Emily Hughes

A North Carolina native, Emily Hughes earned a degree in Communications and in Spanish at Appalachian State University. She then worked full time from 2016 to 2018 as a Communications Specialist for a municipality outside of Charlotte while she earned a Master of Public Administration. She began working for the Agriculture Department in August of 2018 in the Public Affairs division.

Christmas in July: Tiny Christmas tree seedlings being researched to be field ready sooner

By on July 26, 2019

If you look closely, the Upper Mountain Research Station in Laurel Springs is starting to take on the look of Christmas. Hundreds of tiny Frazer Fir Christmas tree seedlings are growing under the watchful eyes of research station staff. The

Recipe: Peach on the Atlantic Beach Pie

By on July 25, 2019

We’re sharing a sweet dish that is a famous N.C. recipe that might help in this heat wave. Wendy Perry, Culinary Adverturist and Home Economist, has passed along this recipe and a few tips on how to make it. “You

Recipe: Pork and Watermelon Kebobs

By on July 18, 2019

Since it’s watermelon season, we wanted to share a N.C Watermelon Association recipe with you all this week. This recipe if full of nutrients and easy to make for a large group or for just a quick dinner! North Carolina

Recipe: Pea and Crab Salad

By on July 11, 2019

Drum roll please! The up-and-coming, favorite crop is…peas! Click here for more about the tiny vegetable that has gained popularity this season. Be sure to grab your produce and ingredients at the local farmers market or neighborhood grocery store and

Recipe: Strawberry Yogurt Shortcake

By on July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July! This week, we want to share a sweet, festive treat for this patriotic weekend from The Dairy Alliance. North Carolina ranks 3rd in the nation in strawberry production. Be sure to grab your ingredients at your

Recipe: Homemade Banana Pudding

By on June 27, 2019

With the 4th of July coming up, we wanted to share summer dessert recipes with you! This southern dish is a favorite and incredibly easy to whip together for any occasion. Thank to The Dairy Alliance for this fruity recipe.

Recipe: Easy Peach Cobbler

By on June 20, 2019

It’s National Peaches and Cream day, and what’s better than fresh cobbler with vanilla ice cream on a hot day? With peaches in season, this is the perfect, easy dessert for any occasion. Make your cobbler with fresh N.C. peaches!

Recipe: Cucumber & Feta Salad

By on June 13, 2019

Since it’s National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables month and National Cucumber Day today, we are sharing a healthy and fresh dish. This recipe is perfect for a hot, summer day and only takes 15 minutes to put together! Save this

NCDA&CS recognizes Food Distribution warehouses for relief efforts

By on June 11, 2019

NCDA&CS is recognizing the Food Distribution division’s Butner and Salisbury warehouse staff for their extraordinary work as a team in this busy season. This was a great year for the team but both warehouse staff have been working extremely hard

Recipe: Peach Ice Cream

By on June 7, 2019

For National Dairy Month and National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, we are sharing this fruity dish with you! Thanks to the NC Peach Growers Society for this summertime favorite recipe. In North Carolina, peaches are officially in season! Peach