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.

Recipe: Honey Chess Pie

By on March 14, 2019

In honor of Pi Day, here is a classic, Southern dish that is easy to make! This recipe takes Chess pie and adds a touch of North Carolina to it with some local honey. North Carolina is a popular state

Recipe: Crunchy Chicken Peanut Salad

By on March 7, 2019

Happy National Peanut Month! Looking for a tasty lunch recipe to take to work? Want a unique and tasty appetizer for dinner? This salad recipe is the easy dish you’ve been looking for. Celebrate National Peanut Month with this nutty

Recipe: Sweet Potato Pudding

By on February 28, 2019

For the last week of Sweet Potato Month, we are giving you a sweet and easy dessert recipe. So why do we take a month to celebrate sweet potatoes? Not only are they delicious and packed with vitamins and nutrients,

Recipe: Sweet Potato Muffins

By on February 21, 2019

For National Sweet Potato month, we’re giving you the tastiest sweet potato recipes for any meal! With high school and middle school sports starting back for the season, this recipe will be the perfect breakfast or snack for athletes. Sweet

Mark your calendars: NC Ag Awareness Day is March 20

By on February 20, 2019

NC Ag Awareness Day at the General Assembly is March 20. Please save this date, make plans to attend and invite others to join us. In addition to educating elected representatives about agriculture, NC Ag Awareness Day is an opportunity

Dietrich Kilpatrick has had quite the impact on N.C. Soil and Water Conservation

By on February 15, 2019

February is celebrated as Black History Month. As an industry, agriculture owes a lot to inventions and leadership of African-Americans. From nationally recognized leaders such as George Washington Carver, Booker T. Whaley, Henry Blair and Booker T. Washington to local

Say you’ll be wine, Valentine

By on February 14, 2019

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to head to your local winery for their specials and tastings? Grab your sweetheart and find your neighborhood winery for a night to “wine” down. If you’re looking for a night in,

Love is in the air, and so are McLean’s sweet treats

By on February 9, 2019

Need ideas for Valentine’s Day? Looking for a decadent treat for a gift? How about chocolate covered strawberries for your sweetie? North Carolina ranks 3rd nationally in strawberries. Local berries purchased this time of year are grown in green houses.

Recipe: Sweet Potato & Sausage Hash

By on February 7, 2019

Since February is Sweet Potato Month, we are here to bring you the tastiest sweet potato recipes that are easy for anyone to whip up! North Carolina is the number one producer in the country for sweet potatoes, supplying over

Recipe: Spicy Sausage Queso Dip

By on January 31, 2019

With the Super Bowl right around the corner, this last appetizer recipe will make for the perfect viewing party. This recipe is a little different from a traditional queso, since the dip has more of a kick. This recipe is