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.

The first animal of 2019

By on January 18, 2019

Welcome the first baby of 2019, a calf that was born in Waynesville, North Carolina. This new baby is a result of a breeding synchronization study as well as an offspring of Select Sires’ Young Sire Program. The herd of

Recipe: Chicken and Waffle Bites

By on January 17, 2019

It’s hard to go wrong with a good chicken and waffles recipe, but especially this one. We recommend setting this idea aside for an appetizer for a game or any weekend brunch plans. North Carolina ranks 7th in the U.S.

2019 Good Food Award Winners

By on January 16, 2019

Eight North Carolina food companies were honored this past weekend at a gala Awards Ceremony in San Francisco to honor the 220 Good Food Awards winners of 2019. In the 9th annual ceremony, the Good Food Awards celebrates American food

National Milk Day

By on January 11, 2019

For all the dairy cow lovers out there, we’re here to tell you about the day for you – National Milk Day! North Carolina is home to 45 dairy farms and ranks 28th in the nation for milk production with

Recipe: Mama’s Chili Sliders

By on January 10, 2019

It’s almost Super Bowl time which means all of the best appetizers and dishes of the year. What better meal to prepare for a night spent watching the football game of the year? These tasty chili sliders will be filling

Baked Apple French Toast

By on January 3, 2019

During the colder months, it’s always nice to have a homemade, warm breakfast recipe to turn to. Whether you make this a regular weekend breakfast for the family, or spoil your friends and house guests with this delicious and sweet

Recipe: Roast in the Crock Pot

By on December 27, 2018

As the holiday season is ending, easy dinners are a must. Even some of the best dinners can take little effort! Grab your crock pot and jot down this delicious, slow cooked meal for any dinner occasion. This preparation is

Recipe: Dixie Peanut Brittle

By on December 20, 2018

Tis the season for peanut brittle! We’re going to give you the best recipe for this delicious, holiday favorite that would make for the perfect go-to snack or gift giving. North Carolina produced 479.7 million pounds of peanuts in 2017

Recipe: Italian Stuffed Eggs

By on December 13, 2018

There’s nothing like realizing you need a last-minute dish for a holiday get-together. We have found the perfect 15-minute recipe that everyone at the party will love and that will feed plenty. This appetizer is the perfect finger food for

Dec. 12: National Poinsettia Day

By on December 12, 2018

What is the holiday season without the beautiful and vibrant plant, the poinsettia? The festive flower is incredibly important to North Carolina as the state ranks second in poinsettia production and sales. “Poinsettia production in our state has a major