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: Buffalo Egg Salad Celery Sticks

By on April 25, 2019

Happy National Egg Salad Week! In honor of this week, we are going to share an egg-cellent and easy dish with you. The Incredible Egg is a good source for fact, recipes, nutritional facts and information on egg farmers. If

Recipe: Bunnies’ Tres Leches Mini Cakes

By on April 18, 2019

Looking for the perfect sweet treat for Easter? Need an easy dessert to make with the kids? We’re sharing a quick, yummy recipe from the N.C. Egg Association this holiday weekend! This tres leches recipe only takes a little over

Recipe: Inside-Out Grilled Cheese with Turkey, Apple & Bacon

By on April 11, 2019

Happy National Grilled Cheese Month! This week we are sharing a popular recipe from Kate Kelly, Life of a Ginger author and North Carolina blogger. Not only is it National Grilled Cheese Month, but Friday, April 12 is National Grilled

Recipe: Strawberry Mini Cakes

By on April 4, 2019

Since strawberry season has officially begun in North Carolina, we thought we would share another sweet treat with you. The N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services and N.C. Strawberry Association will celebrate with two Strawberry Day events in May.

NCDA&CS teamed with rescuers and volunteers for companion animal assistance during Hurricane Florence

By on April 1, 2019

This past Fall, North Carolina faced destruction and devastation when Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wilmington.  The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services worked with various divisions within the department and other organizations to prepare and recover from Hurricane

Recipe: Strawberry Cream Cheese Cobbler

By on March 28, 2019

Strawberry season has arrived! April marks the beginning of strawberry season here in North Carolina and will run through the end of May. North Carolina is the fourth-largest producer of strawberries in the nation, with about 1,100 acres harvested across

NCDA&CS employees honored with Team Excellence award for outstanding work through hurricane relief

By on March 26, 2019

When Hurricane Florence hit, the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services had a team of employees that came together from various divisions. This group was made into the Mass Mortality Team, which would be responsible for providing leadership and

Zingy Lemon Chicken Pasta

By on March 21, 2019

Since April is National Nutrition Month, we wanted to share some healthy, easy recipes that anyone can make for any occasion.  You can head over to choosemyplate.gov for tons of healthy recipes, how to eat healthy on a budget and

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