Posts By: Jen Kendrick

Jen Kendrick

Jen Kendrick is a 19-year veteran of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. She joined the department after graduating with a Mass Communications degree from Campbell University. She grew up in rural southeastern Virginia where she developed a great appreciation for all things pork, peanut and pine. She believes that nothing beats fresh corn on the cob and vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes. And all things deep fried at the N.C. State Fair. Follow Jen on Twitter at

News Roundup

News Roundup: Dec. 17-22

By on December 23, 2016

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Holiday note: State government offices are closed Dec. 23-27 for the Christmas holiday. We will

Today's Topic

Today’s Topic: Christmas time is family time

By on December 20, 2016

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” For many families that are scattered throughout the state, Christmas is a time when the whole family comes home. This yearly family reunion

Monster's Blood, featuring Old Nick Carolina Whiskey

North Carolina spirits for Halloween

By on October 28, 2016

October is North Carolina Spirits Month, so Halloween weekend is the perfect time to highlight some wickedly fun cocktails featuring North Carolina spirits. North Carolina is home to about 50 distilleries and the industry continues to grow. Fair Game Zombie  3/4

Hurricane Fran satellite imagery from National Weather Service

A look back at Sept. 5, 1996

By on September 5, 2016

Hermine is only the latest in a long line of tropical cyclones to affect North Carolina over the past century. One particularly notorious storm struck the state 20 years ago. If you lived in North Carolina in 1996, Sept. 5 is likely a day that you


Backyard poultry breeders need to take precautions to prevent Salmonella

By on June 8, 2016

Backyard poultry breeders should take extra caution when working with poultry as North Carolina is part of a multi-state outbreak of human Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks. The Centers for Disease Control has seen

Rural safety is a focus of Red Cross app

By on April 18, 2016

A lot can go wrong on a farm. From scratches and bruises to heat exhaustion or even dismemberment, farming is one of the most dangerous professions out there. With this in mind, the American Red Cross has partnered with Monsanto to

Small Farms Week: Pine Knot Farms

By on March 24, 2016

When Stanley Hughes celebrated his farm’s 100th anniversary in 2012, it was a milestone that only a small percentage of family farmers reach. Out of about 50,000 farms in the state, only about 1,800 of them are N.C. Century Farms.

Celebrating small farms

By on March 21, 2016

For 30 years, N.C. A & T State University has celebrated Small Farms Week. This year’s theme is “Our Pride, Our Future: North Carolina Small Farmers.” Small farms, are indeed, our pride. About 87 percent of the farms in North

Aaron W. Solomon, Sr.

Black History Month: Aaron W. Solomon Sr.

By on February 15, 2016

The North Carolina Agricultural Hall of Fame was created by the 1953 General Assembly to honor North Carolinians who have rendered distinguished service in the science and art of agriculture. The Hall of Fame room on the first floor of

News Roundup

News Roundup: Feb. 6-12

By on February 12, 2016

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “Our View: If it’s tasty, the Army learns, good food wins converts,” Fayetteville Observer: Like