Jen Kendrick

Jen Kendrick is a 20-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

North Carolina dairy industry leads way in secure milk plan

By on March 15, 2017

The dairy industry is a fine-tuned machine. From the farm to milk processors to the grocery store, today’s dairy industry is regional in scope and streamlined to run in a most efficient manner. In North Carolina today, there are about

Faces in the Field: Dr. Tahseen Aziz, avian pathologist

By on March 13, 2017

When we say that our avian pathologist wrote the book about his field of veterinary pathology, we mean it.  When it comes to diagnosing problems in birds, ducks and other avian species, the book that pathologists reach for is Avian Histopathology. And it

Avian flu back in the news

By on March 8, 2017

Late on March 3, our Veterinary Division got word that there was a probable case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial poultry flock in Lincoln County, Tenn. Veterinary officials closely monitored the situation over the weekend and staff participated in

Faces in the Field: George Revels

By on February 13, 2017

Author’s note: Sometimes life just gets in the way. Like for us when Hurricane Matthew hit just a few days before the N.C. State Fair last October. This blog post was written and just waiting to be posted when I got a

Today's Topic

Today’s Topic: State of Agriculture Address

By on February 7, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler gave his State of Agriculture address last week at the annual Ag Development Forum during the Southern

Wake County farm is older than the Declaration of Independence

By on February 6, 2017

Not too many families can claim that their farm has been maintained in their family for more than 100 years. As a matter of fact, in North Carolina, less than 1,900 families are listed in the Century Farm Family Program, which

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

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

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