Joey Pitchford

A 2015 journalism graduate of Appalachian State University, Joey joined the department in 2019 after three years as a newspaper reporter in eastern North Carolina. Born and raised in Raleigh, Joey enjoys playing music and spending time with friends and family.

Hurricane season is here. NCDA&CS Emergency Programs can help you prepare.

By on June 23, 2022

Warm weather is here, and with it comes the yearly threat of hurricane season. For North Carolinians, it’s not exactly a new phenomenon – hurricanes are a part of life here – but in recent years the storms have grown

Bradford Pear Bounty program a success

By on June 6, 2022

It started with a simple question: how do we get rid of those Bradford Pears? A simple premise, but complicated in execution. So when Dr. Kelly Oten of NC State University Extension began looking at ways to start reducing the

A gentle reminder: That bug in your backyard probably isn’t an Asian Giant Hornet

By on May 13, 2022

The sun is shining and the bees are buzzing – but not the Asian Giant Hornets. As the weather gets warmer and insects like bees and wasps become more active, NCDA&CS has seen an uptick in calls from people who

Carolina Coffee Shop offers great food with a side of history

By on May 6, 2022

Taking mom out to eat for Mother’s Day is a perfect way to make her feel appreciated, and North Carolina has all kinds of great destinations to choose from. For those who want something with a unique and historic flair

IMPEC Grant helps Fulcher’s Seafood move forward

By on April 25, 2022

As agriculture continues to grow and expand across North Carolina, small independent meat processors have become a vital part of meeting the growing demand for food both at home and across the nation. That’s where the Improving Meat Production Efficiency

Bradford Pears: A pretty nuisance

By on March 31, 2022

Spring is officially here, and with it come all the familiar sights, sounds and smells. Familiar, however, does not always mean “good.” Such is the case with the Bradford Pear, a tree which has become ubiquitous to North Carolinians for

IMPEC program gives processors flexibility

By on March 25, 2022

By the time a piece of meat hits your plate, it has gone through a long journey. From the farm to the processing plant to the grocery store and everything in between, meat production is a complicated process which requires

Psyllids may help keep dangerous knotweed in check

By on March 11, 2022

In the battle against invasive species, NCDA&CS has a tiny new ally. The invader: Knotweed, a destructive plant which can grow roots systems more than 20 feet wide. The ally: A two-millimeter bug known as a Knotweed psyllid. Nancy Oderkirk,

Weights and Measures week recognizes inspectors

By on March 4, 2022

If there is anything on the minds of most North Carolinians right now, getting your money’s worth at the gas pump is likely pretty close to the top of the list. Thankfully, NCDA&CS weights and measures inspectors help to do

Sharon Woodard keeps the metrology lab at the top of its game

By on February 11, 2022

Keeping North Carolinians safe at the gas pump and the register involves more than a few different things. There’s the technology and expertise needed to carry out inspections. There’s the regulatory and legal knowledge required to enforce safety and accuracy