Joey Pitchford

April brings the start of nursery inspection season

By on April 7, 2021

Spring is upon us, and with it comes the start of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ nursery inspection season. Inspections began formally on April 1, and are carried out by the Plant Industry division’s Plant Protection

Get to know the new faces in Emergency Programs

By on March 29, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Emergency Programs division is responsible for protecting people and agricultural industry across North Carolina from a wide range of threats. From natural disasters and nuclear incidents all the way to inspecting animals at the

Spotted Lanternfly could be dangerous for North Carolina; Here’s what you need to know

By on March 15, 2021

While North Carolina has its fair share of invasive species already within the state, experts at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are also on the lookout for pests just outside of our borders. The Spotted Lanternfly

USDA: Stick to dairy milk for young children

By on March 4, 2021

The first years of life are crucial to a child’s development, and few things are as important in that time as a healthy diet. For the first time ever, the United States Department of Agriculture is recommending that infants and

Mother’s Finest breaks barriers and spreads knowledge

By on February 24, 2021

Samantha “Foxx” Winship seems to have found her calling on the farm. Owner and operator of Mother’s Finest Family Urban Farms in Winston-Salem, Winship had a sense for agriculture instilled at an early age. Born in New York but with

Mike D’s BBQ turns passion for ‘cue into award-winning flavor

By on February 4, 2021

Mike De Los Santos, owner of the award-winning barbecue sauce and dry rub line Mike D’s BBQ, first got into the business for a simple reason – he just thought he could do it better. De Los Santos, of Durham,

Local leaders look for ways to preserve farmland in the face of residential growth

By on February 3, 2021

Education and zoning laws are just a few of the ways that local leaders in North Carolina are hoping to fight farmland loss. Between 2001 and 2016, around 6.7 percent of North Carolina’s total farmland was converted into residential and

Fire ants quarantine looks to slow down persistent pests

By on January 20, 2021

When people think of “dangerous invasive pests,” fire ants might not necessarily come to mind. While many people view fire ants as a ubiquitous part of life, the pests have actually only been in North Carolina since the 1950’s, after

From pandemics to ‘Murder Hornets,’ Whitney Swink looks back on a wild 2020

By on December 31, 2020

Just as the year is ending, Whitney Swink’s phone has finally quieted down. In a year full of unprecedented international challenges, it might sound presumptuous to say that Swink, NCDA&CS State Regulatory Entomologist, has had a particularly wild year. From

Quarantine Kitchen: Sweet and Savory from Sugar Island

By on December 13, 2020

This year has been full of unprecedented times and situations. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many families and individuals will be cooking at home this holiday season. That’s why we are bringing the dishes to you all month long in