Joey Pitchford

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

Quarantine Kitchen: Cajun Corn Salad Warms up the Winter

By on December 10, 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

Voluntary Ag Districts seek local support

By on December 7, 2020

Since its creation in the late 1980’s the Voluntary Agricultural District program has offered counties in North Carolina a way to protect, enhance and advocate for their agricultural land and landowners. With 90 counties now part of the program in

Quarantine Kitchen: And Also With ‘Cue puts leftovers to good use

By on December 2, 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

Deep water crawfish farming shows promise

By on November 4, 2020

North Carolina might not be known for its crawfish farming, but a new technique to the state might help to change that. Crawfish farming is a staple industry in places like Louisiana, and North Carolina is home to at least

Mystic Farm looks to stimulate the mind and the tastebuds

By on October 30, 2020

In his 1902 book “The Varieties of Religious Experience,” philosopher William James wrote that “The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature.” Jump forward over a century later,

Firefly Farms rings in Halloween with Witch’s Haunted Barn

By on September 28, 2020

When Cindy Stubbs retired from veterinary medicine in 2008, all she initially wanted to do was “play in the dirt.” That desire quickly grew into what is now Firefly Farm in Hillsborough, and now Stubbs is ready to share her

Local governments face unique challenges in fighting farmland loss

By on September 9, 2020

Across North Carolina, farmland loss has accelerated at an unprecedented rate over the last 20 years. Between 2001 and 2016, around 6.7 percent of North Carolina’s total farmland was converted into residential and commercial land. That is the second highest