Joey Pitchford

Emergency Programs stays prepared for winter storm season

By on January 21, 2022

North Carolinians are no stranger to winter storms, nor to the challenges they present. Icy roads, loss of power and falling trees are just a few of the dangers that these storms can bring. Those kinds of things can cause

Dewitt Hardee retires after 36 years of bringing people together

By on January 7, 2022

One look at Dewitt Hardee’s resume is enough to make your head spin. Hardee, who retired Dec. 31, has been a fixture at NCDA&CS for the entirety of his 36-year tenure. While many may know him by his most recent

From the Ag Department: A pair of family recipes made with love

By on December 30, 2021

Lori Wright’s Deep Dish Sweet Potato Pie There are few things quite as tied up in happy memories as a family recipe. For Lori Wright, NCDA&CS Plant Conservation Program Assistant, her love of baking was instilled at an early age.

Dr. William Foote brings farmer’s perspective to Plant Industry

By on December 16, 2021

The NCDA&CS Plant Industry division has a new face at the top. Dr. William “Bill” Foote, Plant Industry director, joined NCDA&CS in October. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Foote is a farmer by trade, having spent 25 years growing fruits and

U.S. Army and National Guard veteran Dr. Bruce Akers brings lifetime of experience to NCDA&CS emergency programs

By on November 11, 2021

As we honor veterans today for their service to the country, the In the Field blog highlights Army and National Guard veteran and Emergency Programs veterinarian Dr. Bruce Akers. Thank you Dr. Akers for your continued service to others. Over

Plant Industry to add two furry friends

By on October 14, 2021

Man’s best friend will soon have a brand-new job in North Carolina — hunting down invasive bugs. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service’s Plant Industry division will soon welcome a pair of working dogs named Kita and

Phil Wilson to retire after four decades

By on September 23, 2021

Thirty-seven years is a long time to do just about anything. For Phil Wilson, NCDA&CS Plant Industry Director, nearly four decades with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will come to a close later this year when

A day in the EOC: My introduction to emergency response

By on September 1, 2021

The day starts off a bit earlier than usual, but not by enough to justify the complaining I want to do about it. It’s alright though, because to be honest I am excited. I’m heading to the State Emergency Operations

Emergency Programs division ready for Hurricane season

By on August 19, 2021

Hurricanes have become an unfortunate fact of life for North Carolinians in the last decade. As the term “100-year storm” starts to look less and less reliable, preparing for devastating storms and the flooding that often follows has become vital

Ran-Lew Dairy finds new ways to thrive

By on July 29, 2021

Even after decades of family farming, there is always room for a new idea. Take that from Randy Lewis, owner of Ran Lew Dairy in Snow Camp. A fifth-generation dairy farmer, Lewis took over ownership of the farm in 1980,