Viewing: Faces in the Field

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

Five questions with State Veterinarian Dr. Mike Martin

By on September 9, 2021

On Aug. 1, 2021, Dr. Mike Martin stepped into his new role as State Veterinarian. Previously, he served as the Poultry Section Head for the NCDA&CS Veterinary Division. In that role he had oversight of all poultry program operations within

Meet the new WNC Farmers Market Manager

By on August 12, 2021

Phil Jacobus has started his career with the NCDA&CS as the new manager of operations/marketing at the Western North Carolina Farmers Market in Asheville. He started June 1, and has jumped right in to implement innovative programs to connect western

Assistant Commissioner Joe Reardon retires after 38 years with NCDA&CS

By on June 30, 2021

Today marks a bittersweet day as we celebrate the retirement of long-time NCDA&CS employee Joe Reardon. Reardon started with the department in the Meat and Poultry Inspection Division as an Inspector 1 on the slaughter floor of the Jesse Jones

Department team recognized for food supply improvements that will last decades

By on June 21, 2021

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler recently recognized a team of employees that has had a huge impact on the state by helping to fix a food supply chokepoint. It’s a problem that became more obvious in the beginning of the COVID-19

Passion for land leads Sabrina Shaffer to NCDA&CS

By on May 13, 2021

Sabrina Shaffer brings a personal perspective to her work in the NCDA&CS Farmland Preservation division. Shaffer, who joined the division as a Farmland Preservation Specialist in December 2020, is responsible for helping review the many documents needed for farms to

Pandemic brought unexpected demand for N.C. beef producers

By on May 6, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has certainly presented challenges for people in all walks of life, and those in agriculture are no exception. However, it also brought an increased demand for many local agricultural producers across the state – producers like Honeycutt

Don Hopkins helps keep the bees buzzing

By on May 5, 2021

Don Hopkins knows his way around a beehive. Hopkins is the NCDA&CS Apiary Inspection Supervisor, which puts him in charge of helping beekeepers across the state maintain the health and safety of their hives. The program includes six inspectors and

Food Distribution director retiring after decades with NCDA&CS

By on April 28, 2021

After 36 years working in the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gary Gay is retiring at the end of this week. He’s been the director of the Food Distribution Division since 1994. When he started with the department

Women at Work

By on March 23, 2021

March is celebrated as National Women’s Month, a time to recognize the many accomplishments of women. There’s a common misconception that agriculture is a male-driven field. In North Carolina, there’s many trail-blazing women that are not only making their impact