Viewing: Faces in the Field

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

Drawing from past and present, new Research Stations director leads into the future

By on March 10, 2021

It’s not uncommon for a woman who grew up helping on the farm to embrace the term “farm girl,” but what do you call a woman who grew up on one of North Carolina’s agriculture research stations where farming meets

N.C. military veteran helps others follow him into farming

By on March 3, 2021

The first week of March is “National Invest in Veterans Week” – an initiative launched in 2017 “to empower the public to invest in the veteran population.” Veterans make up about ten percent of owners in American agriculture, forestry and

Dupont State Recreational Forest bridge named in honor of Bill Yarborough

By on March 3, 2021

Agricultural Commissioner Steve Troxler honored longtime N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services employee Bill Yarborough by naming the Dupont State Recreational Forest Little River Access Bridge in his honor. Yarborough recently retired after 35 years of service in Western

Rob Montague recognized as NCDA&CS Employee of the Year

By on February 8, 2021

Robert “Rob” Montague’s involvement in the local community and his commitment to respond to wildfire emergencies – plus many other local emergencies – are major reasons he was recently recognized as the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services 2020

Meet the face of our Stove Side Chat series: Chad Blackwelder

By on January 28, 2021

Many of you may recognize Chad Blackwelder from our Stove Side Chat series on Instagram each Wednesday at 2 p.m. Chad, however, is responsible for a variety of tasks and projects in his role as Food Service Marketing Specialist at