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New fairgrounds police chief settling in just in time for GTBNC festival

By on May 19, 2022

The N.C. State Fair has a new police chief who’s just getting settled into the job in time for the Got to Be NC Festival. Anthony “Tony” Prignano started on April 25. Technically, his job title is Public Safety and

NCDA&CS Employee of the Year shines while tackling challenges of work & life

By on February 28, 2022

At a meeting earlier this year, Commissioner Steve Troxler recognized the 2021 NCDA&CS Employee of the Year SueAnn Locklear Safriet. She is a forest management secretary for the N.C. Forest Service in District 10 – a ten-county district based in

Department loses employee with deep connection to research station

By on January 6, 2022

In mid-December, the N.C. Department of Agriculture lost an employee who not only meant a lot to the research station where he worked but to the community around the station. Dale Sheets had worked at the Upper Mountain Research Station

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

Weston McCorkle – The Voice of the State Fair Livestock Shows

By on October 11, 2021

A friend once described Weston McCorkle as the “voice of the State Fair livestock shows.” That nickname, given nearly 20 years ago, has stuck ever since as many people still refer to Weston as “the voice.” In many ways, Weston

Fire Chief Gail Bledsoe finds purpose & peace in the forests of N.C.

By on September 29, 2021

“Growing up in Ashe county, I was surrounded by forests,” said Gail Bledsoe, Fire Chief with the N.C. Forest Service. “It was a place of peace for me and has always been like home.” As a child, Gail was surrounded

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