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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

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