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Apiary program keeps bees buzzing

By on June 18, 2019

In honor of National Pollinator Month June 17-23, we are highlighting some of the apiary services of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Tucked in a clearing off the side of Chatham Street in Cary, hundreds of honeybees

Study underway to help farmers produce malting barley for breweries

By on June 17, 2019

If NCDA&CS Agronomist Kristin Hicks has her way, in a couple of years North Carolina beer brewers and malting houses will have access to more locally grown malting barley rather than having to source that ingredient from farmers in the

Super Sippers out chug All Stars

By on June 12, 2019

Today legislators faced off for the 19th Annual Legislative Milk Chugging Contest between the House and Senate Agriculture committees. Teams competed to see who could chug six half pints of milk in the shortest amount of time. Winners earned a

Honey, what’s all the buzz? Beginning beekeepers help our pollinators.

By on June 12, 2019

When most people hear a buzzing sound, they may begin to panic in fear of being stung. However, honeybees are not harmful. Bees pollinate plants and play an important role in providing us with one out of every three bites

NCDA&CS recognizes Food Distribution warehouses for relief efforts

By on June 11, 2019

NCDA&CS is recognizing the Food Distribution division’s Butner and Salisbury warehouse staff for their extraordinary work as a team in this busy season. This was a great year for the team but both warehouse staff have been working extremely hard

Today's Topic

Today’s Topic:

By on June 11, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The number of rabies cases in livestock is on the rise this year and we haven’t even reached peak season. We have

REMINDER: No new Equine Event Passports will be issued after June 30

By on June 10, 2019

North Carolina’s Equine Event Passport Program is ending after this year and will be replaced with the Extended Equine Certificate of Veterinary Inspection Program. All North Carolina equine passports will expire on or before Dec. 31. Since an equine passport

Here We Go Again! Forest Tent Caterpillar Outbreak Continues for Fifth Year

By on June 5, 2019

The forest tent caterpillar strikes again! Just after getting them this spring, trees along the Roanoke River, Chowan River, and Lake Waccamaw once again lost their leaves. The very hungry caterpillar responsible for this defoliation, the forest tent caterpillar, is

Recipe: Strawberry Crisp

By on May 30, 2019

In honor of the last week of strawberry month, go support local farmers markets and grab some strawberries to make this sweet treat! Thanks to Belle of the Kitchen, we are sharing this fruity dessert with you this week. Ingredients

Hemp industry sees explosion of interest

By on May 24, 2019

By Joey Pitchford Since the passage of the federal farm bill in 2018 legalized the growing of industrial hemp, interest in the crop here in North Carolina has exploded. Since the end of 2018, the number of licensed hemp growers