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Registration deadline approaching for N.C. Aquaculture Development Conference

By on January 17, 2017

If you’ve ever been curious about starting your own fish or shellfish farm, you won’t want to miss the annual N.C. Aquaculture Development Conference. The event is a great introduction to North Carolina’s growing aquaculture and mariculture industries. Activities include

Got to Be NC recipes: Jim’s Own Pulled Pork

By on January 12, 2017

Whether it’s to stretch the after-holiday budget, or just have something warm and hearty to enjoy when coming home from work on a cold winter day, slow cookers are are popular accessory on kitchen counters in January. The following slow-cooker

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Tar Heel Kitchen: Sausage Stroganoff

By on January 5, 2017

Since 1926, the Agricultural Review has been a free newspaper published by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. For many years, The Tar Heel Kitchen was a featured column written by the department’s marketing home economist. These recipes

Standards inspectors check scales for accuracy

By on January 4, 2017

New Year’s resolutions got you thinking about stepping on the bathroom scale? While our inspectors might not be checking that scale for accuracy, they do check scales that are used for commercial sale. This includes scales at the grocery store,

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NCDA&CS 2016 in review

By on December 30, 2016

For a department that touches the life of each and every N.C. resident on a regular basis, it’s tough to come up with a year in review that’s not the size of a small town’s phone book. The NCDA&CS has

Today's Topic

Today’s Topic: Christmas time is family time

By on December 20, 2016

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” For many families that are scattered throughout the state, Christmas is a time when the whole family comes home. This yearly family reunion

Country hams curing in Nahunta's curing barn

Art, science and state inspection all part of curing country hams

By on December 12, 2016

Nestled in a barn on the Nahunta property in Pikeville are more than 8,000 hams in various stages of curing. And for many tables across our state, the holiday meal isn’t complete without a country ham. Before your Christmas country

Jon Gray, left, and Nikki Herron, right, with supplies donated for firefighting relief efforts in Western N.C. (Photo from WCQS, Western North Carolina Public Radio.)

Community rallied around firefighting efforts in Western NC

By on December 9, 2016

With firefighting crews stationed at numerous sites in Western N.C., it took a lot of volunteers, resources and coordination to keep the operations moving and to provide meals and necessities at multiple locations, several times a day for weeks.  But,

News Roundup

News Roundup: Nov. 26-Dec. 2

By on December 2, 2016

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “Family Trees: Selling Christmas trees more of a passion than a business,” Winston-Salem Journal: When Christmas

Grandfather Vineyard & Winery in Banner Elk is one of eight N.C. wineries in the new Appalachian High Country AVA.

North Carolina’s Appalachian High Country AVA becomes fifth in the state

By on November 25, 2016

North Carolina is home to 525 vineyards, more than 180 wineries and five designated American Viticultural Areas. What better way to celebrate Small Business Saturday than to take a trip to a local winery and support an industry that consists