Viewing: Field Notes

Animal shelters adapt and adjust to COVID-19

By on April 3, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions across the state for many. When your operation relies on a steady supply of volunteers and community outreach, the shut down of services can be especially hard. Animal shelters across the state have shut

Animal care, other work continues on research stations despite pandemic

By on April 2, 2020

This morning before a single ray of sunlight hit the Cherry Research Farm, two workers showed up to milk the cows. In the dark of 4 a.m. their shift began on the farm in Goldsboro. About 140 dairy cows need

Rice Krispies Treats with Chocolate and Pretzels

By on April 1, 2020

So, you’re stuck at home. It’s a familiar situation for many people right now. Staying inside and working from home has become the new norm as the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. Being shut in all day comes with

Delayed but not denied: revamped field day shares ag info

By on March 31, 2020

“The show must go on!” That’s the proverbial phrase that could be applied to a recent event at one of North Carolina’s agriculture research stations. While the planned Small Grains Field Day didn’t go on exactly as planned, it did

NCDA&CS sharing COVID-19-related financial assistance resources

By on March 30, 2020

COVID-19 has upended seemingly all aspects of our lives, including established markets and income sources for some. NCDA&CS is sharing financial assistance resources that we have learned about. Please note these resources are not offered by NCDA&CS. Contact information and

Warm weather brings challenges for beekeepers

By on March 28, 2020

Bee populations in North Carolina are on the upswing, and that means just one thing for beekeepers: you guessed it, more work. Warmer weather means more bees, and more bees means an increase in the predatory varroa mites that can

The adult spotted lanternfly is shown in this picture.

Help Us Spot the Invasive Spotted Lanternfly!

By on March 25, 2020

As its area of infestation grows, North Carolinians should be on the lookout and report sightings of the spotted lanternfly! The spotted lanternfly is sure to draw looks with its vibrant coloration and speckled pattern. By most accounts, it’s a

Recipe: Swiss Chard Pickles

By on March 23, 2020

There’s a bit of a buzz about Swiss chard right now. Maybe it’s a small buzz, but just go with it. A couple of mentions and re-shares on social media are enough to proclaim Swiss chard is the new “it”

NCDA&CS employees receive awards for actions in extraordinary circumstances

By on March 6, 2020

Recently the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recognized two teams of employees for extraordinary service. The employees received “Excellence in Team Accomplishment” awards. A rescue from floodwaters One team was more specifically a pair. Matthew Massey and Jordan Johnson

Happy Weights and Measures Week!

By on March 5, 2020

Happy Weights and Measures Week 2020! Weights and Measures week is celebrated every year from March 1-7, to commemorate President John Adams signing the first U.S. weights and measures legislation into law on March 2, 1799. To mark the occasion,