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Chocolate bunnies and chick peeps make better Easter basket gifts

By on April 17, 2019

Baby chicks, ducks and rabbits sure are cute, but they come with responsibility, too. This weekend, consider the long-term commitment they require before buying them for Easter baskets. More than 500 rabbits and 300 chickens are turned over to animal

Recipe: Inside-Out Grilled Cheese with Turkey, Apple & Bacon

By on April 11, 2019

Happy National Grilled Cheese Month! This week we are sharing a popular recipe from Kate Kelly, Life of a Ginger author and North Carolina blogger. Not only is it National Grilled Cheese Month, but Friday, April 12 is National Grilled

Backyard Blog Tips: Moss problems

By on April 10, 2019

If you want tips for greener yards, perkier plants and healthier soils, then follow along with the Backyard Blog Tips, a monthly column from agronomists with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Agronomic Services Division — yes, the

Recipe: Strawberry Mini Cakes

By on April 4, 2019

Since strawberry season has officially begun in North Carolina, we thought we would share another sweet treat with you. The N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services and N.C. Strawberry Association will celebrate with two Strawberry Day events in May.

NCDA&CS Agronomic Services Division is much more than just soil testing

By on April 3, 2019

File this under “Learned Something New Today,” but I didn’t know that April 1-5 is recognized as Agronomy Week. In fairness, it’s a relatively new celebration, marking just it’s third year. The week offers us a chance to highlight some

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Today’s Topic: Agritourism activities are springing up all across the state. (Pun intended.)

By on April 2, 2019

It doesn’t take much encouragement to want to be outside enjoying the warm spring weather. Farms with agritourism activities have been busy making plans for guests this spring.  You can find activities across the state from pick-your-own strawberry fields and

NCDA&CS teamed with rescuers and volunteers for companion animal assistance during Hurricane Florence

By on April 1, 2019

This past Fall, North Carolina faced destruction and devastation when Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wilmington.  The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services worked with various divisions within the department and other organizations to prepare and recover from Hurricane

Farewell Ronnie Best

By on March 29, 2019

For Ronnie Best, Farmer’s Market Manager, the time has come to take a break. Best will start that break Sunday, when he officially retires after 19 years as market manager.  Best has worked at the market for 21 years, starting

Recipe: Strawberry Cream Cheese Cobbler

By on March 28, 2019

Strawberry season has arrived! April marks the beginning of strawberry season here in North Carolina and will run through the end of May. North Carolina is the fourth-largest producer of strawberries in the nation, with about 1,100 acres harvested across

You’re not from around here, are ya? Invasive species are a worldwide issue

By on March 27, 2019

There are several strangers in a strange land here in North Carolina. In fact, the majority of our worst forest pests are non-native invasive species. In the 1990s, the tree-killing hemlock woolly adelgid was first found in N.C. and can