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The symbiotic relationship between a chef and a farmer

By on April 16, 2021

Every Friday on social media, we post a Farm Feature Friday showcasing one of our dedicated North Carolina farmers. Anna and Paul Littman, with Ivy Creek Farm, are two of those farmers and they help drive innovation and inspire eating

Drones will help NCDA&CS investigate damage to crops

By on April 15, 2021

On a recent spring day, the buzz of drones filled the air over one of N.C. State University’s field labs about five miles south of campus. Beside the big open fields, stood staff from the N.C. Department of Agriculture and

NC poised to be a leader in bioenergy 

By on April 14, 2021

In 2018, North Carolina produced its first natural gas. This gas came from pig farms.   Eastern North Carolina is dotted with pig farms, with the state ranking second in the United States in the production of hogs. It is

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Spring ushers in strawberry season

By on April 13, 2021

The recent cold temperatures kept strawberry growers busy frost protecting their plants, but it appears to have been successful. Fresh strawberries are starting to come in now in Eastern counties, with more expected over the next two weeks. Summary of

Driving Ag Education at Good Hope Farm

By on April 9, 2021

Every Friday on social media, we post a Farm Feature Friday showcasing one of our dedicated North Carolina farmers. Erin Crouse and Sarah Justice with Good Hope Farms are inspiring community members to become farmers themselves. The #FarmFeatureFriday campaign will

Regional Agronomists provide April crop updates

By on April 8, 2021

With a long, wet winter and now Easter behind us, field work and land preparation for the 2021 crop is in full swing. With the soils drying out over the past week, many acres have been tilled and/or burndown herbicides

April brings the start of nursery inspection season

By on April 7, 2021

Spring is upon us, and with it comes the start of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ nursery inspection season. Inspections began formally on April 1, and are carried out by the Plant Industry division’s Plant Protection

A Karefree Farm Life

By on April 2, 2021

Every Friday on social media, we post a Farm Feature Friday showcasing one of our dedicated North Carolina farmers. Karen and Jeff Frye are two of those farmers. The #FarmFeatureFriday campaign will run through December 2021 on our Facebook, Twitter

Research could help N.C. farmers grow cigar wrapper tobacco for premium prices

By on April 1, 2021

Growing tobacco in North Carolina is nothing new, but tobacco that can sell for nearly $6 per pound certainly is. The recent norm for the state’s traditional flue cured or burley varieties is close to $2 per pound. However, some

Get to know the new faces in Emergency Programs

By on March 29, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Emergency Programs division is responsible for protecting people and agricultural industry across North Carolina from a wide range of threats. From natural disasters and nuclear incidents all the way to inspecting animals at the