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Today’s Topic: Plant nursery inspections look for pests and diseases to ensure healthy plants for consumers

By on April 17, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Inspectors with our Plant Industry Division are fanning out across the state checking nurseries for plant stock to ensure consumers are purchasing

There’s an App for that – new FieldCheck and BeeCheck apps launch for FieldWatch program

By on April 16, 2018

It’s been two years since the online mapping programs DriftWatch and BeeCheck were launched in North Carolina. Since then, it has become a valuable tool for beekeepers, specialty crop growers and pesticide applicators.  This month the programs launched two apps

Recipe: Tomato sandwiches (with greenhouse tomatoes)

By on April 12, 2018

Next week, the State Farmers Market in Raleigh and the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market in Greensboro will hold their annual Greenhouse Vegetable Days. The Raleigh event will be Thursday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Greensboro event

Recipe: A mighty microgreen appetizer

By on April 5, 2018

Nutrient-dense and flavorful microgreens are sprouting up at grocery stores, farmers markets and CSA boxes on a more frequent basis.  These tiny vegetables are seedlings that are harvested when the first true leaves appear.  Microgreens are considered a superfood –

Testing the Waters: Searching for a Tree-Killing Disease Hiding in N.C.’s Streams

By on April 4, 2018

In 2004, an uninvited guest was found for the first time in North Carolina when plants infected with the sudden oak death pathogen were discovered in several nurseries. Apprehension grew quickly, as sudden oak death is responsible for the devastation

The adult spotted lanternfly is shown in this picture.

Plant pest specialists on the lookout for the pretty, but perilous spotted lanternfly

By on April 2, 2018

The adult spotted lanternfly is shown in this picture. The spotted lanternfly sounds like it might be a cute bug to have around, but it’s not. Plant pest specialists are asking for the public’s help in looking for this invasive

Spring-time activity sheet can double as placemats for the kids table at Easter

By on March 26, 2018

Help the Easter Bunny find his eggs and learn a little about North Carolina agriculture. This activity sheet is out just in time to serve as as a placemat for the kids’ table at Easter dinner, or as fun springtime activity

Recipe: Bob’s Smokin’ Southern BBQ sauce smoked baby back ribs

By on March 22, 2018

A Got to Be NC barbecue sauce recently received a long-distance accolade.  The Smoking Joint, a BBQ competition team from Australia, was named Grand Champion in the Melbourne Kansas City Barbecue Society festival last month using Bob’s Smokin’ Southern BBQ

NC Ag Export Seminar is May 24 – 25; Registration is open

By on March 21, 2018

Are you a farmer, agribusiness owner, food or beverage company or commodity representative interested in international trade? Join the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services as we host the 2018 N.C. Agriculture Export Seminar at the Koury Convention

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Today’s Topic for Broadcast on March 20: Deadline for replying to the 2017 Census of Ag has been extended.

By on March 20, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Every five years the U.S. Department of Agriculture conducts a Census of Agriculture to capture a comprehensive snapshot of where agriculture is