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Meat and Poultry inspectors help get catfish to the table

By on January 20, 2020

Pete Radford has been a meat and poultry inspector for the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for more than 18 years. His job is to ensure the meat products produced by companies on his watch meet USDA requirements.

An Ash Worth Saving: Program protects trees from invasive beetle

By on January 15, 2020

Seven years ago, the emerald ash borer was first found in North Carolina. Its discovery was met with dread. This invasive beetle had already become notorious by devastating the forests in the Midwest and Northeast. We knew it killed trees

The health of our forests: 2019 year-in-review

By on January 1, 2020

North Carolina is home to beautiful forests which encounter risks from various threats each year.  The significance of native pests vary by year, but the threat from invasive pests is only increasing with time. The N.C. Forest Service (NCFS) Forest

Scotland County farm still delivers a go-to collard variety developed in N.C.

By on December 31, 2019

Most southerners with any trace of agricultural roots are familiar with the New Year’s Day tradition of cooking and eating collard greens and black-eyed peas. An article in the January 2013 edition of “Our State” magazine explained “some say the

Red, white, pink and more! N.C. State Poinsettia trials bring new varieties and color.

By on December 23, 2019

Poinsettias are a popular flower, especially during the holidays. Earlier this month, North Carolina State University hosted its annual poinsettia trials, co-sponsored by the N.C. Commercial Flower Growers Association. Each year, multiple private industry breeders come together to see who

Clark Barlowe leaving legacy of supporting local at Heirloom Restaurant

By on December 20, 2019

Heirloom Restaurant opened it’s doors in Charlotte in February of 2014. In the six years the restaurant has been a part of the Charlotte-area food scene it has garnered attention for not only being a one of the top restaurants

Not just for holidays, sweet potatoes make it from field to fork in a simple process

By on December 13, 2019

Sweet potatoes experience a bit of a zenith during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays when their popularity soars. Sweet potato pies and casseroles are pretty popular, and lots of folks also enjoy what many people may call “candied yams.” In

Foresters for ForestHER: Why NCFS supports a new educational initiative for landowners

By on December 11, 2019

In 2019, a new outreach initiative brought together partners across North Carolina, including the North Carolina Forest Service (NCFS), to offer ForestHER NC. NCFS is proud to be a part of this effort as our mission is to assist forest

Weights and Measures inspectors help keep customers safe

By on December 4, 2019

With colder weather closing in, making sure your home is well-heated is especially important right now. Many people across North Carolina rely on propane to heat their homes and power their appliances. Check out the video above to learn about

Today’s Topic: Long range plans for the State Farmers Market will focus on enhancing experience for consumers. No plans to sell the State Farmers Market.

By on December 3, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” There seems to be some misinformation making the rounds about the State Farmers Market in Raleigh. A public relations campaign with a