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Red Light, Green Light: Bee “Traffic Light” is a Best Management Practices Tool

By on June 22, 2017

Farmers, growers, applicators, homeowners and beekeepers have a new tool to help reduce the pesticides risks to bees.  The Pesticide Toxicity to Bees “Traffic Light” uses a color-coded system to show pesticide toxicity levels. The traffic light, developed by the

Students find NC strawberries sensational; Farm to School program shatters strawberry sales record

By on June 5, 2017

North Carolina school students definitely have a soft spot in their hearts when it comes to local strawberries. For the second year in a row, the N.C. Farm to School program has seen record sales of strawberries to participating schools,

NC Board of Agriculture approves new agronomic tests

By on May 25, 2017

The N.C. Board of Agriculture on May 24 approved changes to the suite of tests offered by the NCDA&CS Agronomic Services Division. Here’s a summary of the changes: Added arsenic, selenium and chromium to the list of heavy metals the

Recipe: Got to Be NC Festival

By on May 18, 2017

This weekend the Got to Be NC Festival is being held at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. This event is a family-friendly celebration of agriculture, food and fun. The festival offers something for everyone, including farm animals, antique tractors,

WNC Farmers Market serves as a popular stop for travelers

By on May 10, 2017

This week is National Travel and Tourism Week and the perfect time to highlight a popular travel stop for buses coming from or headed to Nashville, Knoxville, Atlanta and other states. If you have taken a bus trip that travels through

Brenda Blake, left, and nursery and greenhouse area specialized agent Amanda Taylor, right, discuss plant production.

Blake Farms’ greenhouse business blooming with assist of agronomic and production advice

By on May 8, 2017

Brenda Blake of Blake Farms in North Wilkesboro is pretty comfortable raising chickens, vegetables and the grain crops that are part of the family farming operation. After all, the Blake family has been in the farming business since 1978, with

Recipes: Celebrating NC-raised beef

By on May 4, 2017

May is National and North Carolina Beef Month and a great time to find fresh N.C. beef from your local farmers market or grocery store. With more than 1,000 registered meat handlers in North Carolina, finding fresh and local meat

Online mapping a valuable tool for growers, pesticide applicators and beekeepers

By on May 1, 2017

Communication is key to any good relationship, including business. FieldWatch, an online mapping service designed to help prevent crop damage and bee deaths due to accidental or unintended pesticide drift, aims to help improve communication between growers, beekeepers and pesticide


What does this week’s rain mean for NC crops?

By on April 26, 2017

Dry conditions across North Carolina appear to have blunted the impact of this week’s heavy rain on crops. The rain damaged ripe strawberries that had not been picked, but green fruit and the plants themselves came through the event in good

Changes to Worker Protection Standard include fit testing and more worker training

By on April 24, 2017

It’s been a few months since new revisions to federal rules to protect agricultural workers from pesticide exposure went into effect. Since then, inspectors with the Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division have been working to assist farmers, producers and