Viewing: Field Notes

Upper Mountain Research Station serves as staging ground for Trees for Troops

By on December 4, 2017

For the third year, the Upper Mountain Research Station served as a staging ground for Trees for Troops. The station collected more than 300 trees to be delivered by FedEx to military families at Fort Gordon Army Base in Georgia.

Today's Topic

Today’s Topic: Agritourism farms offer fun holiday activities

By on November 21, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” A lot of families will be traveling and getting together for Thanksgiving this week. In fact, it is recognized as the holiday

Talking Turkey: Tips for a safe Thanksgiving

By on November 20, 2017

Family and friends will gather around the table this Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving. The star of most of these tables will be the turkey. If you are in North Carolina, that’s great reason to celebrate. North Carolina is the second-largest

Poultry operators granted exemption from NCDA&CS

By on November 13, 2017

Small flock owners faced an uncertain business dilemma last month when Cool Hand Meats in Marion, the only small poultry processor in the state, closed its doors. This left many small poultry growers who relied on the processor with no

Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup

By on November 9, 2017

Shorter days plus colder nights equals the perfect scenario for trying out a few new soup recipes. We suggest a recipe that uses favorite, in-season fall fruits and vegetables. Butternut squash, pears and apples are all readily available at farmers

November is N.C. Pecan Month

By on November 6, 2017

As families prepare for the holiday season, N.C. pecan farmers are harvesting their crop. The Tar Heel state produces 3 to 5 million pounds of pecans annually, and 2017 is shaping up to be a great year. That’s welcome news

NC honeybees

Beekeepers can apply for new beehive grant

By on October 16, 2017

Interest in beekeeping has grown exponentially since the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association signed their first 38 charter members in 1917. Today, the NCSBA has grown to 4,000 members and has become one of the largest organizations working to protect

News Roundup

News Roundup: Sept. 30-Oct. 6

By on October 6, 2017

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “Ag Secretary Perdue Says Communication With the Non-Farming Public Up to Farmers,” Southern Farm Network: (Audio)

NCDA&CS licenses first drone for pesticide application

By on October 2, 2017

Advances in agriculture happen all the time. Inspectors with our Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division saw this advancement firsthand last week, as they licensed the first drone in North Carolina for pesticide application. “The technology is here for this

Recipe: Winners from the N.C. Mountain State Fair

By on September 28, 2017

Earlier this month the N.C. Mountain State Fair was held in Fletcher, right outside of Asheville.  Just like at the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh, the western N.C. version features cooks competing for blue ribbons and bragging rights in special