Viewing: Field Notes

New recruits learn the strategies and tactics of combating wildfire

By on February 21, 2018

Airplanes and helicopters fly overhead, fire engine lights flash, sirens blare, while volunteer firefighters and residents lob questions and suggestions at the initial attack incident commander, whose job is to form a plan and bring order to the chaos. Fortunately

Commissioner Troxler, industry representatives on trade mission to Brazil

By on February 19, 2018

This past Saturday, Commissioner Troxler and ag representatives from the North Carolina Farm Bureau, N.C. commodity groups and N.C. Board of Ag members, boarded a plane to Sao Paulo, Brazil. Over the next week, the group will tour factories, farms

Southern pine beetle on the rise across the South

By on February 14, 2018

Smaller than a grain of rice, the southern pine beetle (SPB) is considered “the most destructive forest pest in the South”. This menacing label appropriately reflects the devastation it can cause, with outbreaks capable of costing millions of dollars between

Cultured Seafood Festival planned for March 9 in New Bern

By on February 12, 2018

Organizers have something special planned for this year’s N.C. Aquaculture Development Conference in New Bern March 7-10. On Friday, March 9, seafood lovers can take part in the Cultured Seafood Festival, an all-you-care-to-eat feast. Chef James “Smoke” Boyd, owner of

Five N.C. sparkling wines to try this Valentine’s Day

By on February 7, 2018

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, now is the time to plan a romantic evening for your special someone. If you’re looking for a way to make the night extra special, try uncorking a bottle of N.C. sparkling wine. We’ve

10 NC companies receive Good Food Awards

By on January 22, 2018

Ten North Carolina food companies were honored this past weekend in San Francisco at the 2018 Good Food Awards. These awards are given to companies and products that are exceptionally delicious and support sustainability and social good.  Chosen from more

News Roundup

News Roundup: Jan. 13-19

By on January 19, 2018

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. “Documentary: Land of Opportunity,” WRAL: (N.C. Board of Agriculture member Jose Calerdon is featured) Immigration

Dicamba training begins Jan. 25

By on January 17, 2018

Tobacco and other crops are sensitive to dicamba and 2,4-D, so it is important to use best management practices when applying them. Last year, applicators were required to attend training for use of auxin products. The training is specifically designed

Today's Topic

Today’s Topic: The annual Agricultural Development Forum is just around the corner Feb. 1 at the Southern Farm Show in Raleigh.

By on January 16, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The department’s Agricultural Development Forum will be held Feb. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

Grower/Buyer Exchange set for Feb. 20

By on January 15, 2018

On Feb. 20, the department will host produce buyers from Lowes Foods and US Foods at the Grower/Buyer Exchange. The event, organized by the department’s Marketing Division, is geared to N.C. fruit and vegetable growers interested in selling their products