Viewing: Field Notes

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

Avery County Century Farm brings Christmas to every state

By on November 25, 2019

When people hear Avery County, they think of Christmas trees and rightfully so, it is the Christmas tree capital of the United States. When William Waightstill Avery thinks of Avery County, he thinks of home and a farm, located in

CREP becomes solution for one woman’s farmland preservation dilemma

By on November 22, 2019

Many North Carolinians (and people around the country) face a dilemma these days – what to do with farmland they’ve inherited if they have no desire or means to farm. Jenell Young has a story about that. She moved away

Make plans now to attend the 2019 N.C. State Fair Oct. 17-27

By on October 9, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The N.C. State Fair is just around the corner and fairgoers still have time to save money by buying their tickets in

Several grants available for NC farmers and rural communities

By on October 7, 2019

Fall is traditionally called “harvest season,” but it’s also grant season for several agricultural organizations in North Carolina. That means farmers and others could get thousands of dollars to help with projects on the farm and in the surrounding rural

Nature preserves help protect rare species

By on September 30, 2019

Standing on a rock face on top of a mountain tucked away in Western North Carolina, Lesley Starke looks for a flower. Starke, Plant Conservation Program Manager with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, is not after

Strawberry Habanero Pepper Jelly wows judges at Specialty Foods Association competition

By on September 26, 2019

The 2019 N.C. Specialty Foods Association held it’s annual competition Aug. 28 and 29. Strawberry Habanero Pepper Jelly made by Valley Brook Farms of Durham was named Grand Champion. Almost 100 products competed in nine different categories. Categories were: Baked

Commissioner Troxler: Farmers and compounded stress

By on September 18, 2019

Farmer stress is something that has been on my mind a lot lately. Particularly as I have been meeting with farmers and farm groups across the state. In talking with farmers, I see the worry on their faces and feel