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Doris Johnson’s collard business is growing one satisfied customer at a time

By on February 8, 2019

February is celebrated as Black History Month. As an industry, agriculture owes a lot to inventions and leadership of African Americans. From nationally recognized leaders such as George Washington Carver, Booker T. Whaley, Henry Blair and Booker T. Washington to

Laurel wilt found in Lenoir County for first time

By on February 7, 2019

Big things come in small packages, and that is certainly true in the case of laurel wilt disease, though not in a good way. The tree-killing disease has already killed an estimated half a billion redbay trees across the Southeast.

Recipe: Sweet Potato & Sausage Hash

By on February 7, 2019

Since February is Sweet Potato Month, we are here to bring you the tastiest sweet potato recipes that are easy for anyone to whip up! North Carolina is the number one producer in the country for sweet potatoes, supplying over

Updates on the Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program of 2018

By on February 6, 2019

Starting late January, farmers who applied for assistance from the Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program of 2018 began to receive payments. “We received around 7,000 applications for ag disaster assistance,” said Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The first round of checks that

Recipe: Spicy Sausage Queso Dip

By on January 31, 2019

With the Super Bowl right around the corner, this last appetizer recipe will make for the perfect viewing party. This recipe is a little different from a traditional queso, since the dip has more of a kick. This recipe is

Dr. Karen Beck-2018 NCDA&CS Employee of the Year

By on January 29, 2019

Dr. Karen Beck of Raleigh, an employee in the Emergency Programs Division, was recently selected as the NCDA&CS Employee of the Year for her exceptional performance and dedication to her work as a surveillance veterinarian. Karen was chosen from the

Bug Off: Agency hard at work to keep invasive moth out of N.C.

By on January 23, 2019

The gypsy moth is not a new problem to the United States. Introduced from Europe to the Boston area in the 1860s, this invasive insect is now considered the worst pest of hardwood trees in eastern United States. Gypsy moth

The first animal of 2019

By on January 18, 2019

Welcome the first baby of 2019, a calf that was born in Waynesville, North Carolina. This new baby is a result of a breeding synchronization study as well as an offspring of Select Sires’ Young Sire Program. The herd of

Recipe: Chicken and Waffle Bites

By on January 17, 2019

It’s hard to go wrong with a good chicken and waffles recipe, but especially this one. We recommend setting this idea aside for an appetizer for a game or any weekend brunch plans. North Carolina ranks 7th in the U.S.

Today's Topic

Today’s Topic: Insights from Commissioner Troxler’s recent tour of food manufacturing facilities in the state.

By on January 16, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Commissioner Troxler and other ag leaders recently toured some North Carolina food manufacturing facilities in the state. He’ll discuss his insights from