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James Lamb named 2020 Sunbelt Farmer of the Year

By on July 23, 2020

James Lamb is a busy man. As an environmental specialist with Prestage Farms Inc., Lamb spends his weekdays conducting compliance inspections on company farms across North Carolina and into South Carolina, as well as helping out over 200 contract growers

Happy National Moth Week!

By on July 22, 2020

When it comes to forest health, moths don’t always have the greatest reputation. The gypsy moth, fall webworm, and forest tent caterpillar are just a few examples of moths that can be damaging to forests. Still, moths are incredibly diverse,

Today’s Topic: Mountain State Fair canceled, but junior livestock shows will go on.

By on July 21, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” We had gotten to a critical time in the planning and preparation for the Mountain State Fair where we would have had

Intern Spotlight: N.C. A&T Sophomore Milosh McAdoo

By on July 20, 2020

Like many other college students across the United States, Milosh McAdoo’s summer internship was unexpectantly altered to meet the needs of a pandemic-ridden nation. Originally from Efland, McAdoo is a rising sophomore at North Carolina A&T State University. As an

Kalawi Farms: A peachy family affair

By on July 17, 2020

Every Friday on social media, we post a Farm Feature Friday showcasing one of our dedicated North Carolina farmers. Jan and Art Williams, of Kalawi Farms, are two of those farmers. The #FarmFeatureFriday campaign will run for an entire year

North Carolina’s “Tomato Man” makes a mark saving and sharing heirloom tomatoes

By on July 16, 2020

Many North Carolinians may know Craig LeHoullier simply as “the Tomato Man” or maybe “the North Carolina Tomato Man” if they’re being specific. …but he never even ate a tomato until he was a teenager. It’s an odd fact in

Increased Occurrence of Pitch Canker in White Pine this Summer

By on July 15, 2020

If you notice oozing clear or red resin and discolored needles on your pine trees, pitch canker could be the culprit. Pitch canker is a widespread fungal disease of pines in North Carolina. Longleaf, loblolly, and slash pine are commonly

Bogue Sound watermelons offer a sweet taste of summer

By on July 6, 2020

In the White Oak River basin of North Carolina the first of July ushers in the start of one of the sweetest parts of summer — watermelon season. The Bogue Sound Watermelon Growers Association consists of about 20 members and

Apples to blackberries – A shift in farm focus

By on July 3, 2020

Every Friday on social media, we post a Farm Feature Friday showcasing one of our dedicated North Carolina farmers. Brent Brown, of Double B. Farms, is one of those farmers. The #FarmFeatureFriday campaign will run for an entire year on

As summer pests multiply, so do your options for handling them

By on July 2, 2020

Now that summer is fully upon us, you may be encountering some typical summertime pests around North Carolina. It may not help that you’re probably home more, giving you more opportunity to notice the critters around the house. The North