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Spay/Neuter Program encourages responsible pet ownership

By on July 24, 2017

Some of the best things that owning a dog or a cat can bring include unconditional love and companionship. But pets also bring their share of expenses, including food, vaccinations and, of course, the cost of spaying or neutering. The

David Welch is being posthumously recognized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a Recovery Champion for his conservation work.

Late NCDA&CS employee posthumously honored as a Recovery Champion by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

By on July 19, 2017

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence, making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” — Sheryl Sandberg By all accounts, David Welch left a lasting legacy through his work with the Plant Conservation Program

Curbing credit card skimmers at fuel dispensers protects consumers

By on July 17, 2017

Identity theft is a growing problem, affecting both consumers and businesses. In the last year, there has been an increasing number of reports in North Carolina of skimming devices being found inside of fuel dispensers to collect the credit and

In the kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Rounding up a few favorite beef recipes

By on July 6, 2017

    WRAL reporter Brian Shrader and our own Lisa Prince feature seasonal recipes in their weekly Local Dish Cooking segment. Below, Brian and Lisa feature recipes with beef as a main ingredient. With 1,000 registered meat handlers in the

Red Light, Green Light: Bee ‘Traffic Light’ is a Best Management Practices Tool

By on June 22, 2017

Farmers, growers, applicators, homeowners and beekeepers have a new tool to help reduce the pesticides risks to bees.  The Pesticide Toxicity to Bees “Traffic Light” uses a color-coded system to show pesticide toxicity levels. The traffic light, developed by the

Students find NC strawberries sensational; Farm to School program shatters strawberry sales record

By on June 5, 2017

North Carolina school students definitely have a soft spot in their hearts when it comes to local strawberries. For the second year in a row, the N.C. Farm to School program has seen record sales of strawberries to participating schools,

NC Board of Agriculture approves new agronomic tests

By on May 25, 2017

The N.C. Board of Agriculture on May 24 approved changes to the suite of tests offered by the NCDA&CS Agronomic Services Division. Here’s a summary of the changes: Added arsenic, selenium and chromium to the list of heavy metals the

Recipe: Got to Be NC Festival

By on May 18, 2017

This weekend the Got to Be NC Festival is being held at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. This event is a family-friendly celebration of agriculture, food and fun. The festival offers something for everyone, including farm animals, antique tractors,

WNC Farmers Market serves as a popular stop for travelers

By on May 10, 2017

This week is National Travel and Tourism Week and the perfect time to highlight a popular travel stop for buses coming from or headed to Nashville, Knoxville, Atlanta and other states. If you have taken a bus trip that travels through

Brenda Blake, left, and nursery and greenhouse area specialized agent Amanda Taylor, right, discuss plant production.

Blake Farms’ greenhouse business blooming with assist of agronomic and production advice

By on May 8, 2017

Brenda Blake of Blake Farms in North Wilkesboro is pretty comfortable raising chickens, vegetables and the grain crops that are part of the family farming operation. After all, the Blake family has been in the farming business since 1978, with