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Recipe: Grilled Pork Shoulder

By on May 25, 2018

Memorial Day weekend is when grilling season officially “heats” up in North Carolina. It’s a great time to gather with family and friends and grill steaks, burgers, hot dogs, seafood or, try the delicious pork recipe below from WRAL’s Local

Get ready for the 2018 Got to Be NC Festival

By on May 14, 2018

With more than 100 tractors, North Carolina food and beverages, music, a carnival and kids activities, the Got to Be NC Festival promises to be a not-to-be-missed event at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, May 18-20. “The antique tractor

Still shopping for Mother’s day? Hint: Moms love the Farmers Market

By on May 9, 2018

Treat mom to a trip to the farmers market this Mother’s Day weekend. Cut flowers, baked goods, nursery plants, crafts and more will be available. Our farmers will have fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, honey and more to create a delicious

Agritourism farms offer summer vacation day trips and longer excursions

By on May 7, 2018

This week is National Travel and Tourism Week and a great time to highlight North Carolina’s agricultural tourism. The number of North Carolina farms welcoming visitors has skyrocketed in the last 10 years, increasing by 89 percent. Moreover, the diversity of

Cool, wet weather delays plantings across the state

By on May 2, 2018

Cool, wet weather has delayed plantings in all regions of the state according to N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ regional agronomists.  Regional agronomists located across the state work individually with farmers to help troubleshoot problems and increase crop production.

Recipe: A North Carolina-inspired cheese board

By on April 26, 2018

Nearly a dozen dairies and creameries across the state have perfected the art of cheesemaking, and they encourage visitors to spend an afternoon, weekend or an entire vacation exploring the North Carolina Cheese Trail. Not only do travelers get to

Pictured is a late-stage spotted lanternfly nymph.

The Spotted Lanternfly: Spotted in Virginia

By on April 25, 2018

And we need your help to spot it here! In 2013, the emerald ash borer was found for the first time in N.C.  Now, a mere 5 years later, it can be found in a third of our state. The

Today's Topic

Today’s Topic: Plant nursery inspections look for pests and diseases to ensure healthy plants for consumers

By on April 17, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Inspectors with our Plant Industry Division are fanning out across the state checking nurseries for plant stock to ensure consumers are purchasing

There’s an App for that – new FieldCheck and BeeCheck apps launch for FieldWatch program

By on April 16, 2018

It’s been two years since the online mapping programs DriftWatch and BeeCheck were launched in North Carolina. Since then, it has become a valuable tool for beekeepers, specialty crop growers and pesticide applicators.  This month the programs launched two apps

Recipe: Tomato sandwiches (with greenhouse tomatoes)

By on April 12, 2018

Next week, the State Farmers Market in Raleigh and the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market in Greensboro will hold their annual Greenhouse Vegetable Days. The Raleigh event will be Thursday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Greensboro event