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Live Easter pets require long-term commitments

By on March 28, 2018

Baby chicks, ducks and rabbits sure are cute, but they come with responsibility, too. This weekend, consider the long-term commitment they require before buying them for Easter baskets. Last year, more than 500 rabbits and 300 chickens were turned over

Commissioner Troxler, industry representatives on trade mission to Brazil

By on February 19, 2018

This past Saturday, Commissioner Troxler and ag representatives from the North Carolina Farm Bureau, N.C. commodity groups and N.C. Board of Ag members, boarded a plane to Sao Paulo, Brazil. Over the next week, the group will tour factories, farms

Field Trip: Following a meat and poultry inspector

By on March 28, 2016

NCDA&CS inspector Codi Brandon’s office is located at Piedmont Custom Meats, a slaughter and processing plant in Gibsonville. And at this facility, inspecting the animals is her job. She is one of about 85 inspectors located across North Carolina whose job

Field Trip: Riding along with a motor fuels inspector

By on March 2, 2016

Most people pull up to the gas station about once a week to fill up their tank. Valerie Thoms, an inspector with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, pulls her mobile inspection lab to the gas station about

Field Trip: Inspecting scales and price scanners at the grocery store

By on July 17, 2015

There aren’t too many days that Benjamin Foster is not at a grocery store. As an inspector for the NCDA&CS Standards Division, he is responsible for making sure consumers get what they pay for by checking scales and price scanners throughout

Field Trip: Inspecting Heavy Truck Scales

By on June 15, 2015

Recycling old appliances, aluminum cans and other heavy metal items not only keeps these items out of our landfills, it sends the customer home with a little spending money. We recently met with Glen Farmer, a heavy scale inspector with

Troxler gets updated on agribusinesses during tour of NC’s western counties

By on June 8, 2015

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler met with NCDA&CS employees, agribusinesses and local leaders during a two-day trip to Western North Carolina last week. He toured construction sites of two new agribusinesses in Mills River — the Tri-Hishtil plant-grafting facility and Bold Rock Hard Cider’s cider-making operation.

Motor Fuels lab participates in RiskFest

By on May 1, 2014

Eighth-graders at Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School in Raleigh tried their hands at being field chemists at the NCDA&CS Motor Fuels Lab display at RiskFest, an annual event at the school that allows students to participate in hands-on activities that

Dr. Weimin Ye named 2012 Employee of the Year

By on March 11, 2013

The department’s nematode lab processes about 36,000 samples each year, making it the busiest lab of its kind in the nation. As section chief for the nematode lab, Dr. Weimin Ye is there to make sure the lab runs smoothly.

Field Trip: Agritourism at Hill Ridge Farms

By on January 23, 2013

In our “Field Trip” feature, we take readers into the field to learn more about agriculture across the state. Recently, we visited an agritourism farm in Youngsville. This blog is a companion piece to a feature in the February issue