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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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