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Spring activities are under way or planned at farms across the state. Events and activities include pick-your-own strawberries, farm dinners, workshops, country stores, farm tours, yoga with llamas or goats, wine tastings, and more.

By on March 30, 2021

The spring agritourism season is getting under way now with a variety of activities planned at farms across the state. There’s no shortage of fun-on-the farm activities – pick-your own flowers and strawberries, farm-fresh foods and country stores, yoga with

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Social media series introducing a farmer a week wraps up one-year run. More stories to come.

By on March 24, 2021

The department has reached the one-year mark on a social media series introducing followers to North Carolina farmers. It’s been a popular feature so we plan to continue it through July and will then launch a follow-up series introducing people

Use caution when burning during Spring fire season.

By on March 16, 2021

 The N.C. Forest Service defines March through May as Spring wildfire season and cautions residents to be careful when burning during this time of year. As the temperatures warm up, people are getting out in their yards, clearing out debris

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New NCDA&CS and Dairy Alliance Video Project Promotes Milk for Infants

By on March 9, 2021

NCDA&CS and the Dairy Alliance are partnering up on a new video campaign promoting the benefits of dairy milk for infants and young children. USDA recommends infants and toddlers only drink milk and water, because of the benefits that milk

Planting intentions surveys going out to growers and National Weights and Measures Week runs through March 7

By on March 2, 2021

Summary: I wanted to give listeners a heads up about two things going on now. First, growers will soon be receiving a planting intentions survey from the National Agricultural Statistics Service. It is important growers fill out that survey. Also,

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Today’s Topic: National FFA Week

By on February 23, 2021

This week is National FFA Week and we want to take a moment to recognize students in FFA and all who advise those groups. FFA has been around since 1928 and is currently available in 98 counties in North Carolina.

Things readying to move at the Agricultural Sciences Center.

By on February 16, 2021

Work to move into the Agricultural Science Center will soon begin with the hiring of moving companies to help facilitate the move of core lab equipment, office equipment and supplies. This is anything but a typical move because of the

NC Feral Swine Task Force receives $2.6 million in grants

By on February 9, 2021

The Feral Swine Task Force has received more than $2.6 million in grants to help combat the feral swine problem in six North Carolina counties. Grants include $620,000 for Sampson County North, $750,000 for Sampson County South and $1.25 million

A snapshot of the state of forestry in North Carolina.

By on February 2, 2021

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Our N.C. Forest Service creates a report each year outlining the status of forestry resources in the state. Around 61 percent or

IMPEC grants already producing results for processors and farmers

By on January 26, 2021

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” As 2020 came to a close, our department was finishing up work to finalize all the documentation for $20.25 million in grants