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Department offering Phase 4 of IMPEC grants. Deadline to apply is Sept. 1

By on June 28, 2022

The application period for Phase 4 of IMPEC grants is open, with proposals due by Sept. 1. The grants are targeted to small to mid-sized independent meat and seafood processors. We recently opened Phase 4 of the IMPEC grants for

North Carolina Forest Service and USDA Forest Service ask people not to fly drones around wildfires. It impedes an agency’s response, put pilots at risk and is illegal.

By on June 21, 2022

Summary: Technology can help us in many ways, but when it comes to wildfire response, a resident’s use of a drone in a fire area can actually hinder efforts to control a wildfire. Plus, it is illegal and puts responding

State Veterinarian lifts ban on public poultry sales and shows due to High Path Avian Influenza.

By on June 14, 2022

Summary: As of June 1, the ban on public poultry sales and shows has been lifted because no new cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found in the state. Poultry owners are encouraged to continue to follow strict

Shoppers can find lots of local produce in season now as farmers markets are hitting their peak. Shopping local helps support farmers, ensuring access to local foods.

By on June 7, 2022

Farmers markets are bustling places across North Carolina with many fresh fruits, vegetables and meats being available now for shoppers. Supporting farmers markets helps support North Carolina farmers who face significant increases in input costs. Talking Points: Weren’t we just

N.C. State’s Dr. Mike Walden releases new agriculture economic impact numbers. Pandemic a temporary setback to reaching $100 billion milestone.

By on May 31, 2022

Summary: Latest economic impact numbers from agriculture point to continued strength in the state as agriculture and agribusiness account for one-sixth of the state’s income and employment. Numbers also provide insight into the effects of the pandemic as totals fail

N.C. State Fair able to offer $57,000 in scholarships this year to 28 junior livestock show recipients. Funds to help with higher education expenses.

By on May 24, 2022

Summary: The N.C. State Fair Junior Livestock Sale of Champions each year raises money for show winners, but also for junior livestock show participants through scholarships. Since this program started in 2015, nearly $400,000 in scholarships have been awarded to

Know your bees. “Murder hornets” not likely in North Carolina

By on May 17, 2022

People are out working in their yards more and likely will see bees buzzing about pollinating plants. It is also the time of year when people start to see common North Carolina bees, wasps and hornets. Eastern cicada killer wasps,

Vaccination time for West Nile Virus and Triple E (EEE) for equine.

By on May 10, 2022

Summary: As the weather warms, now is the time to take steps to protect your equine from WNV and EEE through vaccination. In the South, it seems like we deal with mosquitoes almost year-round. That might be a slight exaggeration,

Agriculture and carbon sequestration.

By on May 3, 2022

Last week we hosted a roundtable discussion with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, EPA Administrator Michael Regan and industry leaders on how federal and state partners are working together to build a more resilient food and agriculture system in response to

Mark your calendar for the return of the Got to Be NC Festival May 20-22 at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

By on April 26, 2022

Summary: The Got to Be NC Festival is ready to welcome guests back after a two-year break due to COVID-19. May is a busy month, so we hope people will put this event on the calendar and come see us