Recipe: Naturally dyed Easter eggs

By on April 13, 2017

Decorating and hunting for eggs has long been a part of Easter traditions. Many families, like mine, mostly would pick up plastic eggs at the store and fill with candy, stickers or quarters. This year, I tried the old-fashioned approach

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Today’s Topic: NC marks 1st anniversary of using FieldWatch programs to protect bees and crops

By on April 11, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” A year ago this month, North Carolina became the 14th state to partner with FieldWatch, an online mapping service designed to help prevent

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News Roundup: April 1-7

By on April 7, 2017

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “Hog waste bill speeds through NC House,” WRAL: Speed legislating is pretty common each legislative session

Recipe: Mt. Olive Pickles

By on April 6, 2017

Spicy, sour, sweet or dill. Whatever your pickle preference, it’s likely Mt. Olive Pickles in Wayne County has your pickle craving covered. With almost 100 years in the pickle business, Mt. Olive  has certainly earned a reputation for being tops

It’s raining cats and… sawflies?

By on April 5, 2017

Springtime in North Carolina means it’s raining pollen!  A yellow glaze coats everything outside and many are taking their allergy medicine religiously.  But if you’re in the right place at the right time, something else might be dropping onto your

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Today’s Topic: NC farmers say they will plant more cotton, peanuts, soybeans, wheat in 2017

By on April 4, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” North Carolina farmers intend to plant more cotton, peanuts, soybeans and wheat this year, according to USDA’s Prospective Plantings report. Farmers expect

NC Forest Service’s George Evans honored as NCDA&CS Employee of the Year

By on April 3, 2017

George Evans could be the living definition of a strong work ethic. His dedication to getting the job done earned Evans recognition as the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Employee of the Year. Evans is a forest fire

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News Roundup: March 25-31

By on March 31, 2017

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “Pruitt’s EPA denies petition to ban chlorpyrifos,” Southeast Farm Press: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed March

International Sweet Potato Week kicks off April 1

By on March 31, 2017

In North Carolina, we often take for granted the humble sweet potato. It’s a Southern staple and a part of many family dinners here. In other parts of the world, however, the sweet potato is a relatively new product. That’s why

Recipe Roundup: Peanuts and Pecans

By on March 30, 2017

  WRAL reporter Brian Shrader and our own Lisa Prince feature seasonal recipes in their weekly Local Dish Cooking segment. This month, Brian and Lisa feature award-winning recipes using North Carolina pecans and peanuts. Gail Fuller of Raleigh took home