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Plant Industry to add two furry friends

By on October 14, 2021

Man’s best friend will soon have a brand-new job in North Carolina — hunting down invasive bugs. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service’s Plant Industry division will soon welcome a pair of working dogs named Kita and

A day in the EOC: My introduction to emergency response

By on September 1, 2021

The day starts off a bit earlier than usual, but not by enough to justify the complaining I want to do about it. It’s alright though, because to be honest I am excited. I’m heading to the State Emergency Operations

Emergency Programs division ready for Hurricane season

By on August 19, 2021

Hurricanes have become an unfortunate fact of life for North Carolinians in the last decade. As the term “100-year storm” starts to look less and less reliable, preparing for devastating storms and the flooding that often follows has become vital

Highlighting youth in agriculture: Laurel Gray, NC Farm Bureau R. Flake Shaw Scholarship Recipient

By on August 4, 2021

Laurel Gray is a recent North Iredell High School graduate who will be attending N.C. State University to study Agricultural Business Management. She is one of twelve students that received a R. Flake Shaw Scholarship from N.C. Farm Bureau. The

Ran-Lew Dairy finds new ways to thrive

By on July 29, 2021

Even after decades of family farming, there is always room for a new idea. Take that from Randy Lewis, owner of Ran Lew Dairy in Snow Camp. A fifth-generation dairy farmer, Lewis took over ownership of the farm in 1980,

Boiling Spring Lakes hides iconic endangered plants

By on July 22, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services uses nature preserves to protect all kinds of rare plant and animal species, but perhaps none are as iconic as the Venus Flytraps at Boiling Spring Lakes Plant Conservation Preserve. Despite

Don Hopkins helps keep the bees buzzing

By on May 5, 2021

Don Hopkins knows his way around a beehive. Hopkins is the NCDA&CS Apiary Inspection Supervisor, which puts him in charge of helping beekeepers across the state maintain the health and safety of their hives. The program includes six inspectors and

Come across a bee swarm? No need to panic.

By on April 21, 2021

Spring is upon us and the bees are buzzing – sometimes in places we don’t expect. Encountering an unexpected swarm of bees can be a scary experience, but it doesn’t have to be a dangerous one. Simply by giving the

April brings the start of nursery inspection season

By on April 7, 2021

Spring is upon us, and with it comes the start of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ nursery inspection season. Inspections began formally on April 1, and are carried out by the Plant Industry division’s Plant Protection

Get to know the new faces in Emergency Programs

By on March 29, 2021

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Emergency Programs division is responsible for protecting people and agricultural industry across North Carolina from a wide range of threats. From natural disasters and nuclear incidents all the way to inspecting animals at the