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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

Spotted Lanternfly could be dangerous for North Carolina; Here’s what you need to know

By on March 15, 2021

While North Carolina has its fair share of invasive species already within the state, experts at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are also on the lookout for pests just outside of our borders. The Spotted Lanternfly

Mother’s Finest breaks barriers and spreads knowledge

By on February 24, 2021

Samantha “Foxx” Winship seems to have found her calling on the farm. Owner and operator of Mother’s Finest Family Urban Farms in Winston-Salem, Winship had a sense for agriculture instilled at an early age. Born in New York but with

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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.

Fire ants quarantine looks to slow down persistent pests

By on January 20, 2021

When people think of “dangerous invasive pests,” fire ants might not necessarily come to mind. While many people view fire ants as a ubiquitous part of life, the pests have actually only been in North Carolina since the 1950’s, after

From pandemics to ‘Murder Hornets,’ Whitney Swink looks back on a wild 2020

By on December 31, 2020

Just as the year is ending, Whitney Swink’s phone has finally quieted down. In a year full of unprecedented international challenges, it might sound presumptuous to say that Swink, NCDA&CS State Regulatory Entomologist, has had a particularly wild year. From

Buie Family Farm: A legacy of growing cotton

By on November 13, 2020

Every Friday on social media, we post a Farm Feature Friday showcasing one of our dedicated North Carolina farmers. Jack Buie, of Buie Family Farm, is one of those farmers. The #FarmFeatureFriday campaign will run through December 2021 on our