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Celebrating National Farmers Market Week

By on August 3, 2021

Where can we find farmers markets and what makes them successful? While celebrating National Farmers Market Week this week, the first week of August, we sat down for a few moments with Kevin Hardison, agricultural marketing specialist with the N.C.

Department team recognized for food supply improvements that will last decades

By on June 21, 2021

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler recently recognized a team of employees that has had a huge impact on the state by helping to fix a food supply chokepoint. It’s a problem that became more obvious in the beginning of the COVID-19

Phase 3 of IMPEC grants being offered. A total of $6 million available this round for projects aimed at Increasing Meat Production Efficiency and Capacity.

By on April 27, 2021

Summary: Independent meat and seafood processors have until May 14 to apply for Phase 3 of the Increasing Meat Production, Efficiency and Capacity grant program. A total of $6 million is available through the program, and can include value-added projects.

NCDA&CS launches farmworker quarantine reimbursement program for the 2021 growing season.

By on April 20, 2021

Summary: New NCDA&CS program will reimburse growers for food and lodging expenses for H2A farmworkers who must quarantine due to COVID-19. The $2 million in funding for the program comes through federal CARES Act money distributed to states. I am

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

Pandemic prompts installation of ‘air cleaning technology’ in fairgrounds buildings

By on January 25, 2021

Several buildings on the grounds of the N.C. State Fair and the N.C. Mountain State Fair/WNC Agricultural Center now have advanced technology added to their air filtration systems. The technology comes with new equipment that’s been installed with health and

More than ever, “Bob’s List” helps school nutrition programs feed children

By on January 19, 2021

As previously mentioned on this blog, the Food Distribution Division was busier than ever in 2020. An extra way the division provides food to schools has also been busier than ever during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s called Bob’s List, and

Division recognized for keeping food safe and available during extraordinary times

By on January 7, 2021

Sometimes extraordinary actions are obvious – a passerby saving someone from a burning building or a stranger volunteering to donate a kidney to someone in need. The list of good deeds could be endless. However, sometimes you have to look

IMPEC grant has major impact on meat and seafood processors

By on December 30, 2020

In September 2020, Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler announced the creation of the Increasing Meat Production Efficiency and Capacity (IMPEC) grant program, administered by the NCDA&CS. The $20.25 million grant program aims to strengthen the meat supply chain and ensure

Food Distribution Division meets challenge of getting more food to more people

By on December 24, 2020

To say the NCDA&CS Food Distribution Division has had two monumental years may seem like a bit of exaggeration. The numbers make it clear though. Division director Gary Gay says the division has nearly doubled the amount of food its