Andrea Ashby

NCDA&CS Agronomic Services Division is much more than just soil testing

File this under “Learned Something New Today,” but I didn’t know that April 1-5 is recognized as Agronomy Week. In fairness, it’s a relatively new celebration, marking just it’s third year. The week offers us a chance to highlight some of the work of the department’s Agronomic Services Division. This is a busy division, processing […]

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Not too late to get your fresh North Carolina Christmas tree

The fifth time proved to be the charm for Christmas tree grower Larry Smith of Newland. Smith won the National Christmas Tree Association’s annual tree contest on his fifth try, and with it, the right to provide the official White House Christmas tree. “It’s like winning the Super Bowl,” Smith told a gaggle of reporters […]

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NCDA&CS serving the needs of today’s littlest consumers, too

NCDA&CS serving the needs of today’s littlest consumers, too

This month, we’ve been highlighting some of the consumer services offered by the department as we mark the 20th anniversary of the addition of “& Consumer Services” to the department’s name. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler likes to tell people that the work of the department touches the lives of every resident of this state every […]

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Urban and small farms are a big part of the fabric of North Carolina’s agriculture industry

Urban and small farms are a big part of the fabric of North Carolina’s agriculture industry

To celebrate N.C. A&T State University Small Farms Week, March 19-25, we are highlighting urban farmer Tenita Solanto from Raleigh. Staff from the NCDA&CS Small Farm Program works with small, urban and limited-resource farmers like Solanto, helping them access resources and programs that may be beneficial to their operations. Small Farms Week celebrates the economic […]

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Community rallied around firefighting efforts in Western NC

Community rallied around firefighting efforts in Western NC

With firefighting crews stationed at numerous sites in Western N.C., it took a lot of volunteers, resources and coordination to keep the operations moving and to provide meals and necessities at multiple locations, several times a day for weeks.  But, it was an effort that communities in Western North Carolina rallied behind with overwhelming support. […]

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Crews battling wildfires get an early Thanksgiving meal thanks to volunteers and agribusinesses

Crews fighting wildfires in Western N.C. will enjoy an early Thanksgiving dinner today after volunteers, businesses and agricultural groups came together to provide the special meal. Volunteers with the Research Stations Division are cooking and will be feeding 250-plus at a school cafeteria in Robbinsville until 8 p.m. Also, the N.C. Baptist Men’s organization will […]

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