Faces in the Field

Phil Wilson to retire after four decades

Thirty-seven years is a long time to do just about anything. For Phil Wilson, NCDA&CS Plant Industry Director, nearly four decades with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will come to a close later this year when he retires Oct. 1. Wilson has worked his entire professional career in the Plant Industry […]

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Five questions with State Veterinarian Dr. Mike Martin

On Aug. 1, 2021, Dr. Mike Martin stepped into his new role as State Veterinarian. Previously, he served as the Poultry Section Head for the NCDA&CS Veterinary Division. In that role he had oversight of all poultry program operations within the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. In his new role as State Veterinarian, […]

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Meet the new WNC Farmers Market Manager

Phil Jacobus has started his career with the NCDA&CS as the new manager of operations/marketing at the Western North Carolina Farmers Market in Asheville. He started June 1, and has jumped right in to implement innovative programs to connect western North Carolina farmers to customers who live in the greater Asheville community and beyond. Phil […]

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Passion for land leads Sabrina Shaffer to NCDA&CS

Sabrina Shaffer brings a personal perspective to her work in the NCDA&CS Farmland Preservation division. Shaffer, who joined the division as a Farmland Preservation Specialist in December 2020, is responsible for helping review the many documents needed for farms to enter under conservation easements. Those easements are critical to the division’s mission, as they limit […]

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Pandemic brought unexpected demand for N.C. beef producers

The coronavirus pandemic has certainly presented challenges for people in all walks of life, and those in agriculture are no exception. However, it also brought an increased demand for many local agricultural producers across the state – producers like Honeycutt Farms in the Coats area of Harnett County. When stay-home orders and supply chain issues […]

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