The N.C. State Fair is just days away from opening and is sure to be a treat for all ages. Whether you’re here for the thrilling rides, educational exhibits or to indulge yourself with a wide variety of delectable food options, this year’s fair will feature many of...
Faces in the Field
Since 2010, more than 42,000 wildfires have taken place in North Carolina, burning well over 400,000 acres. The approach to fighting wildland fire is anything but “one size fits all” when considering the vast geographical differences throughout the state. The...
New assistant manager has deep roots in agricultural fairs; brings a passion for ag education to the job
The N.C. State Fair's new assistant manager Robert Fogle is new to North Carolina, but definitely not to agricultural fairs. The native of Frederick, Maryland grew up showing animals at his local fair through 4-H and FFA programs, gaining a love for...
There are few things that connect people around the world like agriculture. Everywhere people live, and across the thousands of years they have lived there, agriculture has been a foundational part of what makes human civilization possible. The sharing of agricultural...
The N.C. State Fair has a new police chief who’s just getting settled into the job in time for the Got to Be NC Festival. Anthony “Tony” Prignano started on April 25. Technically, his job title is Public Safety and Security Chief, and it’s a shift from his decades of work in the Durham County […]
At a meeting earlier this year, Commissioner Steve Troxler recognized the 2021 NCDA&CS Employee of the Year SueAnn Locklear Safriet. She is a forest management secretary for the N.C. Forest Service in District 10 – a ten-county district based in Lexington. Safriet was previously selected as the June 2021 Employee of the Month, and early […]
In mid-December, the N.C. Department of Agriculture lost an employee who not only meant a lot to the research station where he worked but to the community around the station. Dale Sheets had worked at the Upper Mountain Research Station in Ashe County since 2013, but he had a much longer, rich heritage with the […]
U.S. Army and National Guard veteran Dr. Bruce Akers brings lifetime of experience to NCDA&CS emergency programs
As we honor veterans today for their service to the country, the In the Field blog highlights Army and National Guard veteran and Emergency Programs veterinarian Dr. Bruce Akers. Thank you Dr. Akers for your continued service to others. Over a career spanning nearly 50 years, Dr. Bruce Akers has made a habit of saying […]
A friend once described Weston McCorkle as the “voice of the State Fair livestock shows.” That nickname, given nearly 20 years ago, has stuck ever since as many people still refer to Weston as “the voice.” In many ways, Weston is the perfect person to serve as the voice of the livestock shows as he […]
“Growing up in Ashe county, I was surrounded by forests,” said Gail Bledsoe, Fire Chief with the N.C. Forest Service. “It was a place of peace for me and has always been like home.” As a child, Gail was surrounded by forestry, not only because that was her playground, but also because her family was […]
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 […]
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, […]