https://youtu.be/_MR6MmRJaSw A research project that’s received funding from the NCDA&CS New and Emerging Crops Program is developing new varieties of hops for use in the state’s craft beer industry. Currently, the state’s breweries depend largely on hops grown in...
Like any other farmers, Christmas trees growers in western North Carolina are always looking for ways to grow more and better product.
A Christmas tree from North Carolina is now on display as the official White House Christmas tree and the centerpiece of the home’s Christmas decorations. The Fraser fir from Peak Farms in Ashe County is in the Blue Room. First Lady Dr. Jill Biden officially revealed the decorated tree along with the other White House […]
Throughout North Carolina, there are dozens and dozens of disaster recovery projects still in the works in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in 2018. Many of those are projects that have been made possible with support from the Soil and Water Conservation Division in NCDA&CS. The division has helped fund many projects aimed at stabilizing […]
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 moved through its warehouses in the past two years. Some of the increase obviously came […]
[This article is the first in a series about North Carolina distilleries in honor of N.C. Spirits Month, which was first proclaimed in 2017. Each article is part of a “spooky spirits” theme ahead of Halloween.] Not far from the banks of the Cape Fear River you’ll find the End of Days Distillery. While a […]
National Farmers’ Market Week takes place Aug. 2-8, 2020. Farmers’ markets across North Carolina offer communities access to fresh, nutritious food, while also stimulating local economies. National Farmers’ Market Week is a time to celebrate those who produce fresh foods in our state. Whether you visit a roadside stand or the State Farmers’ Market, take […]
Father’s Day is just a couple of days away, and North Carolina’s state forests are great options for dads to get outside with their families. There are 10 state forests throughout the state – all managed by the N.C. Forest Service, a division of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Three of […]
Festivals are among the many things that won’t be normal in North Carolina this summer. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many events to cancel or postpone. One that could certainly be considered one of the more unique and quintessential North Carolina events is the Liver Mush Festival in Marion. It was scheduled to happen on […]
In January FEMA approved $12.6 million to reimburse the state for the innovative poultry disposal methods used below. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services first used this method for bird disposal for Hurricane Matthew in 2016. For Hurricane Florence, NCDA&CS and its team of subject matter experts used the composting method on 4.2 […]
Baby chicks, ducks and rabbits sure are cute, but they come with responsibility, too. This weekend, consider the long-term commitment they require before buying them for Easter baskets. Last year, more than 500 rabbits and 300 chickens were turned over to animal shelters in North Carolina. Dumping domesticated poultry or rabbits in wooded or rural […]
This past Saturday, Commissioner Troxler and ag representatives from the North Carolina Farm Bureau, N.C. commodity groups and N.C. Board of Ag members, boarded a plane to Sao Paulo, Brazil. Over the next week, the group will tour factories, farms and other ag facilities in an effort to learn about Brazilian agriculture. “Brazil is the […]