News

Looking back at 2017: our year-in-review

With over 2,000 employees in 20 divisions and a presence in all 100 counties, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services touches the lives of North Carolinians every day. We have regulatory and service responsibilities that are wide-ranging, but all seek to support and promote the health and welfare of the residents of this state. […]

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NC Board of Agriculture approves rules for Animal Shelter Fund

The N.C. Board of Agriculture on Aug. 23 adopted permanent rules for the Animal Shelter Support Fund. The rules define eligible expenses and establish application guidelines for the fund. Temporary rules have been in place since November 2016. The General Assembly established the fund in 2015 to reimburse local governments for expenses related to their […]

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NC Board of Agriculture approves new agronomic tests

The N.C. Board of Agriculture on May 24 approved changes to the suite of tests offered by the NCDA&CS Agronomic Services Division. Here’s a summary of the changes: Added arsenic, selenium and chromium to the list of heavy metals the division’s Waste Lab can test for. Previously, tests were available only for nickel, cadmium and […]

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Wildfire smoke and fire retardants can impact health of livestock

Following is an article by one of our agricultural partners, Dr. Matt Poore of N.C. Cooperative Extension. Wildfires are burning across Western North Carolina and livestock producers are questioning if the associated smoke and fire retardants will impact the health of their livestock. While the fires are impacting only relatively small areas, smoke is widespread […]

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Board of Agriculture gets update on proposed laboratory

Board of Agriculture gets update on proposed laboratory

Planning has begun for a new facility that would bring five NCDA&CS laboratories into one location, members of the N.C. Board of Agriculture were told at their April 14 meeting. The Connect NC bond package that voters approved in March contained $94 million for the new lab, which would replace the following five facilities: Veterinary Diagnostic, Food and Drug Protection, […]

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News Roundup: April 2 – 8

News Roundup: April 2 – 8

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “Working for change in the meat industry,” The Technician: Sarah Blacklin, program director of NC Choices, was recently recognized in a national search for 100 Fresh Perspectives shaping the rural United […]

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News Roundup: Feb. 27-March 4

News Roundup: Feb. 27-March 4

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “Mount Airy’s Nester Hosiery finds success with Farm to Feet brand,” Winston-Salem Journal: Officials with Nester Hosiery say the company uses an “All-American recipe” for making its Farm to Feet […]

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News Roundup: June 13-19

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to the full story. “N.C. Wine Summit held in Greensboro,” Greensboro News & Record: On Tuesday, nearly 60 grape growers, winemakers, and industry […]

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