agriculture

IMPEC Grant helps Fulcher’s Seafood move forward

As agriculture continues to grow and expand across North Carolina, small independent meat processors have become a vital part of meeting the growing demand for food both at home and across the nation. That’s where the Improving Meat Production Efficiency and Capacity grant program comes in. Created in September 2020 to help independent processors deal […]

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IMPEC program gives processors flexibility

By the time a piece of meat hits your plate, it has gone through a long journey. From the farm to the processing plant to the grocery store and everything in between, meat production is a complicated process which requires up-to-date infrastructure at every stage. That’s why in April 2021, the North Carolina Department of […]

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Dr. William Foote brings farmer’s perspective to Plant Industry

The NCDA&CS Plant Industry division has a new face at the top. Dr. William “Bill” Foote, Plant Industry director, joined NCDA&CS in October. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Foote is a farmer by trade, having spent 25 years growing fruits and vegetables, running a greenhouse operation and a retail market. Eventually, however, new opportunities would draw […]

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Plant Industry to add two furry friends

Man’s best friend will soon have a brand-new job in North Carolina — hunting down invasive bugs. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service’s Plant Industry division will soon welcome a pair of working dogs named Kita and Neeko to the state to help detect Spotted Lanternfly. The destructive pest, which causes severe […]

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A day in the EOC: My introduction to emergency response

  The day starts off a bit earlier than usual, but not by enough to justify the complaining I want to do about it. It’s alright though, because to be honest I am excited. I’m heading to the State Emergency Operations Center this morning to be part of a mock nuclear disaster exercise. This involves […]

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Emergency Programs division ready for Hurricane season

Hurricanes have become an unfortunate fact of life for North Carolinians in the last decade. As the term “100-year storm” starts to look less and less reliable, preparing for devastating storms and the flooding that often follows has become vital for people all across the state. The same is true for the North Carolina Department […]

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Highlighting youth in agriculture: Laurel Gray, NC Farm Bureau R. Flake Shaw Scholarship Recipient

Laurel Gray is a recent North Iredell High School graduate who will be attending N.C. State University to study Agricultural Business Management. She is one of twelve students that received a R. Flake Shaw Scholarship from N.C. Farm Bureau. The R. Flake Shaw Scholarship awards students pursuing higher education in an agriculture-related discipline. To receive […]

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Ran-Lew Dairy finds new ways to thrive

Even after decades of family farming, there is always room for a new idea. Take that from Randy Lewis, owner of Ran Lew Dairy in Snow Camp. A fifth-generation dairy farmer, Lewis took over ownership of the farm in 1980, having bought the farm himself after his grandmother and mentor sold it among her family […]

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Boiling Spring Lakes hides iconic endangered plants

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services uses nature preserves to protect all kinds of rare plant and animal species, but perhaps none are as iconic as the Venus Flytraps at Boiling Spring Lakes Plant Conservation Preserve. Despite being the most well-known, however, the flytraps are not the only rare species that inhabits […]

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Don Hopkins helps keep the bees buzzing

Don Hopkins knows his way around a beehive. Hopkins is the NCDA&CS Apiary Inspection Supervisor, which puts him in charge of helping beekeepers across the state maintain the health and safety of their hives. The program includes six inspectors and a lab technician who together serve the entire state. “What we do is inspect the […]

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Come across a bee swarm? No need to panic.

Spring is upon us and the bees are buzzing – sometimes in places we don’t expect. Encountering an unexpected swarm of bees can be a scary experience, but it doesn’t have to be a dangerous one. Simply by giving the bees the space they need and knowing who to call, you can avoid needless harm […]

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April brings the start of nursery inspection season

Spring is upon us, and with it comes the start of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ nursery inspection season. Inspections began formally on April 1, and are carried out by the Plant Industry division’s Plant Protection section. Inspections are fundamentally about keeping North Carolina safe from invasive species, and the nursery […]

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