agriculture

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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Get to know the new faces in Emergency Programs

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Emergency Programs division is responsible for protecting people and agricultural industry across North Carolina from a wide range of threats. From natural disasters and nuclear incidents all the way to inspecting animals at the NC State Fair, the division in integral to the Agriculture Department’s role in public safety. […]

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Mother’s Finest breaks barriers and spreads knowledge

Samantha “Foxx” Winship seems to have found her calling on the farm. Owner and operator of Mother’s Finest Family Urban Farms in Winston-Salem, Winship had a sense for agriculture instilled at an early age. Born in New York but with family roots in Wayne County, Winship spent her early years on her great-uncle’s farm, watching […]

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Today’s Topic: National FFA Week

Today’s Topic: National FFA Week

This week is National FFA Week and we want to take a moment to recognize students in FFA and all who advise those groups. FFA has been around since 1928 and is currently available in 98 counties in North Carolina. Agriculture is our state’s number one industry and we want young people to see it […]

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Fire ants quarantine looks to slow down persistent pests

When people think of “dangerous invasive pests,” fire ants might not necessarily come to mind. While many people view fire ants as a ubiquitous part of life, the pests have actually only been in North Carolina since the 1950’s, after being imported to the United States in the early 20th century. Since first being detected […]

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Buie Family Farm: A legacy of growing cotton

Every Friday on social media, we post a Farm Feature Friday showcasing one of our dedicated North Carolina farmers. Jack Buie, of Buie Family Farm, is one of those farmers. The #FarmFeatureFriday campaign will run through December 2021 on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Be sure to tune in each Friday afternoon on social […]

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A Step Back in Time: Tarkil Branch Farm

Every Friday on social media, we post a Farm Feature Friday showcasing one of our dedicated North Carolina farmers. Benny Fountain, of Tarkil Branch Farm, is one of those farmers. The #FarmFeatureFriday campaign will run through December 2021 on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Be sure to tune in each Friday afternoon on social […]

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Cotton Incorporated – Growing the Fiber of Life

Every Friday on social media, we post a Farm Feature Friday showcasing one of our dedicated North Carolina farmers. Mac Griffin, of Cotton Incorporated, is one of those farmers. The #FarmFeatureFriday campaign will run through December 2021 on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Be sure to tune in each Friday afternoon on social and […]

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Growing a family legacy with kale, broccoli and more

Every Friday on social media, we post a Farm Feature Friday showcasing one of our dedicated North Carolina farmers. Amy Douglas, owner of The Farmer’s Daughter, is one of those farmers. The #FarmFeatureFriday campaign will run through December 2021 on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Be sure to tune in each Friday afternoon on […]

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