covid-19

The Produce Box gains customers and farmers amid COVID-19 crisis.

In the new normal of the COVID-19 pandemic, food deliveries have become more commonplace for many consumers. While The Produce Box has been connecting customers with fresh produce, meat and other items since 2008, new demand for local produce and meat products has fueled a 300 percent growth rate for its service in 2020. “From […]

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Nurseries find ways to adapt to COVID-19

While stores of all kinds are closing their doors across the state during the COVID-19 pandemic, as essential businesses, nurseries and other green businesses have found ways to make changes in order to stay open and provide their services. Food production is considered essential under Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 121, which includes nurseries and […]

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Today’s Topic: Marketing Division helps connect consumers with farm fresh products

Today’s Topic: Marketing Division helps connect consumers with farm fresh products

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Staff with the department’s Marketing Division have been helping connect consumers with farm fresh products through a variety of ways. While COVID-19 has created some disruptions in the food supply chain, food processors, farmers and restaurants are […]

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Strawberry farm going strong amid COVID-19 pandemic

Strawberry farm going strong amid COVID-19 pandemic

Every Friday on social media, we post a Farm Feature Friday showcasing one of our dedicated North Carolina farmers. Joan Rudd, owner of Rudd Farms, is one of those farmers. The #FarmFeatureFriday campaign will run for an entire year on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Be sure to tune in each Friday afternoon on […]

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State Forests are a safe way to get outdoors

After weeks of being stuck indoors, many people are understandably looking for ways to get some fresh air without putting themselves or other people at risk of contracting COVID-19. Many of North Carolina’s State Forests are still open to the public and remain a safe way to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. Most parks […]

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Distilleries take on a new product: hand sanitizer

Distilleries take on a new product: hand sanitizer

Some distilleries across North Carolina are running a brisk business nowadays, but not for the product you might expect. Instead of producing the liquors, whiskeys, moonshines and spirited beverages that they are accustomed to, many distilleries have pivoted their operations to producing a product in even higher demand – hand sanitizer. Southern Distilling Company in […]

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Lab work keeps N.C. agriculture going

“It’s not ideal, but it’s necessary.” That’s how Dr. Colleen Hudak-Wise describes the changes that have been made at labs in the Agronomic Services Division in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As the director of the division, Hudak-Wise explained the adjustments had to be made to follow the public health advice to […]

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NCDA&CS employees donate equipment to local hospital

The COVID-19 outbreak has already begun to stretch supplies thin at hospitals in North Carolina, but North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services employees are already finding ways to help. Recently, NCDA&CS Agronomic Services division employees donated several boxes full of personal protective equipment to the Rex Wellness Center in Raleigh. Lee Page, agricultural […]

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Animal shelters adapt and adjust to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions across the state for many. When your operation relies on a steady supply of volunteers and community outreach, the shut down of services can be especially hard. Animal shelters across the state have shut their doors to visitors, but they are working in unique ways to still serve the […]

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