dairy

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 […]

read more

Automated machines bring numerous benefits to dairy research (Part Two)

Automation in agriculture has revolutionized some of the work on farms, including North Carolina’s 18 research stations. Automated features on equipment can improve accuracy and consistency, from tractors in fields to operations in barns. There’s also a benefit in the aspect of labor because automation can save lots of man hours and essentially do more […]

read more

Super Sippers out chug All Stars

Today legislators faced off for the 19th Annual Legislative Milk Chugging Contest between the House and Senate Agriculture committees. Teams competed to see who could chug six half pints of milk in the shortest amount of time. Winners earned a donation to the charity of their choice The “Senate Super Sippers,” made up of Sen. […]

read more

National Milk Day

For all the dairy cow lovers out there, we’re here to tell you about the day for you – National Milk Day! North Carolina is home to 45 dairy farms and ranks 28th in the nation for milk production with 986 million pounds of milk. Iredell, Randolph and Lincoln counties are the leading producers of […]

read more
News Roundup: June 16 – 22

News Roundup: June 16 – 22

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. “MO mayor blasts Farm Bill protest before legislature,” Mount Olive Tribune: The N.C. Farm Act of 2018 is strongly supported by Mount Olive Mayor Joe Scott, who spoke before members […]

read more
News Roundup: June 9 – 15

News Roundup: June 9 – 15

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. “Bethel farmer added to Ag Hall of Fame,” Smoky Mountain News: Haywood County farmer Bill Holbrook has been inducted into the Western North Carolina Agricultural Hall of Fame for his […]

read more
News Roundup: Dec. 9 – 15

News Roundup: Dec. 9 – 15

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. “INCREASED FOCUS ON SENECAVIRUS A IN SWINE,” Southern Farm Network: (Audio)Animal health officials are conducting more tests related to a relatively low-impact swine disease which symptoms mimic a major disease […]

read more
North Carolina dairy industry leads way in secure milk plan

North Carolina dairy industry leads way in secure milk plan

The dairy industry is a fine-tuned machine. From the farm to milk processors to the grocery store, today’s dairy industry is regional in scope and streamlined to run in a most efficient manner. In North Carolina today, there are about 47,000 head of dairy cattle to provide fresh, wholesome milk to residents, compared with 81,000 […]

read more
News Roundup: Nov. 26-Dec. 2

News Roundup: Nov. 26-Dec. 2

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. “Family Trees: Selling Christmas trees more of a passion than a business,” Winston-Salem Journal: When Christmas tree lots start popping up all over the city, the horticulturist inside of me gets […]

read more
News Roundup: April 9-15

News Roundup: April 9-15

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. “When hives don’t thrive, pollinators needed,” Hendersonville Times-News: At Gary Steiner’s home on Newmann Road in Hendersonville, a row of neatly stacked white wooden boxes lines the side of his […]

read more
Today’s Topic: Dairy producers, flue-cured tobacco farmers to vote on assessments

Today’s Topic: Dairy producers, flue-cured tobacco farmers to vote on assessments

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” North Carolina dairy producers and flue-cured tobacco farmers will be voting on assessment programs in January. On Jan. 20, dairy producers will vote on a three-year assessment program that would help fund dairy education, research and industry promotions. If […]

read more
News Roundup: June 27 – July 2

News Roundup: June 27 – July 2

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. “Sally Elliott: Cultivating a fertile future for N.C. farmers,” Winston-Salem Journal: Agriculture is still big business for North Carolina, […]

read more