We Are Agriculture is a year-long series that will highlight the hard-work done by employees across the Department of Agriculture. Lucy Love, Produce Safety Specialist with our Food and Drug Protection Division, is one of those employees. Stay tuned each Wednesday here on the blog or any of our social media accounts and join […]
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Two upcoming Produce Safety Field Days planned – April 6 in Clinton and April 13 in Mills River. Events designed for fruit and vegetable growers who want to learn more about the Produce Safety Rule.
Summary: Fruit and vegetable growers who want to learn more about the Produce Safety Rule and what is covered may want to attend an upcoming Produce Safety Field Days. One is planned for April 6 at the Horticultural Crops Research Station in Clinton and the other is planned for April 13 at the Mountain Horticultural […]
A food safety education program within NCDA&CS gained a big tool for its toolbox recently. It’s expected to help ensure that North Carolina fresh produce growers are well educated about how to safely pack and hold their produce. On July 20, the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River hosted a grand […]
In less than six months, work is expected to be completed on the NCDA&CS Agricultural Sciences Center. For a project that has been more than four years in the making, the approaching deadline brings excitement and a greater focus on the next challenge – moving five separate lab facilities into one building. The laboratory complex […]
Today’s Topic: NCDA&CS Food and Drug Protection Division inspectors work to ensure that recalled products are removed from shelves and consumers know about recalls.
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Whenever there is a national food recall where a product is known to have been distributed in our state, our Food and Drug Protection Division inspectors fan out across the state conducting recall-effectiveness checks. With a recent […]
Family and friends will gather around the table this Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving. The star of most of these tables will be the turkey. If you are in North Carolina, that’s great reason to celebrate. North Carolina is the second-largest producer of turkeys in the nation. In 2016, more than 1.2 billion pounds of turkey […]
Ladies and gentlemen, step right up! The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is pleased to present its lineup for the 2017 Southern Farm Show Feb. 1-3. This show is the Southeast’s largest agricultural exposition with more than 400 vendors. It’s held every February at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Come early and plan […]
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. “Black cohosh: WNC’s next cash crop?” Asheville Citizen-Times: Seems like it would be a slam dunk. Many of the pieces have been in place for years: the key ingredient, the […]
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” In March, North Carolina voters approved the Connect NC bond package. The bond contained $94 million to help the department build a new laboratory complex to replace several aging labs: Veterinary, Food and Drug, Structural Pest & Pesticides, Standards and […]
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, […]
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is proposing to construct a new co-located laboratory complex that would replace the following five labs: Veterinary Diagnostic, Food and Drug Protection, Structural Pest Control and Pesticides, Standards, and Motor Fuels. What are the regulatory duties of these labs? The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory provides tests required for […]
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. “Southern fairs won’t press broiler industry’s bird flu luck,” Minnesota Public Radio News: The South is the heart of U.S. broiler chicken production and escaped the deadly bird flu virus […]