Plant Industry Division

Keep an eye out for spotted lanternfly.

Keep an eye out for spotted lanternfly.

Since finding spotted lanternfly at a site in Kernersville in 2022, the Plant Industry Division has asked residents to be on the look out for this invasive and destructive pest. Residents who think they may have seen spotted lanternfly in their area are asked to take...

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Boll Weevil Assessment remains the same

Boll Weevil Assessment remains the same

Summary: For the sixth year in a row, the boll weevil assessment for cotton producers is set at 75 cents. The funding is used to monitor for any reintroductions of the destructive boll weevil and to quickly treat any that are found. Today's Topic with Southern Farm...

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The Plant Police: Protecting Endangered Species in N.C.

We Are Agriculture is a year-long series that will highlight the hard-work done by employees across the Department of Agriculture. Lesley Starke, N.C. Plant Conservation Program Manager with our Plant Industry Division, is one of those employees. Stay tuned each Wednesday here on the blog or any of our social media accounts and join us […]

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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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Fire ant quarantine area expands to part or all of 77 counties.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The quarantine area for red imported fire ants has expanded and now includes part or all of 77 counties. The quarantine now includes all of Alamance, Burke, Guilford, Jackson and McDowell counties. Summary of Talking Points: On […]

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Today’s Topic: Sweet potato weevil quarantine issued for two counties in South Carolina

Today’s Topic: Sweet potato weevil quarantine issued for two counties in South Carolina

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Recently a sweet potato weevil quarantine area was established for Berkeley and Jasper counties in South Carolina after weevils were detected there. The quarantine is an effort to protect against the accidental introduction of the weevil into […]

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Today’s Topic: Plant nursery inspections look for pests and diseases to ensure healthy plants for consumers

Today’s Topic: Plant nursery inspections look for pests and diseases to ensure healthy plants for consumers

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Inspectors with our Plant Industry Division are fanning out across the state checking nurseries for plant stock to ensure consumers are purchasing healthy plants as they begin to turn their attention to getting out in the yards […]

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Today’s Topic: Boll weevil assessment stays at 75 cents per acre.

Today’s Topic: Boll weevil assessment stays at 75 cents per acre.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The state’s boll weevil assessment will stay at 75 cents per acre of cotton. The money from the assessment is used to fund a trapping program to monitor cotton acreage for any re-introduction of boll weevils. The […]

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Looking back at 2017: our year-in-review

With over 2,000 employees in 20 divisions and a presence in all 100 counties, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services touches the lives of North Carolinians every day. We have regulatory and service responsibilities that are wide-ranging, but all seek to support and promote the health and welfare of the residents of this state. […]

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