Summary: As the weather warms, now is the time to take steps to protect your equine from WNV and EEE through vaccination. In the South, it seems like we deal with mosquitoes almost year-round. That might be a slight exaggeration, but their nearly constant presence is also why each year we recommend vaccinating your horses, […]
On Aug. 1, 2021, Dr. Mike Martin stepped into his new role as State Veterinarian. Previously, he served as the Poultry Section Head for the NCDA&CS Veterinary Division. In that role he had oversight of all poultry program operations within the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. In his new role as State Veterinarian, […]
Equine owners reminded to get their animals vaccinated against EEE and WNV. State sees first cases of both this year.
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Summary: The state has recently seen its first cases of Triple E (Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis) and West Nile Virus. Both of these can be fatal in equine and both can be prevented with vaccinations. Confirming these two […]
African Swine Fever is confirmed in the Dominican Republic. Producers urged to remain vigilant on biosecurity measures.
Summary: With the confirmation of African Swine Fever in the Dominican Republic last week (July 28), producers are urged to be extra vigilant with their biosecurity protocols, especially for anyone traveling to that country. Last week our State Veterinarian got word that there are confirmed cases of African Swine Fever in the Dominican Republic, making […]
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 […]
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Livestock producers and pet owners are advised to be especially watchful for ticks after the recent death of five cows in Surry County were linked to the non-native Asian longhorned tick.
Baby chicks, ducks and rabbits sure are cute, but they come with responsibility, too. This weekend, consider the long-term commitment they require before buying them for Easter baskets. Last year, more than 500 rabbits and 300 chickens were turned over to animal shelters in North Carolina. Dumping domesticated poultry or rabbits in wooded or rural […]
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 […]
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 […]
We recently got news that highly pathogenic avian influenza had been confirmed in Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas, which though still several states away, is a lot closer than the Pacific Northwest where it was previously confined. The strains that have been found do not cause illness in humans, and there is no food safety […]
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. “New State Veterinarian Named for North Carolina,” Southern Farm Network: Dr. Douglas Meckes of Apex, NC, has been named […]