Archive for Field Trip

Motor Fuels lab participates in RiskFest

Eighth-graders at Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School in Raleigh tried their hands at being field chemists at the NCDA&CS Motor Fuels Lab display at RiskFest, an annual event at the school that allows students to participate in hands-on activities that enhance the learning process on managing risks. Its goal is to inspire participants to become […]

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Dr. Weimin Ye named 2012 Employee of the Year

The department’s nematode lab processes about 36,000 samples each year, making it the busiest lab of its kind in the nation. As section chief for the nematode lab, Dr. Weimin Ye is there to make sure the lab runs smoothly. For his contribution to the department, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler recognized Ye as the 2012 […]

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Field Trip: Agritourism at Hill Ridge Farms

In our “Field Trip” feature, we take readers into the field to learn more about agriculture across the state. Recently, we visited an agritourism farm in Youngsville. This blog is a companion piece to a feature in the February issue of the Agricultural Review. John Hill is a collector. He’s spent a lifetime collecting kitchen […]

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NCDA&CS agronomist Don Nicholson shows viewers step-by-step how to take a good soil sample

Our department’s Agronomic Lab processes more than 350,000 soil samples every year from farmers, weekend gardeners, homeowners and landscape professionals. Clearly, plenty of people are aware of this valuable service which can help you improve your yard, boost yields from your crops and reduce the application of unnecessary soil additives. But when it comes to taking a […]

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Forestry research helps landowners best manage their own timber stands

In our “Field Trip” feature, we take readers into the field with a NCDA&CS employee to find out more about the varied types of work that go on in the department. One of the signature qualities of North Carolina is the lushness of its land and forests. Anytime I fly, I marvel at the agricultural […]

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Field Trip: Inspecting turkeys and hams

In our “Field Trip” feature, we take readers into the field with a NCDA&CS employee to find out more about the varied types of work that go on in the department. On any given day, Ronnie Abbott visits between three and five grocery stores in Wake County. Across the state, he and other standards inspectors […]

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Field Trip: Tagging along on a boarding kennel inspection

Earlier this spring, we had the opportunity to take a Field Trip to find out what an animal welfare inspector looks for when inspecting a boarding kennel. In the video, animal welfare inspector Joe Blomquist takes us on a tour and gives an overview of what inspectors look for at facilities under NCDA&CS jurisdiction. Animal […]

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Field Trip: Sen. Bob Martin Eastern Ag Center gains 152 stalls with addition of new horse barn

Durward Taylor is a happy fellow. The Sen. Bob Martin Eastern Ag Center in Williamston, which he manages, recently opened a new horse barn unit that increases the center’s capacity. The new barn has 152 stalls, bringing total capacity to 456. That will enable the center to book larger horse shows and allow existing shows […]

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Field Trip: Navigating nutritious, local food

Each month in our “Field Trip” feature, we take readers into the field with a NCDA&CS employee to find out more about the varied types of work that go on in the Department. Even though you may be bundling up in your winter coat, hunting down holiday greenery and watching the forecast for snow, that […]

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Field Trip: In search of the Venus Flytrap

Each month in our “Field Trip” feature, we take readers into the field with a NCDA&CS employee to find out more about the varied types of work that goes on in the Department. OK, so sometimes you get such a really cool assignment that you can’t even believe your good fortune. I got to tag […]

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