Archive for Field Notes

News Roundup: April 12-18

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. “NC Tobacco Growers Asked to Vote in Referendum,” Southern Farm Network: For the first time in the history of […]

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Savor Fuquay-Varina shines spotlight on local restaurants

You never know where Lisa Prince will show up — from touring the state to film one of the “Flavor NC” episodes for UNC-TV, or on WRAL’s noon newscast for a “Local Dish” segment to her own hometown of Fuquay-Varina in support of local food businesses — she stays busy promoting North Carolina food, food products, […]

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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle receives “eggscellent” donation from Dunkin’ Donuts and NC farm

In advance of Easter, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle in Raleigh received a generous donation of 81,900 eggs from egg farmers and Dunkin’ Donuts. Dunkin’ Donuts teamed up with America’s Egg Farmers’ Good Egg Project to donate one egg to Feeding America food banks for every Eggs Benedict Sandwich sold during the first week of March. The […]

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Choose chocolate animals for Easter baskets, not live ones

 Related: Easter pets are a long-term (but rewarding) commitment

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Math and games of chance collide at the NCDA&CS Standards Laboratory

Once a month, small white balls locked in a case with their own personal security staff make their way to the Standards Laboratory in Raleigh to have their weight and diameter checked. These balls arrive at the lab with two employees that stay with them at all times, something that is usually not allowed for other customers […]

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NCDA&CS staff trains others on foaming

Staff from the Veterinary and Emergency Programs divisions spent a recent day on a Moore County poultry farm training U.S. Department of Agriculture contractors how to humanely depopulate a poultry flock using foam. The contractors were from disaster response companies in Wisconsin, Mississippi and Louisiana that are under contract with USDA to go into states […]

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NCDA&CS inspectors finding problems with fertilizer

Maybe it was the wet weather clogging the bagging machine or poor quality control with the distributors, but whatever the reason, inspectors with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services have failed more than 35,000 bags of fertilizer for improper weight during recent inspections. “Our inspectors spend the month of March inspecting bagged fertilizer […]

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Today’s Topic: NC farmers say they will plant more soybeans, less corn this year

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” North Carolina farmers indicate they will plant more acres of soybeans and fewer acres of corn this year, according to the USDA Prospective Plantings report. If the forecast holds, farmers will plant 1.6 million acres of soybeans […]

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April: What’s happening on the farm?

Farms are places of year-round activity. There is almost always something going on, regardless of the season. Each month we highlight one of our research stations and the work taking place on the farm during that month as well as give a little insight into the world of farming and innovative agricultural research. There are […]

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Growing season keeps commercial beekeepers buzzing

With blueberries in bloom in White Lake, some of the state’s tiniest agricultural workers are hard at work. Each year, farmers contract with commercial beekeepers to bring in tractor-trailer loads of bees to help pollinate their crops. This happens in North Carolina as well as other large agricultural states, including California. Each tractor-trailer load holds […]

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