Archive for Field Notes

Photos from the field: Commissioner Troxler attends Blackland Farm Managers Tour

Commissioner Troxler recently visited the Tidewater Research Station for the Blackland Farm Managers Tour. Troxler and Richard Linton, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University, talked about equipment and technology upgrades to the 18 research stations across the state that are operated in partnership between N.C. State, N.C. A&T […]

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Versatility, variety help Cleveland County farm stay profitable

First-generation farmer Jason Rhodes is not afraid to try something new. Over the past 15 years, he has grown more than 12 crops under five different production systems at his Rhodesdale Farm in Grover. He currently produces about 650 acres of mixed seasonal produce and row crops. Rhodes began farming part time in 1999 with […]

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News Roundup: Aug. 2-8

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. “Workshop to offer advice for food businesses,” Burlington Times-News: Opening a food business and knowing how to run it […]

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Flavor, NC: Piebird

Twice a month we feature local restaurants, farms and farmers markets featured on episodes of UNC-TV’s “Flavor, NC.” This week, we review the last episode of Season 3, in which hostess Lisa Prince highlights pie recipes from Piebird in Raleigh that feature locally grown ingredients purchased at the State Farmers Market and the Raleigh City […]

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News Roundup: July 26 – Aug. 1

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. Let them eat vegetables, Durham Herald-Sun: At the South Durham Farmers’ Market, it’s a pleasure to see our youngest […]

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Some insects have the gall to deform plant structures

Have you ever seen an abnormal swelling or structure on a plant that normally shouldn’t be there? It probably caused you to scratch your head and wonder what was going on. And if it’s on an ornamental tree in your yard, you probably thought that swelling did not look so swell. It’s possible you were […]

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Caught in NC: Core Sound Seafood and Mr. Big Seafood store

In celebration of Got to Be N.C. month we are featuring local farms and businesses and their products that are Grown. Raised. Caught. Made. here. This week we focus on Caught and highlight Core Sound Seafood and Mr. Big Seafood in Harkers Island. North Carolina is home to 134 aquaculture farms, 227 shellfish leases and […]

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Beetle-trapping wasps help track potentially invasive pests such as the emerald ash borer

Little League, school and travel-club baseball teams are not the only ones making use of baseball diamonds these days. Some fields are also home to Cerceris fumipennis, a native, non-stinging wasp that bores brood nests into the ground to lay lay its eggs on the beetles it traps and brings to the lair. To look […]

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Made in NC: Norm’s Farms

In celebration of Got to Be N.C. month we are featuring local farms and businesses and their products that are Grown. Raised. Caught. Made. here. This week we focus on Made, highlighting Norm’s Farms in Pittsboro. Rodger Lenhardt, his wife Ann, and daughter Erin are elderberry farmers who use their crop plus the berries from […]

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July: 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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