Archive for Field Notes

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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Eight N.C. specialty food companies compete in national contest

We all know that when you want the best that’s Grown, Raised, Caught or Made,  it’s Got To Be NC! Now let’s let the rest of the nation know. Eight North Carolina food companies are competing in the national Specialty Food Association’s second annual My Story My Ad contest. And they need our help to […]

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Raised in NC: Harris-Robinette Beef

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 Raised and highlight Harris-Robinette Beef in Edgecombe County. Raised represents our state’s thriving livestock industry. Livestock, dairy and poultry represented almost 63 percent of the […]

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Got to Be NC is taking to the airwaves

A new commercial will start airing across the state today featuring North Carolina agricultural products. The commercial was produced by the NCDA&CS Marketing Division and timed to air during Got to Be NC Month. The commercial features the division’s newest marketing slogan, Grown. Raised. Caught. Made. The commercial narrative goes like this: In North Carolina, […]

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Take a trip to a farmers market for Got to Be NC Agriculture Month

July has been declared Got to Be NC Agriculture Month in North Carolina. To celebrate, why not take a trip to one of the four state-operated farmers markets in Asheville, Charlotte, Colfax or Raleigh? There is plenty of fresh produce available, as well as meats and cheeses, wines and specialty products made in North Carolina. […]

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Grown in NC: Garner 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. To kick things off, we focus on Grown and highlight peanut farmer Ray Garner of Garner Farms in Halifax County. North Carolina has about 5,000 peanut farms that produce 292 […]

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Pets and fireworks don’t mix

You think fireworks are great on the Fourth of July…well, chances are your dog or cat disagrees. More pets are lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year. According to PetAmberAlert, animal control officers across the country report a 30 percent increase in lost pets July 4-6, with July 5 […]

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State veterinary office offers guidance on new rules for swine disease reporting

Last month the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Service issued a Federal Order requiring swine operations, veterinarians and laboratories to report any known instances of novel swine enteric coronavirus infection, including porcine epidemic diarrhea virus and porcine deltacoronavirus. PEDv is a virus that has been found in North Carolina and the United […]

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Make it a local Fourth of July celebration

No matter how you choose to celebrate the Fourth of July, North Carolina farmers, food producers and fishermen can add fresh and fabulous taste to your holiday meal. Summer is the peak season for many commodities. Whenever I think of my favorite summertime foods, I think peaches, corn, cucumbers and watermelon. But there are so […]

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