Archive for May, 2009

News Roundup

Each week we’ll round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from newspapers across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to each paper’s full story. “NCDA&CS launches informational Web site to help pork, poultry farmers who have lost contracts during recession,” Agriscribe blog: The […]

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Kitchen Sink: Pick-your-own farms create great family memories

Lisa Prince, a marketing specialist and one-half of WRAL’s Got to Be Good Cookin’ weekly recipe segment, will join us on the blog each month with bonus recipes, cooking tips and a behind-the-scenes look at marketing N.C. agricultural products…everything and the kitchen sink. Berries, berries and more berries! When it comes to fresh-from-the-field goodness, now […]

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Fieldtrip: Taxi cab meter inspections

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. There are 113 cab companies in Raleigh that manage a total of 514 cabs, each of which is inspected annually by our […]

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Farms and power lines

According to Progress Energy, its Carolinas service area alone has 6,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines. Transmission lines are the interstate highways of the electricity delivery system, usually transporting power at between 100,000 and 500,000 volts. Many of America’s transmission lines cross farmland, and there are precautions row-crop and livestock farmers can take to keep […]

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Faces in the Field: Matt Tunnell explains the Best Dish

We have a diverse workforce here at the NCDA&CS that focuses on consumer protection, food safety, marketing, accuracy of weights and measures, plant conservation, livestock protection…and more. Once a month, we’ll talk to one of our employees and hopefully provide a behind-the-scenes look at what they do to serve North Carolina. Matt Tunnell spends a […]

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Today’s Topic: Got to Be NC Agriculture Festival

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with the Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” This week, Rhonda and Commissioner Troxler discuss the upcoming Got to Be NC Festival at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. The festival aims to entertain festival-goers, as well as increase their awareness of North Carolina food […]

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News Roundup

Each week we’ll round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from newspapers across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to each paper’s full story. “Farms find niche, sell directly to consumers,” WRAL: With fewer farms statewide, more farmers are trying to set their […]

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The Big Cart and the Stanley Cup make a good couple

As the Carolina Hurricanes make a run at another Stanley Cup title, it brings to mind the 2006 championship season when the world’s oldest sporting trophy met the world’s largest shopping cart (aka “The Big Cart”). The Big Cart is a high-profile (really, that is a serious understatement) marketing tool to promote the Got to Be […]

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At both ends of the state, agriculture provides economic opportunities

In the past week, I’ve met with farmers in both the southwestern and northeastern corners of North Carolina. I like hearing directly from farmers what’s on their mind. I’d like to share with you some of the information I picked up on those visits. Rutherford County, in the southwest, has been hard hit by job […]

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Having fun with hand washing

Who knew our webmaster would make a good hand model or that our network administrator could chop lettuce like a pro? These guys (and a few other NCDA&CS employees) volunteered a little bit of time recently to help make a series of short videos for the Food and Drug Protection Division about food safety. Three […]

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