Posts tagged NCDA&CS Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division

Mailbag: expired products and kudzu bugs

Every day, we receive emails through our website from people who have questions related to agriculture or services provided by our department. Answering emails is part of our efforts to provide the best customer service to North Carolina residents. The following questions were answered by Jim Melvin, assistant director of the Food and Drug Protection […]

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Today’s Topic: N.C. Farm Safety and Health Week

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Since 1944, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week. Gov. Pat McCrory has also proclaimed the week N.C. Farm Safety and Health Week to raise awareness of the importance […]

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Travelers can take extra steps to sleep tight and not let the bedbugs bite

Labor Day travel plans could bring travelers into contact with more than just a relaxing day in the mountains or at the beach. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services encourages travelers to be aware of bedbugs and to take steps to ensure these infamous hitchhikers do not come home in the luggage. “Bedbugs […]

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NCDA&CS Structural Pest and Pesticides Division solves a huge hissing problem

What do you do when you have hundreds of Madagascar hissing cockroaches you don’t want anymore? This is a problem recently faced by the NCDA&CS Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division. “We ordered three about five or six years ago; (the company) sent us six, thinking some would probably die in transit,” said Jim Burnette, […]

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North Carolina sees growth in pest management industry

Few people like dealing with creepy, crawling pests in their homes or yards, and a growing number of consumers are turning to pest management professionals for help. That’s good news for the state’s pest-management industry according to the N.C. Pest Management Association, a nonprofit trade group based in Morrisville. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic’s […]

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Need to get rid of your old pesticides?

If you’re a farmer or homeowner and want to safely dispose  of your old or unwanted pesticides, you can drop them off at one of several collection events this spring. The season kicks off Feb. 26 in Northampton County. The events are hosted by the department’s Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program and Cooperative Extension. Since 1980, […]

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Photos from the Field: NCDA&CS hosts EPA officials

Jim Jones, acting assistant administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention at the Environmental Protection Agency, visited with farmers, labor organizations, Cooperative Extension agents and department employees from the Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division last week to learn more about issues facing North Carolina’s farm workers. Friday, Cooperative Extension agents and […]

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Travis Snodgrass named March 2012 Employee of the Month

Robert Travis Snodgrass, a pesticide inspector with the department’s Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division, was recognized as the March 2012 Employee of the Month during a recent ceremony in Raleigh. Snodgrass has served as a member of the division’s Mi-Forms team, which has catapulted the division from a paper-based inspection program to an electronic, […]

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News Roundup: April 7-13

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. “FDA wants farmers to get prescriptions for antibiotics used in animals,” News & Observer: The U.S. Food and Drug […]

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Rick Reid recognized for 24 years of service to National Guard

When Rick Reid retired from the National Guard in 2010, he was just pleased to know he had the chance to serve his country for 24 years. Recently, he received some well-deserved recognition for his service. Reid, a supervisor in the department’s Structural Pest Control Section, was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal from the United […]

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