“Homeplace Under Fire” Showcases Farm Advocates

May 19, 2017

By Kay Whatley, Editor Driving to the Bryan Center at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, yesterday for the film screening of Homeplace Under Fire, I passed farms along the way. An “Eggs for Sale” sign caught my eye, […]




NC Farmers Should Prepare for Hurricane Season

May 17, 2017

By Brian Long, NCDA&CS Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler’s annual plea for farmers to prepare for hurricane season is especially poignant this year, considering many are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew. “Hurricane Matthew is a painfully […]




Donkey Management is Not the Same

March 27, 2017

By Donna Campbell Smith On the way to lunch with a friend, I passed four pastures with a donkey. Two were with horses, one with goats and one with cattle. More and more folks are […]




NC Agritourism Farms Offer Various Activities for Spring

March 21, 2017

Activities Planned at Farms in Alamance, Beaufort, Buncombe, Chatham, Cleveland, Columbus, Johnston, Lincoln, Orange, Person, Polk, Randolph, Sampson, Stokes, Union, and Wilkes counties By Annie Baggett, NCDA&CS From Easter egg hunts and Mother’s Day events to […]




35 North Carolina Farms on the Piedmont Farm Tour

March 19, 2017

Connect with the Source of Your Food on the 22nd Annual Piedmont Farm Tour By Leah Joyner, carolinafarmstewards.org The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) and Weaver Street Market are opening the barn doors on 35 sustainable […]




Dig In 2017 Educated Many on Growing Food Everywhere

March 6, 2017

Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) brought together hundreds for their annual, educational Dig In! event. Held March 4, 2017, at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh NC, teachers, child care providers, nonprofit representatives, community advocates […]




NC Tomato Growers Plan Referendum in March 2017

February 18, 2017

By Jack Ruff, NCDA&CS On February 16, 2017, it was announced that the NC Tomato Growers Association will conduct a statewide referendum in March to continue the $20 per acre assessment on harvested commercial tomatoes. […]




Organic, Livestock Focuses of Mount Olive NC Conference

February 6, 2017

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is holding a conference for NC farmers and growers. The Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference: A Training Event for Commercial-Scale Growers is scheduled for March 6, 2017. The conference includes presentations […]




Black Mountain NC Site of Herb Symposium June 2-5

February 6, 2017

Registration is open for the 2017 Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium, scheduled for June 2-5, 2017, at Blue Ridge Assembly, 84 Blue Ridge Circle, in Black Mountain, North Carolina. This year’s symposium theme is “Inflammation and Botanical Medicine.” […]




USDA Announces Grants Available for Organic Growing

December 8, 2016

USDA Announces $3.8 Million for Research to Help Farmers and Ranchers Meet Growing Demand for Organic Products By Kelly Sprute, nifa.usda.gov The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today […]




NC Agritourism Farms Hosting Fun Holiday Activities

November 30, 2016

MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2016 By Annie Baggett, NCDA&CS Farms across the state are opening up to visitors for the holidays, offering choose-and-cut Christmas trees, winter hayrides, visits with Santa and other fun activities. “Agritourism is a […]




NC Symposium Examines Human-Animal Health Connections

November 21, 2016

One Medicine Symposium Returns for 13th Year Dr. Anna Allen, NCDA&CS Emergency Programs Division Veterinarians, physicians and other health professionals will gather in Durham next month to learn more about the intersection of human and animal […]




First NC industrial Hemp Commission Draws Crowd

November 2, 2016

By Kay Whatley, Editor The first NC industrial Hemp Commission (NCIHC) meeting was held at the state fairgrounds on November 1, 2016, at 2pm. In addition to the newly appointed Commissioners was Mr. Troxler, a […]




1st NC Industrial Hemp Association Meeting Postponed from Nov. 1

October 6, 2016

**UPDATE received Oct. 6, 2016, from the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association (NCIHA): “We have been advised that the North Caroline Industrial Hemp Commission has been Appointed in full! The NCIHA is making efforts to meet with the [state] NCIHC in the near future. “Our originally scheduled Nov. 1st Meeting of the NCIHA has been postponed with a […]




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