Farm & Garden

US farm and garden news, events, and related information, along with special farm-issues coverage in North Carolina and beyond.

Hemp Blue jeans, clothing made with industrial hemp. Photo: Kay Whatley. NC Industrial Hemp Commission Next Public Meeting in Williamston (9/22/2017) - The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission will hold a public meeting to review and approve research pilot program applications and continue permanent rule-making. This public meeting is Wednesday, October 11, 2017, beginning at 9am. There [...]
Source: Center for Constitutional Rights Civil Liberties Groups Release First Report on Ag-Gag Laws (9/7/2017) - By Jen Nessel, On September 6, 2017, the Center for Constitutional Rights and Defending Rights & Dissent released a comprehensive report on state ag-gag laws, which prohibit whistleblowing and undercover investigations in animal agriculture. [...]
Source: National Hurricane Center, NOAA NC Waives Motor Vehicle Regulations to Help Farmers Prep for Hurricane Irma (9/7/2017) - By Heather Overton, NCDA&CS PIO On September 7, 2017, North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler released the following statement regarding Governor Roy Cooper’s issuance of Executive Orders 20 and 21 in preparation for Hurricane Irma: [...]
Example Soil Sample Form. Source: NCDA&CS, Raleigh NC. NC Ag: Consider Soil Testing Now for Fescue Fertilizer Recommendations (8/26/2017) - By Jagathi Kamalakanthan, NCDA&CS Agronomic Services Division Fescue is a popular cool-season grass that is grown in many parts of the state, with major growth happening between September and June. For this reason, fertilizer applications, [...]
Equine Infectious Anemia found in North Carolina Mule (8/25/2017) - On August 25, 2017, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) Veterinary Division reported that a 14-year-old female mule in Johnston County had contracted equine infectious anemia (EIA). The disease was discovered through [...]
Hemp Oil photo source NCDA&CS. NC Industrial Hemp Commission to Meet Aug. 30 (8/25/2017) - The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission will hold a public meeting via telephone conference call to review and approve research pilot program applications. The meeting is Wednesday, August 30, 2017, starting at 8am. The meeting will [...]
The Netherlands Kills 300,000 Hens Over Contaminated Eggs (8/21/2017) - By Brent Cox, Mercy for Animals More than 17 countries across Europe and in Asia trashed millions of eggs after news broke that the eggs contained fipronil, an insecticide commonly used to kill fleas, lice, [...]
Eastern Triangle Farm Tour 2017 poster. Source: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Experience Local, Sustainable Farms on Eastern Triangle Farm Tour (8/18/2017) - By Katie Hume, The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Weaver Street Market Host the 11th Annual Tour Saturday and Sunday, September 23-24, 2017, 1-5pm on both days. The Eastern Triangle Farm Tour brings families, foodies and [...]
Martin Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Photo: Kay Whatley 2017 NC Board of Agriculture to Meet on Aug. 23 (8/15/2017) - By Tina Hlabse, NCDA&CS The North Carolina Board of Agriculture will hold its quarterly meeting Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at 2pm in the Martin Building at the NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh [...]
Study: Boosting Soil’s Sponge-Like Qualities Would Help Farmers, Communities Combat Floods and Droughts (8/12/2017) - Adopting No-Till Farming, Cover Crops and Perennials Among Other Practices Could Increase Soil’s Ability to Retain Water, Cut Storm Runoff by 15% By Elliott Negin, Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) Farming practices that keep soil covered [...]
Drawings of horses by Gordon S. Reublin in 1938-39. NC Sees First 2017 Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis Case (8/6/2017) - State Vet Encourages Equine Owners to Vaccinate Animals By Dr. Mike Neault, NCDA&CS Veterinary Division A 16-year-old paint horse in Cabarrus County, North Carolina has died after contracting Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE). EEE is a mosquito-borne [...]
Watermelon bursting. Source: Zebulon Farm Fresh Market, Zebulon NC Watermelon Day at Zebulon Farm Fresh Market Offers Contests, Giveaway (8/6/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor The Zebulon Farm Fresh Market (ZFFM) plans special days alongside its regular market vendors. On Saturday, August 12, 2017, head to the market for Watermelon day. Join contests, pick up local goodies, [...]
Rain Barrel workshop photo 2016. Source: We Plant It Forward. We Plant It Forward Offering Rain Barrel Workshops Aug. 8 (8/3/2017) - By Maggie Bailey, We Plant it Forward Make a rain barrel. Conserve water. Come to the next We Plant It Forward rain barrel workshop. On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, the first workshop begins at 5:30pm, with a [...]
First NC Hemp Product Now Processing in Spring Hope NC Facility (8/3/2017) - On August 2, 2017, Hemp, Inc. announced that after 3-1/2 years, millions of dollars spent on purchasing, disassembling, transporting, reassembling, rebuilding, refurbishing, beta testing and debugging, the largest multipurpose industrial hemp processing facility in the [...]
Statewide Industrial Hemp Field Day 2017 flyer. Source: NCDA&CS Registration Open for Inaugural Industrial Hemp Field Day on Aug. 16 (8/2/2017) - Space Limited to First 85 Registrants The North Carolina Cooperative Extension is holding the first Statewide Industrial Hemp Field Day. This new event is scheduled for August 16, 2017, 5-7:30pm, at the Piedmont Research Station, 8350 Sherrills [...]
Farmer harvesting industrial hemp. Source: NC Industrial Hemp Association, NC Industrial Hemp Commission to Meet July 28 (7/26/2017) - The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission will hold a public meeting to review and approve applications for the research pilot program and to begin making permanent rules. The meeting is Friday, July 28, 2017, starting at [...]
Source: North Carolina Cooperative Extension NC Peach Lovers Can Expect Good Offering of Late-variety Fruit (7/11/2017) - By Dexter Hill, NCDA&CS Peach lovers across the state can expect to find plenty of peaches for homemade ice cream, cobblers or just eating fresh. While a late freeze affected many orchards across the state, growers [...]
Figure from the USDA Draft Environmental Impact Statement - April, 2017 on GE Eucalyptus. Opposition to USDA Proposal to Legalize Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees (7/6/2017) - A Quarter of a Million People Say NO to First-Ever GE Forest Tree Well over a quarter of a million people and 500 organizations submitted comments yesterday rejecting the commercialization of ArborGen Inc.’s genetically engineered [...]
Source: California EPA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) California EPA Is First US Agency to Declare That Roundup Causes Cancer (6/28/2017) - By Nathan Donley, Yesterday, the state of California announced that as of July 7, 2017, it will list glyphosate, the main ingredient in the pesticide Roundup and the most common pesticide in the world, as [...]
NC Forest Service seedling in field. Source: Brian R. Haines, NC Forest Service. NC Forest Service Nursery Program Accepting Seedling Orders Beginning July 3 (6/28/2017) - By Brian R. Haines, NC Forest Service The North Carolina Forest Service Nursery Program will begin accepting orders for seedlings July 3, 2017. The NCFS produces about 16 million quality seedlings for 47 species of [...]
USDA Organic Seal NCDA&CS Offers Organic Certification Cost-share Assistance (6/20/2017) - By Heather Barnes, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Organic growers in North Carolina may apply for partial reimbursement of the cost of becoming certified or for recertification through a program offered by the [...]
Entry gate at The Black Sheep Asylum, Middlesex, North Carolina. Photo: Kay Whatley. Middlesex NC Nonprofit, The Black Sheep Asylum, Plans Fundraiser (6/12/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor The Black Sheep Asylum in Middlesex, North Carolina takes in animals with nowhere to go. The nonprofit provides services to humans through animal therapy. The asylum provides a safe place for [...]
Source: Hemp Industries Association and Vote Hemp. Hemp History Week Launches Nationwide June 5-11, 2017 (6/5/2017) - Advocates Promote Sustainability Benefits of Organic Hemp, Innovative Hemp Technologies and the Need to Lift Federal Prohibition on Hemp Farming By Lauren Stansbury ( and Tom Moylan ( The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and Vote Hemp launched the 8th [...]
The Hemp University mod. event notice. Hemp, Inc. Hosts Hemp Educational Symposium, Plans Another on June 24 (5/26/2017) - Hemp, Inc.’s second, sold out, educational symposium (Farming HEMP for Profit™), through its Hemp University, was a phenomenal success. The symposium took place on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Hampton Inn & Suites located at [...]
Farmer harvesting industrial hemp. Source: NC Industrial Hemp Association, NC Industrial Hemp Commission to Host Public Online Meeting on May 30 (5/25/2017) - By Sandy Stewart, NCDA&CS Research Stations Division The Industrial Hemp Commission will hold a public meeting via telephone conference call/webinar to review and approve research pilot program applications. This online meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May [...]
NC Dept of Agriculture Expects Good Late-variety Blueberry Crop (5/22/2017) - “Blueberry Days” Planned for Raleigh and Colfax in June 2017 By Dexter Hill, NCDA&CS Despite a late March freeze that affected early varieties of blueberries grown in North Carolina, marketing specialists with the North Carolina Department [...]
Audience taking their seats for "Homeplace Under Fire" screening, Griffith Film Theatre, Duke University, Durham NC. Photo: Kay Whatley. “Homeplace Under Fire” Showcases Farm Advocates (5/19/2017) - 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, [...]
Source: NC Dept of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Raleigh NC. NC Farmers Should Prepare for Hurricane Season (5/17/2017) - 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 [...]