The N.C. Africanized Honey Bee Action Plan, updated in 2011, lists the ports of Wilmington and Morehead City – only 100 miles apart – as being at high risk for the bees. The plan was created as a joint effort of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and N.C. State University.
A conservation group called Monday for the state to restore funding for protecting undeveloped natural areas and nearly double the amount of land that North Carolina has protected in the past seven years.
There are still many farms, especially in south and eastern North Carolina that are still owned by a family that received a land grant from the King of England. Rainbow Meadow Farms, near Snow Hill, is one such farm, having received their grant in 1746.
Sandra Garner is the 6th generation to farm Rainbow Meadows, along with her children and grandchildren, who are 7th and 8th generations on the Greene County farm.
The drive to develop crops for use as biofuel, continues to raise questions about additional uses of forest land. A cutting edge computer model developed at North Carolina State University offers detailed insight to predict the environmental impact – along with understanding forest ecosystem response to global climate change.
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems held its field day on May 3 in Goldsboro, NC. The event, supported by Southern SARE and North Carolina SARE, highlighted North Carolina State University and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University sustainable agriculture research projects. About 300 participants were treated to farm tours of such topics as biochar, water quality, no-till organic production, organic canola, pasture-based livestock production, using legumes in forage systems and agroforestry.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) Foundation has invested $1.2 million to expand the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Farm to School Program in response to the growing problem of childhood obesity in North Carolina. The grant provides funding for five new refrigerated tractor-trailers, increasing the distribution of local fruits and vegetables to 35 additional school systems statewide.
NC State researchers had previously developed models that accounted for the hydrology, carbon and nitrogen cycles in agricultural land with high water table soils. The new model, called DRAINMOD-FOREST, extends the ...
Commercial Irish potato growers in a nine-county area in the northeastern part of the state agreed to renew an assessment program that supports promotional and research work of the N.C. Potato Association Inc.
Did you know that North Carolina is the fourth leading U.S. state when it comes to strawberry production? The Pender County town of Wallace will celebrate this fact when it hosts the 2nd annual Carolina Strawberry Festival this weekend.
Director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. That's a mouthful of a job title. It's easier to say that Nancy Creamer's job is to promote local food. "We want everyone to have access to fresh, local food," she said.
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