August 30, 2015

N.C. Forest Service sends crews, fire engines to assist with wildfires in Western U.S.

RALEIGH – More than 70 N.C. Forest Service personnel are currently helping fight fires in the Western United States. And for the first time in its 100-year history, the agency sent fire engines out West, too. The three engines are former military trucks that have been converted into fire trucks capable of carrying 600 to […]

Avian influenza informational meetings to be held for backyard poultry owners

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is holding five regional meetings to inform backyard poultry owners about the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus that is expected to be introduced in the state this fall. Veterinarians with NCDA&CS and the N.C. State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will give an […]

Shrimp arrive Saturday August 8th Vance County Regional Farmers Market

At The Farmers Market This Week *Apples   *Butter Beans  *Cantaloupe  *Corn  *Cucumbers  *Cut Flowers  *Eggs  *Eggplant  *Green Beans  *Honey  *Okra  *Onions  *Peaches  *Peas  *Peppers  *Potatoes  *Radishes  *Sauces & Rubs  *Shrimp  *Squash  *Tomatoes  *Watermelons   We will have  SHRIMP at the VCRFM  Saturday, August 8th We will also feature many handmade crafts such as textiles, soaps, note […]

N.C. wine and grape industry has $1.71-billion impact on state’s economy

RALEIGH – Wine lovers may raise a glass to a new report that shows the North Carolina wine and grape industry contributes $1.71 billion to the state’s economy. “It is encouraging to see continued growth in the wine and grape industry, not only for our wineries, but also for our grape growers,” said Agriculture Commissioner […]

Vance County Regional Farmers Market Advisory Board

The Vance County Regional Farmers Market Advisory Board will meet on Thursday, August 6 2015, 2 pm at Farmers Market (210 Southpark Dr., Henderson, NC). This meeting is open to the public and the Board welcomes comments and input. For more information, call 252-598-0814 or e-mail

Largest Watermelon Contest to be held at State Farmers Market July 30

RALEIGH – The State Farmers Market is looking for local watermelon growers to submit entries to its Largest Watermelon Contest. The exhibition will be part of the market’s annual Watermelon Day on July 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “This year’s high temperatures and low precipitation have helped North Carolina’s watermelon crop,” said Agriculture […]

NCDA&CS receiving reports of canine influenza in Asheville, Greensboro and Winston-Salem

RALEIGH – North Carolina veterinary officials have received confirmation of three cases of canine influenza in Asheville and Winston-Salem, and are receiving reports of suspected cases in Greensboro. According to reports, more than 200 dogs may have the virus, but since it is not a reportable disease in North Carolina, the problem could be more […]

State confirms first EEE case in Cumberland County

RALEIGH – A Cumberland County horse died last month after contracting Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis, a mosquito-borne disease that is preventable by vaccination. The 8-year-old Quarter horse died despite veterinary treatment. This is the first reported case of EEE in North Carolina this year. The state recorded 12 EEE cases in horses in 2014. The virus […]

Gardening Tips & Events

Recruiting Now for Master Gardener Class Volunteers needed! Do you love gardening? Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer? The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program is just for you! Our training classes will begin on Tuesday, July 28, 9 am to noon and meet weekly for 14 weeks. No gardening experience required! For more […]

NCDA&CS offers organic certification cost-share assistance

RALEIGH – Organic growers in North Carolina can apply for partial reimbursement of the cost of becoming certified or for recertification through a program offered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Growers who are certified or recertified between Oct. 1, 2014, and Sept. 30, 2015, can apply for assistance through the program. […]