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Blueberries on a branch

Jun 7, 2021

The Beloved Blueberry: Five Facts

N.C. blueberries are a summertime treat, and NC State scientists work to make them better for farmers and consumers. 

Three military veterans in a farm field with two cows

Apr 13, 2021

Veterans in North Carolina Agriculture

About 9,000 veterans farm in NC, and CALS is introducing more military retirees to the opportunities in ag. 

Woman with small goat on her shoulder

Mar 26, 2021

NC Farm School Helps Farms Get Off to a Solid Start

With NC Farm School's help, two couples are turning their farmland into sustainable new businesses with the potential to grow agritourism. 

Cattle on a pasture with mountains and trees in the background

Mar 16, 2021

Farmland Challenges in a Fast-Growing State

North Carolina is losing agricultural lands to development at a fast pace. What does this mean for our state? And what's being done about it? 

CALS grad Brandon Batten sitting on a tractor

Feb 16, 2021

Brandon Batten: Putting Advanced Farm Tech to Work

Brandon Batten uses modern ag tech daily on his Four Oaks farm, and he's looking ahead to advancements that'll make his operation increasingly efficient. 

Hemp flower

Jan 19, 2021

What’s Up With N.C. Hemp

With modern hemp production heading into its fifth growing season in North Carolina, what does the future hold for this crop? That’s a question that’s likely on the minds of over 1,500 licensed growers and others in the hemp industry —and the one we explore in this episode of Farms, Food, and You. 

Steve Lommel in a university laboratory

Jan 5, 2021

One-on-One With N.C. Agricultural Research Service Director Steve Lommel

When it comes to NC State University’s impact on agriculture, NCARS' discoveries lead to the way. Director Steve Lommel provides an update. 

Young men digging and filling a wheelbarrow

Dec 22, 2020

Giving Back: Kamal Bell and Sankofa Farms

Kamal Bell isn’t your stereotypical North Carolina farmer, and his Orange County farm isn’t your everyday farm. There, he’s not just farming, he’s also teaching — and doing both in ways aimed at raising the quality of life for people in his nearby hometown of Durham. 

Solar panels and other equipment at the end of a drainage canal in a farm field

Nov 5, 2020

Research for Better Water Management: Not Too Wet, Not Too Dry

Improved water management systems being developed and tested by CALS researchers could help farmers raise yields and protect the environment. 

Hand slicing a sweetpotato

Oct 27, 2020

Sweet Success With Sweetpotatoes

Sweetpotatoes are North Carolina's state vegetable, and they're not just for Thanksgiving anymore. Find out how North Carolina growers have positioned our state as the leader when it comes to production of this increasingly in-demand crop.