NC Department of Agriculture http://wunc.org en The State Of The Turkey Industry In North Carolina http://wunc.org/post/state-turkey-industry-north-carolina <p></p><p></p><p>A lot of Thanksgiving dinners across the country will feature a turkey grown and processed right here in North Carolina.&nbsp; Butterball is headquartered here and produces about 20-percent of the nation’s turkeys.&nbsp;</p><p>But Butterball reports it’s <a href="http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/nov/24/butterball-investigates-underweight-gobblers/">coming up a little short</a> this year with fresh orders. And in another part of the state, one of the largest turkey slaughter houses is shut down.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:10:15 +0000 Leoneda Inge 26351 at http://wunc.org The State Of The Turkey Industry In North Carolina Could N.C. Tomatoes Provide The Key To Stopping Salmonella? http://wunc.org/post/could-nc-tomatoes-provide-key-stopping-salmonella <p>Researchers at North Carolina State University are searching for <em>Salmonella</em> in North Carolina's tomato crops.&nbsp; The bacteria causes salmonellosis, a disease that can range from uncomfortable to deadly, and tomatoes in Florida and Virginia have been the sources of outbreaks. Despite North Carolina's close proximity and similar climate, local tomatoes have been safe from the pathogen. A team of scientists from N.C. State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is investigating why.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Avery Kleinman 20683 at http://wunc.org Could N.C. Tomatoes Provide The Key To Stopping Salmonella? House Of Raeford Cuts 1,000 Turkey Jobs http://wunc.org/post/house-raeford-cuts-1000-turkey-jobs <p>Nearly 1,000 workers at House of Raeford Farms slaughter plant in Hoke County will be officially out of jobs today.</p><p>It’s the end of an era for the town of Raeford. Some of the 950 workers at the turkey slaughter house will retire, some will be transferred to other House of Raeford poultry plants and cook facilities, and many will be jobless.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 13:34:31 +0000 Leoneda Inge 19983 at http://wunc.org House Of Raeford Cuts 1,000 Turkey Jobs Big China Tobacco Company Opens Office In Cary http://wunc.org/post/big-china-tobacco-company-opens-office-cary <p>A Chinese tobacco company has announced plans to open its North America headquarters in North Carolina.&nbsp; The state Agriculture Department has worked hard to bolster trade relations with China.&nbsp; And it’s paid off. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 20:21:15 +0000 Leoneda Inge 18072 at http://wunc.org Big China Tobacco Company Opens Office In Cary Invasive Beetle Detected For First Time In NC Trees http://wunc.org/post/invasive-beetle-detected-first-time-nc-trees <p>State agricultural officials have <a href="http://www.ncagr.gov/paffairs/release/2013/6-13emeraldashborer.htm">placed a quarantine on firewood from three counties</a> due to a destructive insect infestation.&nbsp; Pest control crews have found&nbsp; evidence of a beetle known as the Emerald Ash Borer for the first time in North Carolina.&nbsp; It makes its home in ash trees and kills them over a period of two to three years.&nbsp; The quarantine applies to any wood products made from ash trees in Granville, Person and Vance Counties.&nbsp;</p><p>Phil Wilson of the state Agriculture Department says the bug spreads by flying from tree to tree or by lumber transportation. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:14:38 +0000 Will Michaels 17490 at http://wunc.org Invasive Beetle Detected For First Time In NC Trees Syngenta Greenhouse: Think Cool Wear Shades http://wunc.org/post/syngenta-greenhouse-think-cool-wear-shades <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The state of North Carolina is heavy on Agriculture.&nbsp; So it’s not odd to see greenhouses from the coast to the mountains.&nbsp; But there’s a new greenhouse at <a href="http://www.syngenta.com/global/corporate/en/Pages/home.aspx">Syngenta</a> in Research Triangle Park that is said to be the only one of its kind in the world.&nbsp; Dignitaries and leaders in biotechnology and agriculture were on-hand Friday for a tour of this state-of-the-art greenhouse and to celebrate the grand opening of <a href="http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/5/prweb10743363.htm">Syngenta’s Advanced Crop Lab</a>. Sat, 18 May 2013 23:19:18 +0000 Leoneda Inge 15568 at http://wunc.org Syngenta Greenhouse: Think Cool Wear Shades Still A Little Cold And Wet For NC Crops http://wunc.org/post/still-little-cold-and-wet-nc-crops <p></p><p>The cold, damp weather so far this spring is causing problems for <a href="http://www.ncagr.gov/stats/weather/current.pdf">North Carolina farmers</a> trying to get crops into the ground.&nbsp; Farmers say they can deal with the rain because of the most recent drought, but the cold is a problem.</p><p>Roy Thagard is a Field Crop Agent at the Greene County Cooperative Extension Office.&nbsp; He says farmers haven’t been able to get the soil weeded and prepared for planting corn and tobacco. &nbsp;Thagard says the soil needs to be 55 to 60 degrees for plants to germinate or sprout.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:23:03 +0000 Leoneda Inge 12701 at http://wunc.org Still A Little Cold And Wet For NC Crops