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Meet the farm family behind Simply Natural Creamery

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Ever wonder who the farmers are behind the dairy products you love? Meet Neil Moye from Simply Natural Dairy from Ormondsville, NC and learn about his family dairy and creamery operation and how they care for the cows that help produce the milk and ice cream we all enjoy. Read More »

What do NCSU vets think consumers should know?

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NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s Dr. Barrett D. Slenning discusses his work with farmers and clients up and down the food chain to help them provide what society needs. Learn more about the use of antimicrobials in livestock in this video interview. Read More »

How do NCSU vets help ensure safe milk & foods?

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NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s Dr. Derek Foster discusses his work with both students and farmers to help ensure the health of all livestock, making sure they are producing safe and wholesome milk and foods. Check out this interview to learn more! Read More »

Friday’s Featured Farmer: Holly Grove Farms – “What Food Consumers Don’t Know”

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In our second of This Friday’s Featured Farmer is Debbie Craig from Holly Grove Farms. One part of Debbie’s farming operation is giving educational tours to organizations and families interested in learning more about food and farming. In this video, Debbie answers common questions that food consumers have about farming and gives tips on how to learn more. Debbie’s farm ... Read More »

Friday’s Featured Farmer: Holly Grove Farm

Debbie Craig

This Friday’s Featured Farmer is Debbie Craig from Holly Grove Farm. Debbie’s farm and dairy is located in Mount Olive, NC, where she and her family raise goats and hogs, as well as make delicious goat milk chevre cheese! To learn more about Holly Grove Farm, please visit http://www.hollygrovecheese.com/ , where you can learn more about their cheese products and ... Read More »

Friday’s Featured Farmer: E & J Farms

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This week’s Friday’s Featured Farmer is Elwood Garner from E & J Farms in Warsaw, NC! Elwood Garner grew up farming with his father and now raises hogs and poultry with his own family. Happy Friday! And as always, thanks for helping to Feed the Dialogue! Read More »

Food Voice Video: Resistance to Antibiotics & Antimicrobials

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In this first of a series of video interviews with Dr. Sid Thakur, Associate Professor at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Thakur explains what antimicrobial resistance is, and how antibiotics are used on modern farms. Dr. Thakur`s research at NC State focuses on the molecular epidemiology of multi-drug resistant bacterial Salmonella and Campylobacter in the realms of pre-harvest ... Read More »

Always Expect The Unexpected

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    Sometimes when all is going well, it’s hard to imagine what can go wrong. That’s exactly what happened on our Sow Farm this Spring. Every farm has a ‘cash crop’.  A Cash Crop is a crop that is a dependable, ‘take it to the bank’ source of income.  Normally this crop carries the farm finances when adverse weather and market ... Read More »

How do farmers use antibiotics with their livestock?

Dr. Sid Thakur, Associate Professor, Population Health and Pathobiology, NC State College of Veterinary Medicine

Being out in the research/outreach field I get asked questions regarding antibiotics in our animals. One farmer answered “you would not want to eat a sick – poultry/beef/swine” Can you give some insight on antibiotics? Animal production? Dr. Thakur: Antimicrobials are used for prophylaxis (disease prevention) and herd health management. Antimicrobials should be and are used judiciously by farmers following ... Read More »

Does the use of antibiotics help animals gain weight?

Dr. Sid Thakur, Associate Professor, Population Health and Pathobiology, NC State College of Veterinary Medicine

For Dr. Thakur: I just heard that antibiotics are fed to pigs to make them gain weight. Is that true? Dr. Thakur: Let us review the scientific information available on this topic. As indicated in my previous response, antimicrobials are used in raising pigs and other food animal production for improving the feed efficiency, which in turn, leads to gain ... Read More »