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The Independence of a Family Farm


I love wide open spaces, North Carolina places and meeting new faces – so I jumped at that chance to make the trip to Lazy O Farm in Johnston County, NC. Tami and David Thompson were kind enough to invite us for a visit at the same time as Laura Rogers from the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association. Laura stops in ... Read More »

Strawberry farm provides hands-on ag education – Strawberry City

Strawberry City

Kids love NC Strawberries, but what do they know about how they are grown? Brent and Sue Leggett run Strawberry City in Nashville, NC, and work closely with local school groups to provide a hands-on ag education experience with a very sweet reward. Read More »

Food Voice: Don Butler

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Farmers and ag community members are invaluable to North Carolina communities not just because they help to feed us, but because in times of crisis, they step up to the plate to build a better future. One of our favorite stories of farmers helping others is about the pork industry stepping up to help Camp Don Lee build an Environmental ... 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 »

Friday’s Featured Farmer: Wells & Sons, Inc

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This week’s featured farmer is DeKalb Wells from Wells & Sons, Inc. DeKalb’s family farm is located in the heart of Duplin County in Rose Hill, North Carolina, where they raise hogs, poultry, and cattle. Thanks for helping us Feed the Dialogue! Read More »

Pork Industry Steps Up to Help Camp Don Lee

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Many of us who live along the eastern coast of the U.S. remember Hurricane Irene as a large and powerful Atlantic storm. Irene made landfall near Cape Lookout in late August of 2011 and, ahead of landfall, it spawned several tornadoes. From falling trees and power lines to heavy rainfall and extensive storm surge, there were significant impacts across eastern North ... Read More »

Food Voice: Sid Thakur – “One Health Concept”

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In the second of a series of interviews with Dr. Sid Thakur, Associate Professor at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Thakur explains the one health concept, and how the health of humans is connected to the health of animals and the environment. Dr. Thakur`s research at NC State focuses on the molecular epidemiology of multi-drug resistant bacterial Salmonella ... Read More »

Friday’s Featured Farmer: Franklin Williams of Will-O-Wenn Farm

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This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Franklin Williams of Will-O-Wenn Farm in Duplin County, where they grow soybeans and corn. Franklin also is a member of the North Carolina Soil and Water Conservation Board in Duplin County. Question: What misconceptions do think people have about farming? Franklin Williams: Well, I think there could be any number of misconceptions. ... Read More »