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North Carolina AgTrivia at the NC State Fair

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The 2015 North Carolina State Fair! The NC State Fair never fails to make me feel like a kid again and this year’s bonus for me … I get to talk to y’all about North Carolina Agriculture! The Feed the Dialogue NC team will be located in the Jim Graham building sharing information – you know how we’ve been teasing ... Read More »

Be A Good Egg, Take A Virtual Farm Tour!

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Education Station provides educators with access and resources – this fun feature virtual field trip teaches students about the importance of a protein rich breakfast and how fresh foods get from the farm to their table. Also included are lesson plans, activities, farmer spotlights & more! Be a Good Egg and Register Now for the October 15th, 1pm Field Trip: ... Read More »

Football, the Fair and NC Agricultural Gratitude

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That’s right ladies and gentleman it is Football and NC State Fair season. Next Saturday, October 3rd, NC State plays Louisville at 12:30pm – before the Pack takes the field, North Carolina State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will host their 24th annual tailgate event, celebrating agricultural and agribusiness families ... Read More »

Shipley Farms Beef – A Century of Family Farming


This North Carolina Century Farm has a rich heritage and a bright future. Hear the story of this family farm told by the three generations who have launched a new direct to consumer beef operation. This video was produced in memory of Robert G. Shipley Sr. who passed away less than a week after this interview. Jennifer is a North ... Read More »

Hit the Road and Pile Your Plate High NC

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This weekend holds a plethora of not-to-be-missed gastronomic delights – come along and journey up and down 40, around 70, over to 95 – taking a few back roads when you can. Friday on the Front Porch – tonight from 5-8pm on the front porch of The Carolina Inn – The Gravy Boys will perform, food trucks will be on-site ... Read More »

The 2015 North Carolina Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year

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Across the state thousands of North Carolina school children are marching back to school – wonder how many ponder skipping class to stay home and work hard on the farm? Milo Lewis-Ferrell, area organization director with North Carolina Farm Bureau, says Danny Kornegay of Princeton, NC did, “he has a passion for it. As a child, he would skip school ... Read More »

Celebrating An NC Agriculture Legend


We are saddened to hear of the loss of a true NC agriculture legend, Mr. Robert G. Shipley Sr. The Feed The Dialogue NC video team had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Shipley on Saturday, August 8, 2015. He beamed with pride as he shared the story of this most amazing family farm and at 103 years of age, he ... Read More »

Graze Your Way Across North Carolina this Weekend

If you aren’t hungry now – you will be after you read through our North Carolina Edible Events on deck for the weekend. Our philosophy is hey, summer is coming to a close – what better time to pack everybody up for some forced family fun – look – when there’s lip-smacking NC grub involved it won’t be hard to ... Read More »

A Plateful of NC Happenings!

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West to east and back again there are numerous events and festivals going on across North Carolina this weekend. I’ve put together a list of a few to check out along the road – get out there and enjoy NC agriculture while you’re soaking up our beautiful state! Blue Ridge Mountain Fair – local artisan handiwork in the heart of Sparta, ... Read More »

NC 4H Char-Grill Cooking Contest

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  Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending my morning with some amazing North Carolina chefs – they were all under the age of 18 and cooking outdoors at The Court of North Carolina on the campus of North Carolina State University. The North Carolina 4H Congress runs through Tuesday and as part of their program they hold a state ... Read More »