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Agriculture & Food

Extension and research at NC State address timely issues impacting our state. Extension delivers trusted information directly into the hands of farmers and agribusinesses, helping them translate knowledge into solutions that grow our economy and communities.

The Importance of Honeybees

It seems as though modern times have proven to be constantly evolving at a rapid pace. There are new …

Strawberry Pickin’ Is Upon Us

April has been such a beautiful month and has brought us some delicious, ruby red strawberries. I have seen …

Hemp in hand

Heavy Metal Soil Testing for Hemp

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019 CONTACT: Dr. David Hardy, Ph.D., N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Agronomic Services Division 919-733-2655 NCDA&CS heavy metal …

Recent Publications related to Agriculture & Food

Weed Control in Vegetable Gardens

Weeds are unwanted plants in gardens that reduce available moisture, nutrients, sunlight and growing space …

Raspberries in the Home Garden

In the case of specialty or non-traditional small fruit crops in the Southeast, red raspberries …

Muscadine Grapes in the Home Garden

Muscadine grapes are well adapted to the Coastal Plain of North Carolina, where temperatures seldom …

Bunch Grapes in the Home Garden

Grapes are welcome summer treats that can be eaten fresh, processed into jellies, jams, juice …

Figure 1. Typical tomato washing and sizing line.

Postharvest Cooling and Handling of Field- and Greenhouse-Grown Tomatoes

This publication has been prepared to acquaint growers, shippers and processors with energy-efficient handling and …

Figure 1. Bulk pallet bin of cabbage in the packing house.

Postharvest Cooling and Handling of Cabbage and Leafy Greens

This publication has been prepared to acquaint growers, shippers and processors with energy-efficient handling and …

Postharvest Cooling and Handling of Peppers

This publication has been prepared to acquaint growers, shippers and processors with energy-efficient handling and …

Figure 1. Rate of temperature change for three cooling methods.

Postharvest Cooling and Handling of Apples

This publication has been prepared to acquaint growers, shippers and processors with energy-efficient handling and …