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Opening day draws closer for popular berry farm

Two things are sure signs of spring in our area-- seasonal allergies and the opening of the Lewis Nursery and Farm for fresh berry-picking. Now, workers are busy getting ready for their opening day this Friday. 

Officials seize 1 million pounds of pork amid virus concerns

Federal authorities say 1 million pounds of pork products allegedly smuggled from China have been seized at a New Jersey port.

North Carolina farms concerned about impending return to cold weather

Farmers in North Carolina are worried about the current spell of warm and wet weather and an impending return to winter-like temperatures next week.
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Florence destroys Pender County farm, help comes from across country

The winter is usually a slow time for most farmers, but one Burgaw farmer said this past winter was especially hard.

Farmer hopes for luckier 2019 after soggy 2018 cuts collard green crop

If you're looking to ring in the new year in the traditional southern fashion - with collard greens and black-eyed peas - you might have some difficulty.

Congress approves $400 billion for farmers, forests, poor

After months of debate and negotiation, Congress voted final approval Wednesday to a massive farm bill that will provide more than $400 billion for agriculture subsidies, conservation programs and food aid.
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$240 million agriculture disaster assistance available to farmers

Farmers with damage and agricultural losses from Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Michael may be eligible for disaster assistance.
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Cooper unveils $1.5B Florence aid package, seeks $750M now

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper asked state legislators Wednesday for $750 million toward a proposed long-term $1.5 billion Hurricane Florence recovery effort, with an early focus on housing, farms, business and schools.

Ag Chief Steve Troxler makes $300M-plus request on Florence aid

North Carolina's agriculture agency is asking for more than $300 million from the state for the cleanup and recovery from Hurricane Florence, most of which would go as direct payments to farmers who lost crops and livestock.

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