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State Veterinarian Announces Additional Precaution To Prepare For Avian Influenza Outbreak PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 23 July 2015 05:29

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is requiring all poultry owners, regardless of the number of birds, to register for an NCFarmID number. The new requirement is part of an enhanced effort by state agriculture officials, including state veterinarin Doug Meckes, to fight off a potential outbreak of the deadly avian flu.

The goal, say agriculture officials, is to give them a way to alert poultry owners about an outbreak, especially owners in close proximity to a positive farm.

Poultry owners can also sign up for a national premises ID number, but it is not required. Anyone already part of the National Poultry Improvement Plan is exempt from this requirement.

An online sign-up form will be available after Aug. 1.

Bird flu is highly contagious and has devastated poultry operations in other areas of the country.

More information is available at www.ncagr.gov/avianflu.

Gov. McCrory To Discuss State Economies At National Governors Association Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 July 2015 05:23

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Governors from across the country will gather in West Virginia for three days of talks about trends and best practices.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, a member of the group's executive committee, will participate in a panel titled “Skills for the Future: Career Pathways Accelerating State Economies.”

He will also meet with the National Commission on the Future of the Army.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez will be featured at this event as well.

Vandalism Isn't Free Speech, Says Governor After Confederate Statue at State Capital Vandalized PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 July 2015 05:26

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) -- Following news that the Monument to North Carolina Women of the Confederacy had been spray-painted overnight Monday, Gov. Pat McCrory condemned the vandalism.

“Vandalism and the destruction of property is not free speech,” Governor McCrory said in a statement. “One does not change the hearts and minds of others by damaging public monuments or private property.”
The Capitol Police, the State Bureau of Investigation and the Raleigh Police Department are investigating the incident.  
The Women of the Confederacy statue was a gift to the state of North Carolina by Confederate veteran Colonel Ashley Horne and was dedicated on June 10, 1914.  

Got to Be NC Earns 2015 Marketing Excellence Award From Industry Group PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 July 2015 05:19

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Got to be a winner! North Carolina's 'Got To Be NC' slogan for state-produced products has earned the accolades of an agriculture industry trade association.

The campaign has been awarded the 2015 Marketing Excellence Award by the North American Agricultural Marketing Officials.

The award is presented to the top state or provincial agricultural marketing program in the United States and Canada. North Carolina was chosen from a pool of three finalists.

The Got to Be NC program was initially launched 10 years ago as an extension of the state’s Goodness Grows in North Carolina marketing program. In 2014, the department reintroduced the Got to Be NC brand, which helps consumers identify North Carolina agricultural products wherever they shop or eat.


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