12:20 am
Tue May 19, 2015

'Ag-Gag' Bill Passes NC Senate, Heads To The Governor

The North Carolina Senate passed the so called 'Ag-Gag' bill 32 to 13. The measure is now headed for the Governor's desk.
Credit NC General Assembly

The North Carolina Senate passed a bill Monday night which allows business owners to sue employees who secretly record audio or video in the workplace. The vote was 32 to 13.

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Arts & Culture
10:06 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Pigs Race For Oreos At Cabarrus County Fair

Hammy Faye Bacon won a full Oreo cookie after winning first place in the Robinson's Racing Pigs event at the Cabarrus County Fair.
Tasnim Shamma

More than 80,000 visitors are expected to visit the Cabarrus County Fair this week. It's been an attraction in the county for more than 60 years. 

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Local News
7:10 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Farm Bill Seals Environmental Complaints From Public

Environmental watchdogs will fly over agriculture facilities, such as this poultry farm, to document problems.
Credit Catawba Riverkeeper

North Carolina’s annual farm bill addresses fertilizer regulations, landscapers , and even the legal definition of “planting and harvesting season.” But environmental groups say one provision unfairly shields the industry from public scrutiny, while the industry argues it protects from overzealous watchdogs.

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Local News
8:34 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Teaching Farmers How To Farm In Concord

Joe Rowland joined Lomax as a farmer-in-training in 2010. He now owns an 18-acre poultry and produce farm in Gold Hill.
Tasnim Shamma

Say you want to become a farmer. If you didn't grow up on a farm, where do you start? In Cabarrus County, you can go to farm school.

The Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm was launched in 2009 to give first-generation farmers an opportunity to learn the trade.

And earlier this month, it was the subject of a funding controversy that led to the organic farm being shut down for a week in the middle of the growing season.

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Local News
10:12 am
Fri May 30, 2014

NC And Climate Change, Part 3: Agriculture Accidentally Prepares

Washed out tomatoes lie on Barbee Farm in Concord last summer, after some of the wettest weather the state has ever had.
Credit Michael Tomsic / WFAE

North Carolina’s agriculture industry supplies nearly a fifth of the state’s jobs and revenue, according to the Department of Agriculture. It is also perhaps the industry most threatened by the increasing temperatures and extreme weather associated with climate change, but studies show only a minority of farmers believe in it. Nevertheless, the industry is unintentionally preparing.

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Local News
6:07 am
Mon September 2, 2013

NC Peach Growers Consider Self-Imposed Fee

Johnson Farms' Peach Stand off of Highway 220 in Montgomery County, N.C.
Credit Duncan McFadyen / WFAE

North Carolina's peach industry has been shrinking, but farmers still growing the summer fruit hope a little extra money will turn things around.  Over the next month, they'll be voting on a self-imposed assessment ranging from $100 to $350 a year to help fund peach research and marketing.

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