North Carolina farmers

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.


Sugar-Free Summertime Treats

Jun 23, 2014
Jennifer Lang / WFAE

As temperatures rise, we turn to light, refreshing treats from the kitchen. With the abundance of vegetables and fruits that grow in our area, it's not hard to whip up light, cool dishes and drinks that are full of summertime flavor. Today on Charlotte Talks, a trio of guests talked about their favorite foods and beverages of the season. 

Peter Reinhart, Johnson & Wales Chef on Assignment, shares two of his summer treats. Bonus- they can be made sugar-free.
 

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.


One of the laws that state legislators upheld Wednesday despite Governor Pat McCrory's veto is a measure designed to give farmers extra wiggle room in hiring seasonal workers.

Any business in North Carolina with at least 25 employees is required to submit documentation on each worker to the Department of Homeland Security. The program is called E-Verify, and it's supposed to prevent immigrants in the country illegally from getting jobs.