NCDA&CS Divisions

Budget & Finance

Budget and Finance is responsible for all business affairs of the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.

Agricultural Statistics

The Agricultural Statistics Division collects, prepares and disseminates a regular series of official crop, livestock and price estimates, along with other statistics relative to agriculture in North Carolina and the nation.

Agronomic Services

The Agronomic Services Division analyzes soil samples, plant, solution and irrigation water samples, and animal, municipal and industrial wastes. Recommendations made by these services are designed to improve production efficiency and protect natural resources. Regional agronomists help growers solve field problems and implement recommendations.

Emergency Programs

The mission of the Emergency Programs Division is to reduce the vulnerability and minimize the impact from, any natural or man-made disaster, disease outbreak or terrorist attack for the NCDA&CS, the people, and agricultural interest of North Carolina, and to facilitate a rapid return to normalcy.

Environmental Programs

Environmental Programs advises the Commissioner of Agriculture, Chief Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture on environmental related issues associated with agriculture and agribusiness. Environmental Programs staff serves as public advocates of North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services environmental policies as departmental representatives on various governmental and public advisory boards representing agricultural interests.

Farmland Preservation

Farmland Preservation advises the Commissioner of Agriculture, Chief Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture on Farmland Preservation related issues associated with agriculture and agribusiness. Farmland Preservation staff serves as public advocates of North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Farmland Preservation policies as departmental representatives on various governmental and public advisory boards representing agricultural interests.

Food Distribution

The Food Distribution Division requisitions, stores and distributes U.S. Department of Agriculture donated foods. The division distributes these products to primary and secondary schools, private schools, charitable institutions and needy households.

Food and Drug Protection

The Food and Drug Protection Division assures consumers that foods, feeds, drugs, cosmetics, and automotive antifreezes are safe, wholesome and properly labeled. Statewide inspections and chemical analyses offer protection against unsafe, deceptive and fraudulent products.

Human Resources Office

The Human Resources Office is responsible for providing support to the department's divisions in all areas of personnel administration.

Internal Audit Division

The primary scope of the Internal Audit Division encompasses the examination and evaluation of the adequacy and effectiveness of the Departmentís governance, risk management process, system of internal control structure, and the quality of performance in carrying out assigned responsibilities to achieve the Departmentís stated goals and objectives.


The Marketing Division promotes the sale of North Carolina products, develops and expands markets, reports farm market prices on major commodities, and determines and certifies official grades of farm products. Operates regional farmers markets in Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh.

Meat and Poultry Inspection

The Meat and Poultry Inspection Division enforces state and federal laws designed to ensure the meat and poultry products sent into commerce are wholesome, unadulterated, and properly labeled. This division inspects red meat slaughter facilities and businesses that further process and/or transport meat & poultry products for wholesale distribution in North Carolina.

NC Agricultural Finance Authority

The North Carolina Agricultural Finance Authority (NCAFA) was established by the North Carolina General Assembly to provide credit to agriculture in local areas where it is not available at reasonable rates and terms. The mission applies to all aspects of agriculture; farming, processing, manufacturing and exporting.

NC Forest Service

The N.C. Forest Serviceís mission is to protect, manage and promote our forest resources for the residents of North Carolina. Our mission is based on a vision of a North Carolina with healthy trees and forests that provide essential environmental, economic and social benefits. The N.C. Forest Service is a professional workforce recognized as a leader in forest protection, emergency response, resource management and environmental education.

NC State Fair

Each October, people of all ages congregate in Raleigh to participate in one of the largest agricultural fairs in the United States. Exhibits as well as livestock competitions and entertainment draw both rural and urban crowds. During non-fair time, fair buildings and grounds are rented to provide capital to operate the fairgrounds at a break-even point and to fund ground improvements.

Plant Industry

The Plant Industry Division examines fertilizer and seed for accurate labeling and product quality. Seeds are tested for germination and purity. The division also administers plant pest laws. It also administers the Plant Conservation Program, inspects plant nurseries and honeybees, and conducts biological pest control programs.

Property and Construction

The Property and Construction Division is responsible for providing support to all of the Department's divisions in the areas of Property and Construction.

Public Affairs

The Public Affairs Division is responsible for disseminating pertinent information to the public through news releases and other media contacts. It is also responsible for publishing The Agricultural Review, a monthly agricultural newspaper sent to 70,000 subscribers.

Research Stations

The Research Stations Division maintains and supervises 15 research stations (nine owned by NCDA&CS, six owned by NC State University) and three state farms (owned by NCDA&CS). Research station personnel cooperate with scientists at land-grant universities to develop new agronomic products, improve livestock and poultry breeds,and develop better management practices.

Small Farms

The Small Farms Ag Policy section within General Administration provides services to small, limited-resource and minority farmers who are traditionally underserved. These services are provided through outreach and education to assist this audience in making informed decisions and providing advocacy for those who do not have a voice.

Soil and Water Conservation

The Soil and Water Conservation Division works in cooperation with the Soil and Water Conservation Commission to protect and improve soil and water resources throughout the state. .


The Standards Division is responsible for testing all commercial weighing and measuring devices to ensure their accuracy; checking packages to ensure they contain the stated net contents; testing motor fuels for compliance with guaranteed quality specifications; inspecting LP-Gas and anhydrous ammonia installations for compliance with safety codes; and providing precision mass, volume, temperature and length standard calibrations.

Structural Pest Control & Pesticides

The Structural Pest Control And Pesticides Division protects public health and safety by regulating the pesticide and pest control industry. The division licenses commercial operators and administers laws governing the industry. Pest control treatments are inspected to prevent deception, fraud and unfair trade practices and to assure high quality workmanship.


The Veterinary Division protects the health of the state's livestock and poultry population through the administration of regulatory animal health programs and its diagnostic laboratory system. Responsibilities include the surveillance, monitoring, control, and eradication of diseases; regulation of animal movements; inspections and testing on the farm and at markets and sales; providing diagnostic laboratory service to owners and their veterinarians; and conducting regulatory disease testing to facilitate interstate and export movement of animals and food products.