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NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Resources
The NC department of Agriculture and consumer resources has eighteen divisions that range from a Veterinary Division that monitor animal disease and administer animal heath to a State Fair Division that deals with the state fair. There are eight divisions of concern when looking at water quality.
North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Commissioner: Steve Troxler
This division looks at product quality of fertilizer and seed. It is in control of the implementation and regulation of plant pest laws. This division’s primary relation to water issues is the regulation of fertilizer. Excess nutrients, etc. created by fertilizer runoff can greatly effect the ground and surface water of the area in which it was used.
This division is responsible for assuring two things; the reliability and consistency of the labeling of agricultural products, the testing of motor fuels for compliance with stated regulations, and the regulation of LP-Gas and anhydrous ammonia installations. The later two responsibilities are what connect this division with state water issues. These issues relate to monitoring the release of certain substances into the environment and assuring that these substances were properly made and used as to least affect the surrounding environment. These substances can affect water when release and therefore are a concern to in maintaining the water quality of the state.
The Structural Pest Control Division is assigned the mission to maintain public health and safety through the regulation of the pest control industry and the pesticide products produced and used in the state. It is responsible for issuing licenses to commercial pesticide operators. It is also responsible for implementation and enforcement of regulations related to the industry. Pest control treatments are notorious for having its runoff pollute water. This is perhaps one of the most important water related divisions in the NC Agriculture Department.
1001 Mail Service Center
Director: Carl E. Falco
The Food and Drug Protection Division’s mission is to make sure that foods, feeds, drugs, cosmetics, pesticides and automotive antifreezes are produced to satisfactory standards. The use of chemical analysis and other forms of monitoring is used to assure quality of products. This division is closely related to the structural pest control and standard divisions in assuring products used in the environment are not detrimental, for example to water quality. It is also related to the next division (Agronomic Division) in its responsibility for testing and monitoring appropriate environmental levels.
Mailing Address: 1070 MAIL SERVICE CENTER, RALEIGH NC 27699-1070
Phone: (919) 733-7366; FAX: (919) 733-6801
The Agronomic Services Division is responsible for the testing and analyzing of environmental conditions and waste levels. These observations help produce ideas and regulations to increase efficiency in disposal and environmental conservation. Regional agronomists aid local farmers/growers to solve problems that they are faced with. This division is related to water through its testing and monitoring of water quality levels.
Mailing Address: 1040 MAIL SERVICE CENTER, RALEIGH NC 27699-1040
NCDA&CS Agronomic Division , Dr. Colleen M. Hudak-Wise, Director
The Research Stations Division maintains and runs 15 research stations and three state farms. This division is used in conjunction with scientists at land-grant universities to develop or improve agronomic products, livestock and poultry and it helps develop ideas for better and more efficient land management programs. This research includes water issues related to such fields of research.
Phone: (919) 733-3236
This division is responsible for aiding in construction projects related to NC Department of Agriculture projects. Since many agricultural construction project are large scale operations this division has a great deal to do with the prevention of sedimentation and runoff sue to such projects. It is this division’s responsibility among other things to assure that water quality is not impacted by such construction projects.
Property and Construction Division
G. Kent Yelverton, P.E., Director