For centuries, Harkers Island on the North Carolina was its own world. Generations of boat builders and fishermen inhabited the island building deep traditions and a distinctive dialect. But vacationers have discovered this 5-mile island and some locals worry that the island\’s essential character is changing. Alison Jones reports.
Archive for November, 2005
This year, the sweet potato celebrates its 10th anniversary as the state\’s official vegetable. But despite its political success, it\’s still mostly a seasonal dish. Laura Leslie took to the backroads to find out why.
Thousands of families in North Carolina will be serving turkeys this week that were raised in pastures on small farms across the state. People buying these turkeys say they\’re a more natural alternative to the standard Butterball. But mainstream farmers say those birds may pose a threat to the state’s 2.5 billion dollar a year poultry industry. They say chickens and turkeys raised outside on pastures are at greater risk for contracting bird flu. Small farmers disagree. Rose Hoban reports.
North Carolinians are losing confidence in the Bush Administration at a higher rate than those gaining confidence. That’s one of the findings in the latest Elon University poll. According to the poll, the war in Iraq and the economy are the two most important issues facing the country. That jibes with what reporter Rusty Jacobs found at a shopping center in Durham.
Poultry is the single largest agricultural commodity produced in North Carolina – bigger than tobacco, peanuts or hogs. That’s one of the reasons poultry growers in this state have paid close attention to the slow spread of various avian flu strains in Canada and Asia. Rose Hoban reports on what commercial poultry farmers in North Carolina are doing to keep their birds safe from flu.