North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Environmental Sustainability Report
The mission of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) is to operate regulatory and service programs that ensure the availability of life-sustaining food and natural fiber, free of adulteration and contamination, and produced in a manner
consistent with environmentally sound production practices; and to operate programs to benefit
consumers and agricultural producers, to protect the environment, health, and economic well-being
of all North Carolina citizens and business enterprises. In fulfilling this mission
NCDA&CS is dedicated to being environmentally responsible in all activities undertaken by the
department. Departmental policies require all divisions to ensure that minimum environmental
degradation results from the activities conducted on a daily basis. The following NCDA&CS
report identifies a number of ongoing environmentally sustainable activities.
- Donation of fruits and vegetables from Farmers Markets and Research Farms
- The Center for Environmental Farming Systems
- Pesticide disposal assistance and pesticide container recycling programs
- Interagency cooperation
- Electronic communication
- Recycle animal bedding, soil samples, grease and cardboard
- Develop in-house surplus property listing
The department's environmental sustainability plan was developed by a team chaired by Assistant
Commissioner David Smith and composed of representatives with considerable knowledge of the
department's environmental sustainability efforts. The department is also an active participant in
the WasteWise Task Force.
Additional information may be obtained by contacting David Smith at (919) 733-7314.