Cindy and Ted Hady

Duke deploys herbicide helicopter­s in WNC

Since Duke first began using the practice in WNC in 2016, said company spokesperson Jeff Brooks, helicopters under the utility‚Äôs direction have deployed herbicides across more than 500 acres. That number may increase in the future as Duke pursues what it calls “an effective alternative” to ground-based management of vegetation along power lines.

DEA holds up industrial hemp in North Carolina

Local farmers are still holding out hope that 2017 will be the year industrial hemp grows in WNC fields for the first time in decades. But the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration isn’t making it easy for growers to source seed or seedlings in time for planting, which may mean another year of waiting for eager prospective hemp growers.