Terms of Service


Information presented on this Website is collected, maintained, and provided for the convenience of the reader. While every effort is made to keep such information accurate and up-to-date, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services does not certify the authenticity of information that originates from third parties. Under no circumstances, shall the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services be liable for any actions taken or omissions made from reliance on any information contained herein from whatever source, nor shall the Department be liable for any other consequences from any such reliance.

Accessibility Statement

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services is committed to making our website accessible to all NCDA&CS customers and employees. Our web pages are constantly undergoing review and redesign as necessary to ensure that they meet or exceed the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Many of our web pages currently meet the Section 508 accessibility standards. Furthermore, The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services continues to work on making all web pages accessible.

If you have any comments or suggestions for improvement, please contact the webmaster at gottobencinfo@ncagr.gov.

Accessibility Resources

Adobe Acrobat PDF Files

Many of the documents on the NCDA&CS website are in HTML or ASCII (plain text) formats. These formats are generally accessible to people who use screen readers. We also have a number of documents in Adobe® Acrobat® Portable Document Format (PDF).

PDF format is used to preserve the content and layout of our hard copy publications. Publications in PDF can only be viewed and printed using the Adobe Acrobat Reader™, version 4.0 or higher. You can download and get help using the Acrobat Reader at the Adobe Systems, Inc. site. The downloadable Acrobat Reader software is available at NO CHARGE from Adobe.

People using screen-reading devices generally are unable to read documents directly in PDF format, unless they have an accessibility plug-in installed on their system along with the Adobe Acrobat Reader. This plug-in is available at NO CHARGE from Adobe. Adobe also has online tools that will convert PDF files to HTML on request. To get the plug-in and latest news about Adobe’s accessibility tools and services, visit the Access Adobe site.

PowerPoint and Word Files

You can view our online publications that are in Microsoft PowerPoint® (.ppt) format if you have any version of PowerPoint installed on your computer. For those who don’t have the software, the Microsoft Corporation offers a FREE PowerPoint file viewer. You can download and get help using the PowerPoint viewer at the Microsoft Viewers site.

You can view publications in Microsoft Word® (.doc) format if you have Word, version 6.0 or higher, installed on your computer. Word documents can also be viewed with many other word processing software programs. Additionally, Microsoft offers a FREE Word file viewer that you can download at its Microsoft Viewers site.

Style Sheets

The majority of the web pages on our website set font sizes, font colors, and font types using style sheets. You may adjust your browser settings to disable these styles or override them with your own preferred font sizes, colors, and types.