News Roundup

by | Mar 20, 2009

newsroundup11Each week we’ll round up the latest N.C. agriculture headlines from newspapers across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to each paper’s full story.

  • “Tell a farmer ‘thank you.’ Today.,” Farm and Dairy: North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler was eating lunch with some staff members at a local restaurant recently when a woman walked by, laid a napkin on his table, and kept on walking to the cash register. …
  • “Editorial: Farming for the future,” Salisbury Post: If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. – Ann Bradstreet. Poet Ann Bradstreet’s words are loaded with meaning on this first day of spring 2009. After a glum winter of cold weather and brutal economic news, we’re ready for spring and prosperity, not necessarily in that order. The first day of spring is also National Agriculture Day, a good time to praise the people who really put food on the table – farmers. We’d be in bad shape without them. …
  • “N.C. gives tips on building at-home food business,” WRAL: North Carolina startup food companies that have found their footing are getting help to take the next step toward growth. The state Agriculture Department hosts a workshop in Greensboro on Thursday targeting at-home food product producers who have found a market for their products and want to move from part-timer to professional. …
  • “Farmland preservation support is growing,” Asheville Citizen-Times: Ed Hemphill takes pride in the Reems Creek farm that has supported his family over the last 150 years. But looking to the future, the 88-year-old farmer has fretted about the housing developments he sees creeping up the valley toward his pastures and timberland. …

  • “Agriculture – it touches all of us,” Garner News: Each day we depend on agriculture to put food on our tables, clothes on our backs, and many things we use in our homes. Consider this: just about everything we eat, wear, and use comes from American agriculture. That’s why Americans are celebrating this week – March 15 to 21 – as National Agriculture Week. …