Today’s Topic: Troxler teaches college

by | Aug 24, 2010

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with the Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”

Southern Farm Network logoThe start of a new school year finds Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler returning to his alma mater, N.C. State University, to teach a course on agricultural policy.

Forty students have enrolled in the one-credit course, “Agriculture Perspectives and Opportunity,” which meets once a week. Students in the course come from both N.C. State’s two-year Agricultural Institute and the four-year bachelor’s degree program.

Troxler’s teaching partner is Dr. Barbara Kirby, a professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of the Ag Institute.

Troxler says the goal of the course is to expose students to traditional and contemporary issues in domestic ag and food policy. Students will look at the major problems and challenges confronting agriculture, and discuss how innovation, research and public policy will shape the response to those challenges.

Policy is one of the key factors in whether farmers are successful. The course will teach students the realities of agricultural policy making and introduce them to the actors involved.

Listen in as Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda talk about going back to school.

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