Today’s Topic: N.C. State Fair selected for Green Ribbon Fairs Program

by | Apr 10, 2012

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

Southern Farm Network logoThe opening of the 2012 N.C. State Fair is still six months away, but it’s making news for its use of biodiesel.

The United Soybean Board recently selected the State Fair for the 2012 Green Ribbon Fairs Program. The fair is eligible for up to $7,000 in reimbursement for the cost of using soy-based products. The N.C. State Fair was one of 13 fairs around the country selected for the program.

The State Fair has a history of using soy-based biofuels for heating the buildings at the fairgrounds and to power the carnival generators during the fair. Troxler says that because the fair has a history of using soy biodiesel, it made sense to apply for the Green Ribbon Fairs Program.

Funding for the program comes from the national soybean check-off through the United Soybean Board. The check-off will reimburse fairs for using soy biodiesel and other soy-based products.

Click below to listen to Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda talk about biodiesel use at the State Fair. And mark your calendar for the 2012 State Fair, scheduled for Oct. 11-21 in Raleigh. What do you like best about the State Fair?

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