Today’s Topic: NCDA&CS helps N.C. businesses keep exports moving

by | Jul 3, 2012

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

Southern Farm Network logoInternational purchases of North Carolina agricultural products help boost farm income and support jobs. But exporting many of these products wouldn’t be possible without documents known as phytosanitary certificates.

These certificates ensure that a product meets the importing country’s entry requirements. All countries have entry requirements to minimize the spread of plant pests while promoting trade.

The NCDA&CS Plant Industry Division works with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to issue these certificates to N.C. farms and businesses. And demand for them has been growing.

Troxler says that by helping businesses research and obtain the necessary certifications, the department is helping grow business export opportunities with lumber, cotton, tobacco, nursery plants, soybeans, corn and other products.

Click below to listen to the Commissioner and Rhonda discuss this service and other steps the department is taking to help move N.C. ag products abroad.

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