It’s July, which means farms are in full swing and fresh produce is coming to market. It’s also Got to Be NC Agriculture Month across the state. In fact, Gov. Pat McCrory has proclaimed July as Got to Be NC Agriculture Month in recognition of agriculture’s contributions to the state.
Got to Be NC is the NCDA&CS’ official identity program for agricultural products that are grown, raised, caught or made in our state. The department created this program almost a decade ago as a way for consumers to identify local products wherever they shop. Commissioner Troxler says the program has worked beyond his expectations. The department’s staff works with farmers, agribusinesses, retail partners, restaurants and foodservice providers to promote North Carolina agricultural products and develop new markets to help farmers.
As part of Got to Be NC Agriculture Month, there are a variety of special events planned across the state at farmers markets, restaurants, even baseball games. You can find a listing of these events at www.gottobenc.com.
Everyone can participate in the celebration by supporting local agriculture. Visit a pick-your-own farm, farmers market or roadside stand. You also can support restaurants that buy from local farmers and ranchers. The department has a number of online directories to help you find local food near you.
Click on the audio player below to listen to Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda discuss Got to Be NC Agriculture Month and the future potential of agriculture in the state.
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