Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”
We’re just a couple of days away from the start of the 2014 N.C. State Fair, and as usual, agriculture will play a big role.
There’s so much to see at the fair that highlights agriculture: horticulture exhibits, bees, animals, the Field of Dreams and a whole lot more. The Agriculture Today exhibit is moving to a location near Gate 1 and will showcase a variety of modern ag technology. With the changing landscape of agriculture in North Carolina, the State Fair is committed to bridging the gap between consumers and the technological innovations required in the industry to bring food and fiber into the homes of our citizens.
The exhibit will use hands-on demonstrations and a straight-forward approach to presenting modern farming practices to provide a connection between consumers, technology and farms. It aims to educate and showcase both the advances in agriculture to date, and the technologies required to feed the world in the future. The exhibit this year will also feature a demonstration on how N.C. State University’s research with unmanned aerial vehicles will benefit individual farmers.
Another new twist this year is that the Junior Livestock Sale of Champions is moving to prime time. In the past, this auction has been held at 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of the fair. But starting this year, it will take place at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Graham Building.
Also this year, all youth livestock exhibitors will have the opportunity to benefit from the sale. The addition of more sponsors is allowing the fair to put a portion of proceeds from the sale into a scholarship program and educational opportunities.
Click on the audio player below to listen to Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda discuss the N.C. State Fair.
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