Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”
As Commissioner Troxler looks back on 2015, he’s thinking about the challenges N.C. farmers dealt with during the year. There was a wet spring that delayed planting of some crops. That was followed by a hot, dry summer that hampered crop development. And then at the beginning of fall, there were nearly two straight weeks of rain that delayed harvest and damaged crops. Also, in the Piedmont a killing frost put an end to the growing season.
But years like this always demonstrate the resilience of farm families. North Carolina farmers are already working hard to get ready for 2016.
Troxler notes that there was good news in agriculture this year, too. In the spring, the latest analysis from N.C. State economist Mike Walden showed that the economic impact of agriculture and agribusiness continues to be huge — $76 billion — and the industry employs 663,000 people.
And when Commissioner Troxler looks back on 2015, he remembers that a couple thousand people from across the state came to Raleigh in March for Ag Awareness Day at the Legislature. It was the first time that many agriculture and commodity organizations gathered in Raleigh on one day, and they made a positive statement about agriculture’s importance to our state, Troxler says.
Another highlight of the year was a successful trade mission to China, which is one of North Carolina’s most important export markets. This mission focused on forestry products, tobacco, pork and soybeans.
Click on the audio player below to hear Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda talk about the year in agriculture and looking ahead to 2016.
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