Commissioner Troxler

NCDA&CS, NCSU collaborating on speaker series for ag students

For decades the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and N.C. State University have partnered on agricultural research and various other programs and services. On Thursday, we’re launching our latest collaboration, a speaker series for students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Like many of our partnerships, the goal of this series […]

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New group will focus on growing N.C.’s local food economy

Shortly after I took office as commissioner of agriculture five years ago, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services launched a new marketing program called Got to Be NC. The purpose of the program was to raise awareness of food and agricultural products grown or produced right here in North Carolina. Over the past […]

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Thank a farmer

Thanksgiving is next week, and I always look forward to spending the holiday with my family (especially now that I have grandchildren to spoil). I’m very thankful for my family and the joy they bring me. Another thing I’m thankful for is the role North Carolina farmers play in putting food on our tables. Our […]

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A salute to veterans

I have always respected the dedication of the men and women in our nation’s military. My father and three uncles served in the Army during World War II, and I now have the honor of working with many veterans at the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. I am extremely grateful for everything the […]

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Two NCDA&CS employees complete Certified Public Manager Program

Earlier this week, I had the honor of presenting two NCDA&CS employees with certificates recognizing their completion of the Certified Public Manager Program. I want to congratulate David Hardy and Kathleen Kidd for completing this rigorous two-year program coordinated by the Office of State Personnel. According to OSP’s description, the CPM program “provides in-depth, comprehensive […]

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Visiting farms, aquaculture operations in Eastern N.C.

I recently visited several farms in eastern North Carolina to see what farmers are doing and listen to their concerns. We visited Bertie, Chowan, Gates, Beaufort, Craven and Pitt counties. We covered a lot of miles and a lot of topics in three days, including environmental regulations, water resources, the cost of fertilizer and other […]

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Tuesday in China: Tobacco, soybean, cotton meetings

We had a busy day in China, with our group splitting up to cover three commodities: tobacco, soybeans and cotton. I met with Commissioner Jiang Chenkeng, the head of China’s State Tobacco Monopoly Administration, and several members of his staff. Commissioner Jiang said his company is interested in high-quality leaf, and North Carolina farmers can […]

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Agriculture/agribusiness still top industry in North Carolina

Agriculture/agribusiness continues to be North Carolina’s leading industry, according to the latest economic impact analysis by N.C. State University economist Mike Walden. His report was released June 11 at the N.C. Agribusiness Council’s legislative luncheon, where I was the guest speaker. The ag industry contributed $70.1 billion to the state’s economy and employed 700,000 people […]

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