Commissioner Troxler

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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H1N1 Flu Outbreak and N.C. agriculture

I’ve got to admit that I’ve been a little frustrated this week as I’ve read all the news reports about the H1N1 influenza outbreak that continues to be called “swine” flu.  I’ve been working with my counterparts in the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture to get a federal declaration on the official name […]

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Young farmer already thinking about the future

I love visiting farms, and I take every opportunity I can to get out of the office and meet with farmers. Last week, I spent a rainy afternoon with Lin Andrew at his Chestnut Hill Farm in Chatham County. Lin raises grassfed beef cattle on 170 acres. He also has laying chickens. At 39 or […]

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A note from a citizen

I get all sorts of letters, phone calls and e-mails at the department. But at lunch recently, I got a unique piece of correspondence — a thank-you note written on a napkin. A couple of staff  members and I were eating at one of my usual lunch spots when a woman walked by and laid […]

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Welcome!

Welcome to In the Field, a blog about the people and programs of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. We hope you find this to be an interesting and candid look at our department and the many ways we serve our state’s number one industry – agriculture. While most people think of the […]

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