From the Commissioner

FSMA Files: State and national ag leaders participate in on-farm readiness review demonstration

FSMA Files: State and national ag leaders participate in on-farm readiness review demonstration

The federal Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law in January 2011. This act represents significant and historic change in food regulation and addresses every aspect of food production from farm to fork. Below Commissioner Steve Troxler discusses FSMA and the On Farm Readiness Reviews.  Recently the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services […]

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From the Commissioner: Thanksgiving and agriculture

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and like many of you, I will be enjoying the day with family and friends around a home-cooked meal. This holiday season I am thankful for farmers and what they provide to our state. As you sit down to your meal, there’s a good chance what you are eating was grown by […]

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Commissioner Troxler: Celebrating small farms

This past week has been a big one for ag awareness in our state. We have celebrated National Ag Day, Ag Awareness Week and N.C. A&T State University’s Small Farms Week. On Wednesday I had the honor of attending a luncheon honoring small farmers and recognizing Ryan Wiebe of Burnsville in Yancey County, who was […]

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Restored Polk House is lasting legacy to agriculture advocate

Yesterday I had the honor of speaking at a ceremony commemorating the opening of the L.L. Polk House in Raleigh. Many North Carolinians probably don’t know much about Leonidas LaFayette Polk, but he was instrumental in standing up for agriculture in North Carolina during the latter half of the 19th century. Polk grew up in Anson […]

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NCDA&CS, Marines working together for common goals

For a while now, our staff has been working with the U.S. Marine Corps on a unique partnership. The Marine Corps is interested in creating buffers around its bases and training zones so that Marines can continue to train without bothering homes, businesses and schools. For example, Marine pilots have to practice a variety of […]

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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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Christmas at NCDA&CS

[FieldNotes]DEmlPYb4CZY[/FieldNotes] Note: If video doesn’t appear, try refreshing your browser. The lobby of the Agriculture Building is fragrant with the smell of a North Carolina-grown Fraser Fir. Watch the above video to check out the department’s Christmas tree, hear a holiday greeting from Commissioner Troxler and listen to Silent Night, sung by Assistant Commissioner Dr. […]

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