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New fairgrounds building made of N.C. native wood now bears name of ‘Renaissance man’ who managed construction

The newest building at the N.C. State Fair now has its official name. During the 2021 fair, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced the name at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and with that announcement he surprised the man who supervised the building’s construction. The building was completed just before the 2021 fair, and Troxler revealed the name […]

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Thankful for lower prices for Thanksgiving meals

According to the  American Farm Bureau Federation’s 33rd annual survey of traditional Thanksgiving dishes, the average cost of this year’s meal for 10 individuals is $48.90, which is a 22-cent decrease from the $49.12 average last year. “Since 2015, the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner has declined steadily and is now at the lowest level […]

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Ronald W. Simmons Jr. is the 2018 North Carolina Small Farmer of the Year

Last week, the Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University celebrated its 32nd annual Small Farms Week. The event celebrates the contributions of small-scale producers in North Carolina who generate $250,000 or less annually in agricultural gross sales. This year’s theme was “Small Farms, Big Impact.” That statement is certainly true in North Carolina. […]

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Outstanding NCDA&CS employees honored

During a recent meeting in Raleigh, Chief Deputy Commissioner N. David Smith honored NCDA&CS employees for their outstanding achievements, commitment and service to the department. Dr. Jimmy Tickel and Mark Howell received the December 2017 Employees of the Month Award, Dalton Buchanan was honored as the 2017 Employee of the Year and N.C. Forest Service […]

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