Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler

Today’s Topic: Emerging root-knot nematode threatens sweet potatoes

Today’s Topic: Emerging root-knot nematode threatens sweet potatoes

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Sweet potato growers should be aware of an emerging root-knot nematode that has been identified in fields in Eastern North Carolina. The nematode’s Latin name is Meloidogyne enterolobii, but it’s also known as the pacara earpod. It has been […]

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Today’s Topic: Celebrate agriculture at Got to Be NC Festival May 19-21

Today’s Topic: Celebrate agriculture at Got to Be NC Festival May 19-21

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The Got to Be NC Festival makes its annual appearance at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh May 19-21. Admission and parking are free. Several new attractions have been added to the festival’s annual celebration of N.C. agriculture: The […]

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Today’s Topic: NC wins federal grant to protect farms, forests, military training

Today’s Topic: NC wins federal grant to protect farms, forests, military training

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has secured $9.2 million in federal funding to protect farm and forest lands from development and help the military maintain its training. The grant, from the Defense Department’s Readiness […]

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Today’s Topic: Field days are learning opportunities for farmers

Today’s Topic: Field days are learning opportunities for farmers

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Spring is a very busy time on the farm, but it also offers educational opportunities for farmers. Several field days are coming up in the next couple of months, offering farmers a chance to talk with researchers […]

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Today’s Topic: Soil tests can help homeowners manage fertility in warm-season grasses

Today’s Topic: Soil tests can help homeowners manage fertility in warm-season grasses

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Farmers are accustomed to using soil tests to help them determine their crops’ nutrient needs. Homeowners can benefit from the tests, too. The NCDA&CS Agronomic Services Division’s soil testing lab also provides tests of residential soil samples. […]

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Today’s Topic: April is Plant Pest Awareness Month

Today’s Topic: April is Plant Pest Awareness Month

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” April is National Plant Pest Awareness Month, which is intended to educate the public about the threat that certain insects, plant diseases and weeds pose to crops, forests and the environment. The NCDA&CS Plant Industry Division works […]

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Today’s Topic: NC marks 1st anniversary of using FieldWatch programs to protect bees and crops

Today’s Topic: NC marks 1st anniversary of using FieldWatch programs to protect bees and crops

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” A year ago this month, North Carolina became the 14th state to partner with FieldWatch, an online mapping service designed to help prevent crop damage and bee deaths from accidental or unintended pesticide drift. The BeeCheck and DriftWatch […]

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Today’s Topic: NC farmers say they will plant more cotton, peanuts, soybeans, wheat in 2017

Today’s Topic: NC farmers say they will plant more cotton, peanuts, soybeans, wheat in 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” North Carolina farmers intend to plant more cotton, peanuts, soybeans and wheat this year, according to USDA’s Prospective Plantings report. Farmers expect to plant fewer acres of corn, sweet potatoes and flue-cured tobacco, the report said. From […]

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Today’s Topic: On-farm readiness reviews help farmers get ready for new federal food safety rules

Today’s Topic: On-farm readiness reviews help farmers get ready for new federal food safety rules

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is taking part in a program to help produce farmers get ready for new federal food safety requirements. North Carolina is among a handful of states that are piloting […]

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Today’s Topic: Small Farms Week

Today’s Topic: Small Farms Week

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” For 31 years, the Cooperative Extension program at N.C. A&T State University has highlighted North Carolina’s small farms with Small Farms Week. It’s an annual observance of small-scale agriculture and the farmers who make it happen. The USDA […]

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Today’s Topic: NC Ag Awareness Day

Today’s Topic: NC Ag Awareness Day

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Bruce Ferrell subs for Rhonda this week and talks to Commissioner Troxler about the 2017 Ag Awareness Day at the Legislature. Farmers and agribusiness professionals will be coming to Raleigh to celebrate the importance of agriculture to North […]

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Today’s Topic: NC’s industrial hemp pilot program now accepting applications

Today’s Topic: NC’s industrial hemp pilot program now accepting applications

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Temporary rules are now in place for the state’s industrial hemp research pilot program. The N.C. Industrial Hemp Commission adopted the rules in February and they’ve also been approved by the state Rules Review Commission. With the rules […]

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