Christmas trees

N.C. tree shines as center of White House Christmas decor

N.C. tree shines as center of White House Christmas decor

A Christmas tree from North Carolina is now on display as the official White House Christmas tree and the centerpiece of the home’s Christmas decorations. The Fraser fir from Peak Farms in Ashe County is in the Blue Room. First Lady Dr. Jill Biden officially revealed the decorated tree along with the other White House […]

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Regional Agronomists provide April crop updates

With a long, wet winter and now Easter behind us, field work and land preparation for the 2021 crop is in full swing. With the soils drying out over the past week, many acres have been tilled and/or burndown herbicides have been applied to row crop acres. There are still low-lying and/or poorly drained areas […]

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News Roundup: Dec 1 – 7

News Roundup: Dec 1 – 7

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “We waste a lot of food. These people are doing something about it.” News & Observer: Oddly shaped produce can make for a fun conversation. But most produce that doesn’t […]

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News Roundup: Nov. 11-16

News Roundup: Nov. 11-16

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “Amid salmonella outbreak, experts say NC turkeys are safe to eat this Thanksgiving,” WRAL: With one week to go before Thanksgiving, many are wondering if turkey is safe to eat.  The concerns […]

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News Roundup: Aug. 18 – 24

News Roundup: Aug. 18 – 24

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “A new Bayer era: Who farmers call for seed, chemical purchases,” Southeast Farm Press: As farmers start making buying decisions for the 2019 growing season, it will be business as […]

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News Roundup: Dec. 16-22

News Roundup: Dec. 16-22

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “Thieves fooled by hemp in farmer’s field,” Southeast Farm Press: Back in September, industrial hemp made the news in eastern North Carolina when five Edgecombe County men were arrested for […]

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News Roundup: Dec. 9 – 15

News Roundup: Dec. 9 – 15

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “INCREASED FOCUS ON SENECAVIRUS A IN SWINE,” Southern Farm Network: (Audio)Animal health officials are conducting more tests related to a relatively low-impact swine disease which symptoms mimic a major disease […]

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News Roundup: Dec. 2 -8

News Roundup: Dec. 2 -8

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “Jerome Vick honored with Tobacco Great award,” Wilson Times: Wilson County farmer Jerome Vick told about 250 tobacco farmers to “never give up.” Vick was presented with a prestigious Tobacco […]

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Today’s Topic: Shop early for NC Christmas Trees and Poinsettias

Today’s Topic: Shop early for NC Christmas Trees and Poinsettias

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Consumers can count on North Carolina farmers to make the Christmas holidays festive. The state is the second-leading producer in the country of both Christmas trees and poinsettias. Listen to N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler talk to the Southern […]

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News Roundup: Nov. 23-Dec. 1

News Roundup: Nov. 23-Dec. 1

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. “A Sweet Potato Tale,” UNC-TV: (Video) Find out how North Carolina became a sweet potato-producing powerhouse. Producer Frank Graff follows sweet potatoes from farms in North Carolina to restaurants in […]

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How the Bug Stole Christmas: Balsam woolly adelgid and America’s favorite Christmas tree

How the Bug Stole Christmas: Balsam woolly adelgid and America’s favorite Christmas tree

  The most popular Christmas tree in the U.S. is a tree native to the mountains of western North Carolina.  Often called the “Cadillac of Christmas trees” and dubbed the “Nation’s Best” by the National Christmas Tree Association, Fraser fir is beloved for its exceptional aroma, unparalleled needle retention, strong yet flexible branches (for those […]

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