Farmers

Today’s Topic: Farm tours

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with the Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” This week Rhonda and Commissioner Troxler talk about his upcoming tours of farms in Eastern North Carolina. Commissioner Troxler will be seeing a variety of commodities, including fresh market produce, tobacco, sweet potatoes, peanuts, cut flowers, […]

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News Roundup: June 26 – July 2

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. Click on the links to go straight to the full story. “June recorded as hottest ever at 2 NC stations,” WRAL-TV: Two weather stations in North Carolina have set in stone […]

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Today’s Topic: Farmers markets

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with the Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Interest in farmers markets seems to be stronger than ever, thanks in part to the momentum of the buy-local food movement. More and more people are interested in knowing where their food comes from, and they’re […]

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Today’s Topic: Prepare for hurricane season

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with the Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and continues through Nov. 30, and forecasts call for a potentially busy season. North Carolina is all-too familiar with hurricanes. Storms such as Fran, Floyd and Isabelle are notorious […]

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Today’s Topic: The gift of agriculture

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with the Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” During the season of giving, it’s appropriate to think about the gifts provided by North Carolina agriculture. North Carolina produces an amazing number of commodities, and when we decorate for the holidays or sit down to […]

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Thank a farmer

Thanksgiving is next week, and I always look forward to spending the holiday with my family (especially now that I have grandchildren to spoil). I’m very thankful for my family and the joy they bring me. Another thing I’m thankful for is the role North Carolina farmers play in putting food on our tables. Our […]

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Federal program provides funding for hog lagoon conversion; application deadline is June 26

A new state-federal initiative makes funding available to swine farmers who switch from hog lagoons to a more environmentally friendly and innovative waste management system. The Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative creates a partnership between the state Division of Soil and Water Conservation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The initiative is […]

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No matter the punctuation, farmers markets mean fresh N.C. produce

Recently, I was writing a news release about a program that enables farmers markets in 12 N.C. counties to accept electronic payment cards from customers who are in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  As I looked at the list of participating markets, I noticed that there’s a bit of variety in the term “farmers […]

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Farms and power lines

According to Progress Energy, its Carolinas service area alone has 6,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines. Transmission lines are the interstate highways of the electricity delivery system, usually transporting power at between 100,000 and 500,000 volts. Many of America’s transmission lines cross farmland, and there are precautions row-crop and livestock farmers can take to keep […]

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News Roundup

Each week we’ll round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from newspapers across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to each paper’s full story. “Farms find niche, sell directly to consumers,” WRAL: With fewer farms statewide, more farmers are trying to set their […]

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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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News Roundup

Each week we’ll round up the latest N.C. agriculture headlines from newspapers across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to each paper’s full story. “State stops trucks on I-77 to check for fire ants,” Winston-Salem Journal:  The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer […]

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