Rhonda Garrison

Today’s Topic: Farmers markets hitting peak season

Today’s Topic: Farmers markets hitting peak season

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” National Farmers Market Week is Aug. 6-12, but there are plenty of reasons to celebrate the state’s farmers markets year-round. The NCDA&CS operates markets in Raleigh, Charlotte, Asheville and Colfax, which is just west of Greensboro. These […]

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Today’s Topic: It’s almost time to sign up for NC State Fair competitions

Today’s Topic: It’s almost time to sign up for NC State Fair competitions

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” If you’re interested in entering a competition at the 2017 N.C. State Fair, it’s almost time to start signing up. Online registration for the competitions opens Aug. 1. To celebrate the 150th N.C. State Fair, several competitions will […]

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Today’s Topic: 28 receive NC State Fair youth livestock scholarships for 2017-18 school year

Today’s Topic: 28 receive NC State Fair youth livestock scholarships for 2017-18 school year

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” It won’t be long before young folks are starting a new year of college. And 28 North Carolina students will be getting some financial help through the N.C. State Fair Youth Livestock Scholarship Program. The scholarships are […]

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Today’s Topic: NC farmers plant more cotton, peanuts this year

Today’s Topic: NC farmers plant more cotton, peanuts this year

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” North Carolina farmers are planting more cotton and peanuts this year, according to USDA’s latest crop acreage report. Cotton acreage is forecast to reach 360,000 acres this year, 29 percent more than a year ago. The forecast also […]

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Today’s Topic: Consumers are important, too

Today’s Topic: Consumers are important, too

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” July marks a milestone for the NCDA&CS. Until 20 years ago, the department was known simply as the N.C. Department of Agriculture (NCDA for short). But that all changed in July 1997 when then-Agriculture Commissioner Jim Graham […]

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Today’s Topic: Industrial hemp being planted under NC’s pilot program

Today’s Topic: Industrial hemp being planted under NC’s pilot program

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” North Carolina’s goal of having an industrial hemp crop this year is being achieved. More than 60 farmers have had permits approved by the N.C. Industrial Hemp Commission, and they have begun planting the crop. Even with […]

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Today’s Topic: 2017 Census of Agriculture is coming

Today’s Topic: 2017 Census of Agriculture is coming

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The USDA will begin collecting data for the 2017 Census of Agriculture later this year, and there are some changes this time around. This year, the census will include a question about farmers who are active-duty or […]

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Today’s Topic: NC horse owners should have animals vaccinated against EEE

Today’s Topic: NC horse owners should have animals vaccinated against EEE

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Note: This week, State Veterinarian Doug Meckes fills in for Commissioner Troxler. Summer is here, which means it’s mosquito season in North Carolina, which could spell trouble for owners of horses, donkeys and mules. Summer is typically […]

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Today’s Topic: Four NC greenhouses among top 100 in US

Today’s Topic: Four NC greenhouses among top 100 in US

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” North Carolina is well-represented in Greenhouse Grower magazine’s rankings of the top 100 growers in America. Four North Carolina greenhouse and nursery operations were among the top 100: Metrolina Greenhouses of Huntersville, No. 6. Van Wingerden International […]

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Today’s Topic: Hurricane season is here

Today’s Topic: Hurricane season is here

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Hurricane season begins June 1, and Commissioner Troxler says it’s time for farmers to get ready for it. Researchers at N.C. State University say this year will be in line with the overall averages since 1950; the […]

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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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