Today’s Topic: The N.C. State Fair is a celebration of agriculture

By on October 15, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.”

State Fair week is upon us. Commissioner Troxler calls it his favorite time of year because the event brings so much joy. It is also an opportunity to showcase North Carolina’s No. 1 industry, agriculture.

Commissioner Troxler discusses the new tobacco barn, tobacco stringing competition, mock auction and Sale of Champions with Mike Davis.

New tobacco barn in Heritage Circle at the N.C. State Fair

Make plans now to attend the 2019 N.C. State Fair Oct. 17-27

By on October 9, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The N.C. State Fair is just around the corner and fairgoers still have time to save money by buying their tickets in

Several grants available for NC farmers and rural communities

By on October 7, 2019

Fall is traditionally called “harvest season,” but it’s also grant season for several agricultural organizations in North Carolina. That means farmers and others could get thousands of dollars to help with projects on the farm and in the surrounding rural

Nature preserves help protect rare species

By on September 30, 2019

Standing on a rock face on top of a mountain tucked away in Western North Carolina, Lesley Starke looks for a flower. Starke, Plant Conservation Program Manager with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, is not after

Strawberry Habanero Pepper Jelly wows judges at Specialty Foods Association competition

By on September 26, 2019

The 2019 N.C. Specialty Foods Association held it’s annual competition Aug. 28 and 29. Strawberry Habanero Pepper Jelly made by Valley Brook Farms of Durham was named Grand Champion. Almost 100 products competed in nine different categories. Categories were: Baked

Commissioner Troxler: Farmers and compounded stress

By on September 18, 2019

Farmer stress is something that has been on my mind a lot lately. Particularly as I have been meeting with farmers and farm groups across the state. In talking with farmers, I see the worry on their faces and feel

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Today’s Topic: Hurricane Dorian

By on September 17, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Commissioner Troxler discusses agricultural damage caused by Hurricane Dorian. Initial damages point to losses in corn, tobacco, beans and cotton. Fortunately, losses

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Sept. 15-21 is National Farm Safety and Health Week

By on September 16, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Sept. 15-21 is National Farm Safety and Health Week, and it is a good reminder that stressful times can add to the

Hurricane Dorian & Our Trees: Minor Immediate Impact, Implications for Long-term Impacts to Tree Health

By on September 11, 2019

After devastating the Bahamas and other Caribbean Islands before turning north and skirting the eastern U.S. coast, Hurricane Dorian made landfall on Cape Hatteras in North Carolina on Sept. 6, 2019 as a Category 1 storm. A four-to-seven-foot storm surge

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Today’s Topic: September is Wine and Grape Month; North Carolina has a lot to celebrate

By on September 4, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” September is recognized in North Carolina as Wine and Grape month, which coincides with the traditional time of grape harvest. Many wineries