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Today’s Topic: Food Safety Forum coming up Aug. 28. Register now to attend.

By on August 20, 2019

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

The 15th Annual Food Safety Forum is coming up Aug. 28 at the Scott Building at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. There is still time to register to attend.

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Happy 75th Birthday Smokey Bear

By on August 9, 2019

One of America’s most iconic bears celebrated his 75th birthday Friday. Visitors to the N.C. Museum of Natural Science’s Nature Research Center were able to learn a little about the real Smokey Bear and his message of preventing unintentional forest

Plates Kitchen focuses on local produce, old- school recipes

By on August 8, 2019

In recognition of National Farmers Market Week Aug. 4-10, we are highlighting a local chef who makes the State Farmers Market in Raleigh a regular stop for his restaurant shopping list. For Jake Wood, executive chef at Plates Kitchen, cooking

Have Fungus, Will Travel: Tree-killing disease jumps to Tennessee and Kentucky

By on August 7, 2019

An unwelcome sight has plagued our coastal forests for years now. Dead redbay trees line the roadways and mar our coastal forests in southeastern N.C. These trees are dead because of an invader—a non-native fungus carried from tree to tree

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Today’s Topic: Recent farm accidents are reminders to work safely on the farm.

By on August 6, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” A couple of recent stories about farming accidents is a reminder of how dangerous agricultural jobs can be, and that farmer and

Today’s Topic: Ag Sciences Center reaches the half-way mark in construction

By on July 31, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The last steel beam was put in place on the Ag Sciences Center July 25 as work on the site reaches the

Easements help provide peace of mind for farmers with strong connections to the land

By on July 30, 2019

In three decades working the land of his family’s Chatham County farm, Lin Andrew has never seen change quite like in the last five years. It is those changes, and the uncertainty they bring, that led Andrew to be one

Christmas in July: Tiny Christmas tree seedlings being researched to be field ready sooner

By on July 26, 2019

If you look closely, the Upper Mountain Research Station in Laurel Springs is starting to take on the look of Christmas. Hundreds of tiny Frazer Fir Christmas tree seedlings are growing under the watchful eyes of research station staff. The

Ag Sciences Center celebrates topping off ceremony

By on July 25, 2019

The new North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Ag Sciences Center passed a major milestone Thursday, as workers and NCDA&CS personnel celebrated the building’s “topping off” ceremony. Gathered at the building’s construction site at the corner of Reedy

Recipe: Peach on the Atlantic Beach Pie

By on July 25, 2019

We’re sharing a sweet dish that is a famous N.C. recipe that might help in this heat wave. Wendy Perry, Culinary Adverturist and Home Economist, has passed along this recipe and a few tips on how to make it. “You