Archive for Today’s Topic on Southern Farm Network

Today’s Topic: Federal grants will support specialty-crop sector

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The 2014 farm bill increased funding for the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to $72.5 million, which should lead to an increase in money allocated to North Carolina. The federal program aims to enhance the competitiveness […]

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Today’s Topic: NCDA&CS provides funding for Hemlock Restoration Initiative

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Hemlock trees across Western North Carolina are being devastated by the hemlock woolly adelgid, an insect that sucks the sap of young twigs, which leads to tree death. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is […]

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Today’s Topic: It’s National Ag Day

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Today is National Ag Day, a day to think about the importance of agriculture in America. “Every day in the United States is Ag Day when you think about it,” Commissioner Troxler says, adding that agriculture provides […]

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Today’s Topic: Bioenergy research grants available

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative is seeking grant proposals focused on research and development of agricultural and forestry-based feedstocks for bioenergy production. A total of $500,000 in competitive grants is available and the application deadline is March […]

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Today’s Topic: Spring wildfire season

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” This time of year, many people get back into their yards to do spring cleaning, which often includes burning leaves and yard debris. Commissioner Troxler encourages residents to think safety first because this time of year also […]

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Today’s Topic: Tissue sampling can help determine wheat’s nitrogen needs

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Spring officially starts later this month, which means it’s a good time of year to test wheat for nitrogen. Applying nitrogen at the right time in spring is essential to the growth and development of wheat. Using […]

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Today’s Topic: What the Census of Agriculture shows about N.C.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The USDA has released preliminary results of its 2012 Census of Agriculture, and Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda talk about North Carolina’s numbers. “Unfortunately, the census showed that North Carolina lost 2,700 farms between 2007 and 2012,” Troxler […]

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Today’s Topic: Finally, a farm bill

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Congress gave final approval to a new five-year farm bill last week, and President Obama has signed it. This legislation is long overdue, and it finally gives farmers a clear picture of federal agricultural policy for the […]

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Today’s Topic: Early-bird registration for Aquaculture Conference ends Feb. 13

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The North Carolina Aquaculture Development Conference is coming up Feb. 20-22 in New Bern, and if you sign up by Feb. 13, you’ll save money on registration. The conference typically draws more than 200 fish farmers, scientists […]

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Today’s Topic: Ag Development Forum, Southern Farm Show coming up

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” It’s almost time for two annual events at the State Fairgrounds: the Southern Farm Show and the Ag Development Forum. The Southern Farm Show is a winter tradition at the fairgrounds, and this year it takes place […]

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