Archive for March, 2009

Women in agriculture

Today is the last day of March, which also marks the last day of Women’s History Month. Before the month-long celebration is over, we wanted to honor female farmers and agriculturalists across the state. Women have always played a key role on the development of agriculture education programs, and now the number of women in […]

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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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Agricultural exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History

As Commissioner Troxler will be quick to remind you, North Carolina lost more than 1,000 farms and 600,000 acres of farmland between 2002 and 2007. We’re working hard to reverse those numbers, and the N.C. Museum of History and Asheville photographer Tim Barnwell are helping to put faces and families to these statistics with their […]

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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. “Saving farms,” Asheville Citizen-Times: Many of the benefits of farmland go to people who aren’t farmers, but how many […]

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State FFA officers stop by

The N.C. FFA Association’s 2008-09 state officers stopped by downtown Raleigh Tuesday to meet with Commissioner Troxler, discuss agricultural issues and take a quick tour of the department. The group, all students at N.C. State along with state coordinator Jason Davis, had a wide variety of questions for the Commissioner ranging from biotechnology, the future […]

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Today’s Topic: N.C.’s tobacco industry

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with the Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” This week, Commissioner Troxler will testify before Congress about the challenges facing the tobacco industry.  Listen in as Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda discuss state and national tobacco issues. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] The […]

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In the Kitchen with Valonda and Lisa

Every week WRAL noon anchor Valonda Calloway and our own Lisa Prince feature seasonal recipes in their Got to Be Good Cookin’ segment using ingredients grown and available right here in North Carolina.  We’ll post each video here, along with links to the recipes. Here’s a great recipe from Valonda and Lisa for French toast, […]

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North Carolina apples on the menu in local schools

Sweet and healthy (don’t tell the kids!) apple slices will soon be on the menu at 37 school systems statewide. Shipments of the individual bagged fruit slices will be distributed Monday as part of the Farm to School program.  The fruit comes from C.L. Henderson Produce of Hendersonville, a family-operated business started in 1950. Our Food Distribution […]

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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. “Tell a farmer ‘thank you.’ Today.,” Farm and Dairy: North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler was eating lunch with […]

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Kitchen Sink

Lisa Prince, a marketing specialist and one-half of WRAL’s Got to Be Good Cookin’ weekly recipe segment, will join us on the blog each month with bonus recipes, cooking tips and a behind-the-scenes look at marketing N.C. agricultural products…everything and the kitchen sink. It’s all about N.C. eggs on our WRAL weekly cooking show this […]

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