Archive for April, 2009

H1N1 Flu Outbreak and N.C. agriculture

I’ve got to admit that I’ve been a little frustrated this week as I’ve read all the news reports about the H1N1 influenza outbreak that continues to be called “swine” flu.  I’ve been working with my counterparts in the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture to get a federal declaration on the official name […]

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Judge for yourself: Best Dish in NC contest judging begins

The finalists in this year’s Best Dish in NC restaurant contest were recently named and have been posted to the Best Dish Web site. I recently scrolled through the pictures of the dishes in the Fine and Casual dining categories and thought to myself, “wow, I want to be a judge.” I even mentioned it […]

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Strawberry Day at the State Farmers Market

Strawberry shortcake, strawberry cheesecake, strawberry cupcakes, strawberry cobbler, strawberry ice cream, strawberries and cream… I could go on, but I’m getting hungry. It’s officially strawberry season and the red fruit is being celebrated at Thursday’s Strawberry Day at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You’ll find free samples and […]

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Today’s Topic: Water Resource Policy Act of 2009

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with the Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” This week, Rhonda and Commissioner Troxler discuss the “Water Resource Policy Act of 2009,” a piece of legislation that says that all waters in the state are owned by the state, including ponds that farmers build […]

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Kitchen Sink: Lisa Prince offers up bonus country style steak recipe

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. Beef, it’s what’s for dinner! That’s right, this month’s extra recipe is […]

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The value of farmland goes beyond money, study suggests

For several years now, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler has been pushing for the preservation of farmland in North Carolina, saying that its value goes beyond dollars and cents. A study released by UNC-Asheville suggests he’s right. The Farmland Values Project collected, analyzed and communicated the many values that people have for farmland in four Western […]

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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. “NC agriculture commissioner speaks about food aid,” Fayetteville Observer: North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is highlighting the ways […]

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Five free (or almost free) things produce growers need to develop international markets

From local roadside stands to international markets, North Carolina produce and agricultural products are in demand. Peter Thorton heads up our international marketing office, which helps bridge the gap between international buyers and N.C. suppliers of agricultural commodities, value-added foods and forest products. These international relationships help boost farm prices and income, while supporting jobs […]

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Agronomic friendly Earth Day tips

The world celebrates Earth Day today, and in the spirit of respecting and protecting our natural resources, it’s a good time to offer up some tips we can all use to lessen our impact on the Earth. Our Agronomic Division processes soil and other tests to help farmers and backyard gardeners alike determine what is […]

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Today’s Topic: N.C. Museum of History photo exhibition

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with the Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” This week, Rhonda and Commissioner Troxler discuss “On Earth’s Furrowed Brow,” an agricultural photo exhibition open now at the N.C. Museum of History in downtown Raleigh. Commissioner touches on the importance of documenting the state’s agricultural […]

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