Archive for August, 2009

Crops growing at Oxford research station hold biofuels potential

North Carolina has a strategic goal of having 10 percent of its liquid fuel come from locally grown and produced biofuels by the year 2017. Today in Oxford, the public and the press got a glimpse of crops that hold the key to meeting that goal. The Biofuels Center of North Carolina played host to […]

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Photos from the Field: Piles of Soil Samples

Soil testing is one service the NCDA&CS Agronomic Division offers for farmers and consumers, which allows for hobby gardeners and larger farm operations alike to figure out the right amount of lime and fertilizer for optimum yield and environmental protection. By November, which is when this photo was likely taken, the lab will be well […]

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News Roundup

Each week we’ll round up the latest N.C. agricultural 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. “UNCG nutritionist seeks family for locavore makeover,” Greensboro News & Record: Wanted: Greensboro family whose meals consist mostly of […]

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In the Kitchen with Lisa and Brian: Cucumbers and Onions

WRAL reporter Brian Shrader 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. This week, Lisa and Brian are still using N.C. vegetables to create easy and […]

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Visiting farms, aquaculture operations in Eastern N.C.

I recently visited several farms in eastern North Carolina to see what farmers are doing and listen to their concerns. We visited Bertie, Chowan, Gates, Beaufort, Craven and Pitt counties. We covered a lot of miles and a lot of topics in three days, including environmental regulations, water resources, the cost of fertilizer and other […]

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‘NCAgriculture’ Flickr group

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is on Flickr, and we recently created a specific “NCAgriculture” Flickr group for Flickr users to tag their favorite N.C. agriculture photos. We’ll tag the photos we put on our Flickr page in this group, and we invite you to do the same. The “N.C. agriculture” group encompasses […]

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Today’s Topic: Changes in food safety officials

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with the Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Last week Commissioner Troxler hosted the fifth annual Food Safety Forum, and about 400 people were able to attend. It was a great program featuring national and local speakers, talking about a wide range of food […]

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New buildings at WNC Ag Center about ready for 2009 N.C. Mountain State Fair

There’s a lot of activity at the Western N.C. Agricultural Center in Fletcher, what with the staff getting ready for the 2009 N.C. Mountain State Fair (opening Sept. 11) and construction crews finishing work on two new buildings on the property. The Mountain Heritage Center is a 12,000 square-foot log building that will house artists […]

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News Roundup

Each week we’ll round up the latest N.C. agricultural 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. “North Carolina and the raw milk controversy,” Examiner.com. Raw milk, or milk that has not been pasteurized or homogenized, […]

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In the Kitchen with Lisa and Brian: Green bean casserole

WRAL reporter Brian Shrader 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. This week’s In the Kitchen with Lisa and Brian has a special guest, if […]

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