Archive for October, 2009

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. “N.C. State Fair breaks attendance records,” Triangle Business Journal: N.C. State Fair officials say this year’s fair broke records […]

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NCDA&CS putting agronomic reports online to save postage, paper

Starting Nov. 1, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will no longer routinely mail out paper copies of agronomic reports. This policy will apply to reports for soil tests and nematode assays, as well as plant tissue, waste, solution and soilless media analyses. All these reports are readily available through the NCDA&CS Agronomic […]

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‘Got to Be NC Food Safety’ initiative answers your food safety questions

If you’ve ever wondered how long leftovers last in the refrigerator or the exact temperature at which a hamburger is fully cooked, our Food and Drug Protection Division  has created three new ways for you to find answers to food safety questions. Consumers can call the toll-free number (877) FOOD-644 (877-366-3644) from 8 a.m. to […]

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Today’s Topic: State Fair wrap-up

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with the Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler talks with Rhonda Garrison about highlights from the 2009 N.C. State Fair. Listen in as Commissioner Troxler talks about the Fair and its record-setting attendance. [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

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Chinese tobacco buyers get a taste of the State Fair

Asian visitors to the N.C. State Fair are becoming a tradition. Last year, Japan’s ambassador to the U.S. visited. Saturday, a group of 22 Chinese tobacco buyers toured the Fair. The group has been in North Carolina for almost a week, meeting with representatives of U.S. Tobacco Cooperative and others involved in exporting N.C. tobacco […]

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Food and Drug Protection Division spins the wheel at the N.C. State Fair

On Thursday at the N.C. State Fair, I stopped by the Food & Drug Protection Division’s booth in the Expo Building. Representatives from the division were out to encourage food safety awareness and give away some fun prizes to fairgoers. This division is responsible for the inspection of food manufacturing facilities, wholesale food operations and […]

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As seen on TV: Peter Thornton talks ag exports

The value of North Carolina’s agricultural exports topped $3 billion for the first time last year. Peter Thornton, NCDA&CS assistant director for international marketing, recently sat down for an interview with UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Now” to discuss the reasons behind the increased exports. You can watch the video by clicking on this link: http://flash.unctv.org/ncnow/ncn_pthorton_101509.html.

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Step right up and find out how much you weigh!

The N.C. State Fair is a large undertaking by the department, with many divisions participating in a variety of exhibits and displays. Their goal is to share with visitors ways the department works for them. The department’s Standards Division display always attracts attention at the Fair. It’s the booth in the Education Building where people can hop […]

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Today’s Topic: 4-H Centennial Celebration

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with the Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” From humble beginnings in northeastern North Carolina as corn-growing clubs, North Carolina 4-H has grown into the largest youth development program in the state, serving 239,000 young people. Listen in as Commissioner Troxler talks with Rhonda […]

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Three inducted into N.C. State Fair Livestock Hall of Fame

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler inducted three longtime livestock supporters into the N.C. State Fair Livestock Hall of Fame Sunday, Oct. 18, at the fairgrounds. The ceremony honored each person’s outstanding contributions to State Fair supporter, horse and swine programs. Inducted were Leon Brickhouse of Elizabeth City, Gregory Peele of Pikeville and the late Linda Champion, […]

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