Archive for November, 2009

Photos from the Field: Brushy Mountain Apple Festival

The apple is a celebrated fruit in North Carolina, with two different festivals dedicated to the food. North Wilkesboro holds its annual one-day Brushy Mountain Apple Festival in October, when local apple growers set up throughout the festival to sell their apples, apple cider and dried apples. In Hendersonville, each Labor Day is celebrated with […]

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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. “N.C. Turkey gets Obama pardon,” Winston-Salem Journal: President Obama pardoned his first turkey Wednesday, sparing “Courage,” a 45-pound broad-breasted […]

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Ready to decorate? N.C. Christmas tree growers saw one of best seasons ever

For some, the day after Thanksgiving is filled with nearly as many traditions as the holiday itself: Making turkey sandwiches from leftovers, braving Black Friday shopping trips and breaking out red and green holiday decorations. If you’re on the lookout for a Christmas tree, wreath or other holiday greenery, N.C. Christmas tree farmers have you […]

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Tobacco growers approve referendum by landslide

Tobacco growers across the state voted overwhelmingly last week to continue a program that supports tobacco research and education. Ninety-two percent of the growers voted Nov. 19 in favor of The North Carolina Tobacco Research Check-off Referendum. Under the self-assessment program, growers allocate 10 cents per 100 pounds of flue-cured and burley tobacco sold to […]

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Today’s Topic: Pardon us while we talk turkey

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with the Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Monday, Commissioner Troxler took part in the sendoff for two turkeys that will be “pardoned” by President Obama at the White House. This is the 62nd year the National Turkey Federation will present the White House […]

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Photos from the Field: 1966 tobacco board

North Carolina has a rich history of tobacco production, and it remains our state’s largest export crop. N.C. tobacco growers recently reached an agreement with China to provide 52 million pounds of tobacco for the country. The deal was made with China Tobacco International, China’s government-run tobacco company. The sale will increase tobacco sales to […]

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Thank a farmer

Thanksgiving is next week, and I always look forward to spending the holiday with my family (especially now that I have grandchildren to spoil). I’m very thankful for my family and the joy they bring me. Another thing I’m thankful for is the role North Carolina farmers play in putting food on our tables. Our […]

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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. “Tobacco grower learns on the job,” Southeast Farm Press: Since tobacco was deregulated in 2004, the question everyone in […]

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In the Kitchen with Lisa and Brian: Sugar and Spice Pecans

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. PEE-can/pe-KAHN, to-MAY-to/to-MAH-to? Either way you say it, pecans are the nuts of the hour […]

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Three N.C. crops have record yields

North Carolina cotton, peanuts and soybeans posted record yields this year, according to the November crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For cotton and peanut farmers, though, the news is bittersweet because total production is down from last year. Cotton is forecast to have a yield of 921 pounds per acre, surpassing the […]

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