Archive for December, 2009

Century Farms Program celebrates 100 years of continuous family ownership

In 2010, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Century Farm Program will celebrate its 40th year — a milestone, but one significantly shorter than the program’s focus. The Century Farm Program started in 1970 at the N.C. State Fair with a push to find and honor farms that had been in continuous family ownership […]

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Today’s Topic: Understanding price risk management

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with the Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will be hosting seven free price-risk management workshops across the state aimed at helping farmers better understand the futures market and other trading options to sell their commodities. […]

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Christmas at NCDA&CS

Note: If video doesn’t appear, try refreshing your browser. The lobby of the Agriculture Building is fragrant with the smell of a North Carolina-grown Fraser Fir. Watch the above video to check out the department’s Christmas tree, hear a holiday greeting from Commissioner Troxler and listen to Silent Night, sung by Assistant Commissioner Dr. Richard […]

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Photos From the Field: Ho, Ho, Ho

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Today’s Topic: The gift of agriculture

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with the Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” During the season of giving, it’s appropriate to think about the gifts provided by North Carolina agriculture. North Carolina produces an amazing number of commodities, and when we decorate for the holidays or sit down to […]

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Now that we have an understanding…

This month, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services took steps to formalize agreements with N.C. State University and N.C. A & T State University regarding the joint operation of the state’s 18 research stations. Commissioner Troxler met with Dr. Dean McDowell, dean of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at NCA&T earlier […]

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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. “Workshops on futures offered to farmers,” Asheville Citizen-Times: The N.C. Department of Agriculture will host seven free workshops for […]

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In the Kitchen with Lisa and Brian: Chocolate-covered Peanuts

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. Looking for an easy, last-minute gift idea that uses a North Carolina product available […]

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Mailbag: Airport scales inspections

My friend traveled to Jamaica two weeks ago. Before going to the airport, we weighed her suitcase on two separate scales and they both read 49 lbs. When weighed at the ticket counter she was told that she was 8 lbs. overweight. Who checks these scales and certifies them? – P.S. With the huge influx […]

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Today’s Topic: N.C. agricultural statistics

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with the Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Every year, the NCDA&CS Statistics Division, working with USDA, releases a yearbook of statistics about N.C. agriculture. The new book is out and contains some interesting numbers. For example, in 2008, North Carolina farmers had more […]

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