Archive for March, 2010

Field Trip: Sen. Bob Martin Eastern Ag Center gains 152 stalls with addition of new horse barn

Durward Taylor is a happy fellow. The Sen. Bob Martin Eastern Ag Center in Williamston, which he manages, recently opened a new horse barn unit that increases the center’s capacity. The new barn has 152 stalls, bringing total capacity to 456. That will enable the center to book larger horse shows and allow existing shows […]

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N.C. A&T honors Orange County prawn producer as Small Farmer of the Year

Last week, I had the privilege of meeting Joe Thompson, who went from growing tobacco to growing freshwater prawns on his farm in northern Orange County.  Thompson was honored March 24 with the 2010 Gilmer L. and Clara Y. Dudley Small Farmer of the Year Award from N.C. A&T State University. Joe is among a […]

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Today’s Topic: North Carolina’s feral hog problem

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with the Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” North Carolina has a problem with feral hogs. These hogs forage in the wild and can have an impact on just about every aspect of a farming operation. They damage crops, fields, wildlife habitat, game lands […]

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N.C. Century Farms subject of an Arts and Science Council of N.C. project

Three North Carolina Century Farms are the subject of paintings by Kannapolis artist Walter Stanford thanks to a grant supported by the N.C. Arts Council, the Blumenthal Endowment and the arts councils in Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford and Stanly counties, and York, S.C.   Stanford has finished 17 pieces in pastels […]

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News Roundup: March 20-26

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets 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. “Joining a CSA supports fresh, local produce and its producers,” Wilmington Star-News: Do you want fresh local produce […]

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Agriculture and social media: Delivering the department’s news in the 21st century

The Internet has definitely changed the way we deliver our news. When I first joined the Public Affairs Division in 1996, our news releases were faxed out at the time of release to about 300 media outlets. The fax machine would beep and buzz all afternoon sending the news across the state and beyond. We […]

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In the Kitchen with Lisa and Brian: Kelcey’s Roast Beef Sandwich

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. Brian and Lisa continue their month-long exploration of savory sandwiches with a recipe from anchorwoman Kelcey Carlson. Her mouth-watering recipe includes roast beef, havarti cheese, roasted walnuts […]

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Contractor on NCDA&CS project honored by State Building Commission

The State Building Commission recently honored designers and contractors for outstanding achievement in state construction projects, and one of the companies has a connection to the NCDA&CS. Perry Bartsch Jr. Construction Co.  of Asheville received a Certificate of Merit for its work on the Virginia C. Boone Mountain Heritage Center at the WNC Agricultural Center […]

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Today’s Topic: Wildlife damage to crops

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with the Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Wildlife caused $29.4 million in damage to N.C. field crops last year, according to a report from the N.C. Agricultural Statistics Division. Wildlife damaged $19 million worth of soybeans, $5.6 million worth of corn, and $4.8 […]

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Some N.C. farmers eligible for disaster assistance

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has designated much of Eastern North Carolina as a disaster area after excessive rain and flooding in recent months caused significant crop losses.  The designation allows eligible farmers to be considered for Farm Service Agency emergency loans and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program. Thirteen North Carolina counties were […]

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