Archive for June, 2010

Senate wins annual milk-chugging contest

It took about a minute for the Senate Speedy Super Sippers to continue their winning streak against the House All-Stars in the annual legislative milk-chugging contest. The event, held at the Legislative Building, occurs each year to raise awareness about North Carolina’s dairy industy. See below for video from today’s competition:    North Carolina has 290 dairy farms with […]

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In the Market: Summer fruits and vegetables

With our In the Market feature, we’ll visit the State Farmers Market with nutrition marketing specialist Freda Butner to learn about nutrition facts, recipe tips and ways to maximize your local-foods shopping experiences across the state. It’s the beginning of summer, and local farmers markets are full of fresh fruits and vegetables. With a large variety […]

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Field Trip: Tagging along on a boarding kennel inspection

Earlier this spring, we had the opportunity to take a Field Trip to find out what an animal welfare inspector looks for when inspecting a boarding kennel. In the video, animal welfare inspector Joe Blomquist takes us on a tour and gives an overview of what inspectors look for at facilities under NCDA&CS jurisdiction. Animal […]

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Photos from the Field: Down on the Farm

The commodity characters shown above were originally used for Down on the Farm, a play created by our Marketing Division in the 1990s to promote N.C. agriculture. Several costumes have fallen into disrepair over the past decade, but some are still used by the department and commodity associations for special events. Most recently, the Suzy Strawberry costume has appeared […]

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News Roundup: June 19-25

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 the full story. “Asheville City Market leads NC EBT sales,” Asheville Citizen-Times: Edward Avalos, United States Department of Agriculture under secretary for marketing […]

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In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Potato salad

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. Summer has begun, and Lisa and Brian will prepare a variety of dishes over the next few weeks in anticipation of Independence Day picnics and backyard barbecues. This week’s segment […]

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Kitchen Sink: Cool chef salad makes a perfect meal for a hot summer day

  Lisa Prince, a marketing specialist and one half of the Got to Be Good Cookin’ weekly recipe segment, will join us on the blog each month with bonus recipes, cooking tips and a behind-the-scenes look at marketing N.C. agricultural products…everything and the kitchen sink.     It is hot, hot, hot outside, which means it is […]

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Today’s Topic: N.C. vegetable exports

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with the Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” North Carolina exported more than $37 million worth of vegetables in 2009. That’s a 34 percent increase over 2008. Sweet potatoes, which are popular in the United Kingdom, accounted for $20 million in exports. North Carolina […]

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International marketing offers online seminars

Our YouTube channel recently took on an international flair, with 19 videos from seminars hosted earlier this year by the NCDA&CS International Marketing Section. Peter Thornton, assistant director for international marketing, wanted to post these videos to share the expertise offered at these seminars. The videos will help answer some of the basic questions often […]

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Photos from the Field: Charlotte Regional Farmers Market

 After more than 25 years of serving the southern Piedmont, the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market continues to be a place where consumers can find locally grown fruits and vegetables from area farmers. Charlotte is one of five farmers markets managed by the N.C. Department of Agiculture and Consumer Services, with others located in Asheville, Colfax, […]

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