Archive for July, 2010

News Roundup: July 24-30

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. “Buncombe joins other Western North Carolina counties on drought list; dry weather a ‘disaster’ for Mitchell County farmer,” Asheville Citizen-Times: […]

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In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Veggie bars

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 is a great time of year to enjoy a bounty of fresh, locally grown produce. In this segment, Lisa prepares veggie bars, using a recipe full of […]

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Today’s Topic: Farm tours

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with the Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” This week Rhonda and Commissioner Troxler talk about his upcoming tours of farms in Eastern North Carolina. Commissioner Troxler will be seeing a variety of commodities, including fresh market produce, tobacco, sweet potatoes, peanuts, cut flowers, […]

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See what happens to a soil sample when it comes to the Agronomic lab

Testing your soil is one of the best things you can do for your plants and vegetables. A soil test provides lots of information — what kind of nutrients you need to add to your soil, how much you need to add and how you can improve the production of your plants in a cost-effective and […]

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Photos from the field: Troxler visits Tater Hill Preserve in Watauga County

The department’s Plant Industry Division is involved with many plant conservation efforts throughout the state.  Earlier this year, the division secured grant monies from the Natural Heritage Trust Fund to add acreage to the Tater Hill Preserve, which is the largest preserve in the North Carolina mountains. Among the federally protected plant species at the […]

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News Roundup: July 16-23

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. “Bee nice to your garden; attracting pollinators is crucial to crops,” Wilmington Star-News: Honey bees and other pollinators are essential […]

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In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Broccoli 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. Are you having trouble getting your children to eat fresh broccoli? Brian and Lisa offer a solution with a simple broccoli-salad recipe that is sure […]

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U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk talks ag trade in Cabarrus County

Ambassador Ron Kirk, President Obama’s U.S. trade representative, paid a visit to North Carolina last week to tout the pending free trade agreement with South Korea. If enacted, the agreement could be a boon to North Carolina farmers by expanding a potentially lucrative export market. The president has instructed Kirk to complete the agreement by […]

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Today’s Topic: Food marketing workshops in August

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with the Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” This week Rhonda talks with Commissioner Troxler about two upcoming workshops aimed at helping food entrepreneurs market their products. The August workshops are titled “Making Media Work for Your Food Business.” The first is scheduled for […]

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Getting in shape with N.C. fruits and vegetables

The USDA recommends that each person consume one to three cups of vegetables and one to two cups of fruits on a daily basis. Sometimes it may seem difficult to eat your daily quota, but the abundance and variety of fresh N.C. fruits and vegetables should make it easier. Fresh fruits and vegetables, coupled with regular exercise, are all part of […]

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