Archive for June, 2011

Farmers planting more acres of cotton, sweet potatoes, tobacco this year

North Carolina farmers are planting more acres of cotton, tobacco, sweet potatoes and winter wheat this year, but fewer acres of corn, peanuts and soybeans, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s June Acreage Report. Cotton growers intend to plant 760,000 acres, 38 percent more than last year and the most since 2006. Across the […]

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Sweet potatoes aren’t just for Thanksgiving anymore

With the Fourth of July holiday right around the corner and plenty of cookout plans in the works, the pressure is on to produce the best dish for your neighbors and friends to enjoy.  Sweet potatoes can provide the perfect answer. Though typically associated with winter holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, sweet potatoes are […]

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In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Asparagus cheese bread

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. If you’re looking for a rich and colorful side dish for your Fourth of July celebration, try this recipe for asparagus cheese bread. To prepare […]

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Today’s Topic: Ethanol labels on gas pumps

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” This week, Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda talk about one of the most common questions the NCDA&CS receives: Whether gas stations are required to notify customers if the gas being sold contains ethanol. Currently, gas stations are not […]

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News Roundup: June 18-24

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. “Wildfire burns more than 21,000 acres; brief showers do little,” Wilmington Star-News: In a land more accustomed to hurricanes, […]

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Get a taste of summer at your local farmers market

What better way to welcome summer than with a trip to a local farmers market. You’ll find an abundance of summer favorites such as blueberries, corn, squash and tomatoes at markets across the state. In addition, there are plenty of special events going on at the state-operated farmers markets in Asheville, Colfax, Charlotte, Raleigh and […]

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In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Fried tomato 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. For many, a tomato sandwich is a quick and easy snack for those long summer days spent outside. Brian and Lisa take this concept to […]

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Today’s Topic: New legislation benefits small-scale processors

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” This week, Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda discuss new legislation that affects North Carolina’s agricultural industry. One of those bills exempts certain small-scale processing of agricultural products from wastewater permit requirements. Some examples of exempt businesses would be […]

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In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: June 17

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. This week, Brian and Lisa feature a fresh and light tomato salad with vinaigrette dressing perfect for summer. Though Lisa recommends heirloom tomatoes for their […]

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News Roundup: June 12-18

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. “Blackberry boon in for WNC farmers,” Hendersonville Times News: The blackberry market in Henderson County has seen a huge […]

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