Archive for July, 2011

Turn fresh summer produce into ribbon-worthy entries this fall

For some, canning is a way to savor the flavors of summer long into cold winter months. Others may enjoy canning as a social activity, hosting parties with friends and dividing the preserved fruits of their labor. The N.C. State Fair offers two more reasons to take part in food preservation: premium money and bragging […]

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News Roundup: July 23-29

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. “Burning ban still in effect as N.C. drought lingers,” Greensboro News & Record: The N.C. Forest Service is reminding […]

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In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Fish tacos

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 continue their month of seafood recipes with this one for fish tacos. The dish can be a fun and delicious […]

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Today’s Topic: Legislation establishes zoning and annexation exemptions for farms

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” This week, Rhonda and Commissioner Troxler talk about new legislation that will benefit farmers whose land is part of a town or city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. The General Assembly passed House Bill 168 in June, and the legislation […]

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Lots of farm activity in Harnett County

A recent visit to Harnett County turned up a lot of farm activity, from harvesting tobacco and irrigating crops to spraying peanuts. As is often the case in the middle of summer, some fields looked better than others and some crops were much further along. Regional agronomist Don Nicholson said rain has been the biggest factor, and summer showers can be notoriously fickle […]

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More than $5.7 million of local food purchased in 10% Campaign’s first year

North Carolina residents and businesses bought more than $5.7 million worth of local food in the first year of the 10% Campaign, a statewide effort to stimulate economic development, create jobs and promote farms and fisheries in the state. The Center for Environmental Farming Systems, based at the NCDA&CS Cherry Research Farm in Goldsboro, launched […]

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News Roundup: July 16-22

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. “Bladen-Cumberland wildfire nearly contained,” Fayetteville Observer: A wildfire that has been burning since June 20 near the Cumberland-Bladen county […]

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Visit farmers markets early to avoid crowds, heat

Visiting one of the five state-operated farmers markets can make for a great family outing on the weekends, but a short weekday trip to the markets can be just as much fun. Not only will you find a similar selection of local food, but you’ll also be able to enjoy the market without the weekend […]

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In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Shrimp pizza

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 a month of recipes inspired by the sea with this one for shrimp pizza. The recipe, featuring fresh N.C. shrimp, pesto […]

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Today’s Topic: NCDA&CS gets additional responsibilities

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” This week, Rhonda talks with Commissioner Troxler about additional responsibilities the NCDA&CS recently received. The budget bill the General Assembly passed in June transferred two state agencies to NCDA&CS from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. […]

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