Archive for September, 2011

NCDA&CS attorney honored by national agriculture association

Ray Starling, NCDA&CS general counsel, has been recognized by the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture for outstanding contributions to agriculture. Starling is one of three employees from agriculture departments across the country who were recognized at NASDA’s annual meeting in September. He was honored in the Administration category. Other recipients of 2011 NASDA […]

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News Roundup: Sept. 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. “Ground beef recalled over E. coli,” News & Observer: Tyson Fresh Meats is recalling about 131,300 pounds of ground […]

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Stock up on pumpkins this weekend for upcoming contests

Pumpkins are great for decorating your houses, but you also can put your own creative spin on them in two upcoming decorating contests. Deadlines are approaching for the kid-friendly events, so make sure to pick out a perfect pumpkin soon at a farmers market or pick-your-own farm near you. Most people know about the largest […]

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In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Gourmet bourbon pecan club panini

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 month, Brian and Lisa are showcasing some of the blue-ribbon recipes from the 2010 N.C. State Fair as Lisa prepares for the 2011 specialty […]

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Today’s Topic: NASDA sets priorities for 2012 farm bill

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Commissioner Troxler recently attended the annual meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. Members voted to focus NASDA’s efforts for the 2012 farm bill on supporting the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, funding for […]

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Apples, pumpkins and fall

The season has changed to fall, and with it comes a bounty of fall harvest to local farmers markets. You’ll find a variety of apples, pumpkins and other fall produce at the state-operated farmers markets in Asheville, Colfax, Charlotte, Raleigh and Lumberton this weekend. In addition, there are a few special events to kick off […]

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News Roundup: Sept. 17-23

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. “Successful end to Mountain State Fair,” WLOS-TV: The 2011 NC Mountain State Fair ended on Sunday night. Organizers said […]

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In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Apple, sausage and cheddar torte

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 blue-ribbon recipes leading up to the 2011 N.C. State Fair with this one for an apple, sausage and […]

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Today’s Topic: Century Farm Program

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 the Century Farm Program, which recognizes North Carolina farms that have been in the same family continuously for 100 years or more. The NCDA&CS has operated the program since […]

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NCDA&CS regional agronomist helps tomato grower boost yield, battle blossom-end rot

Clayton Garner Jr. of Newport has grown tomatoes for more than 20 years. For much of that time, blossom-end rot — a physiological disorder resulting from insufficient calcium — was a fact of life. But today he has a finely tuned system of watering and fertilization that seems to be keeping the problem at bay […]

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