Archive for March, 2012

News Roundup: March 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. “Latest buzz on bee decline: Maybe it’s pesticides,” WRAL:  A common class of pesticide is causing problems for honeybees […]

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In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Grandmama’s Fun Cake

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 have whipped up some delicious egg recipes this month, covering breakfast, lunch and dinner. Now it’s time for dessert with a cake […]

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Small farms: Every voice counts

Today is Small Farms Day in North Carolina where we recognize the impact small farms have on our state. Small farms are the backbone of our state’s almost $70 billion agribusiness industry. Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service conducts the Census of Agriculture. The census won’t get started until […]

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Jennifer Rall named February 2012 Employee of the Month

Jennifer Rall, a program assistant with the N.C. Forest Service, was named the NCDA&CS Employee of the Month for February 2012. She was recognized by Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler during a recent meeting in Raleigh. Rall assists with the Urban and Community Forestry Program, the Forest Stewardship Program and the Forest Legacy Program. She responds […]

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Five sworn-in to Soil and Water Commission

Judge Bob Hunter swore-in five members to the Soil and Water Conservation Commission today. Tommy Houser of Vale and Charles Hughes III of Kinston are new members to the commission. Vicky Porter of Concord was sworn-in as chairwoman. Donald Heath of Dover and Craig Frazier of Sophia were reappointed. The Soil and Water Conservation Commission […]

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Today’s Topic: A lot of wheat planted in North Carolina for 2012

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” USDA’s “Prospective Plantings Report” won’t be released until March 30, but it’s already obvious that North Carolina farmers planted a bunch of winter wheat for harvest later this year. A January report indicated that 800,000 acres of […]

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N.C. sweet potatoes take root abroad

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services helps to promote exports of N.C. agricultural products through its International Marketing office. Through these efforts, North Carolina now exports about $3 billion in agricultural products each year. Over the next few weeks, we’ll highlight some local growers and food manufacturers finding success on the global stage. […]

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News Roundup: March 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. “How safe is our country’s food supply?” Hendersonville Times-News: When the year began, my 8-year-old son got sick, and […]

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In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Egg 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. This week, Brian and Lisa whip up a quick-and-easy egg salad recipe from Lisa’s parents. This egg salad is made by combining six hard-boiled eggs […]

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NCDA&CS lecture series aims to educate college students

The United Nations estimates that by the year 2050, farmers will need to produce 70 percent more food in order to meet the needs of a population that will exceed 9 billion. At the same time, consumers are embracing the local food movement and demanding sustainable agriculture practices. In the middle of this growing demand, […]

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