Archive for April, 2012

N.C. Christmas trees find new markets in Latin America

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: April 21-27

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. “NC Ag Commissioner Considers Greensboro Event a Learning Experience,” Southern Farm Network: On Wednesday, North Carolina’s Ag Commissioner, Steve […]

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In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Beef lettuce wraps

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. You can really tell Brian and Lisa had fun making beef lettuce wraps in the video below. In fact, they had so much fun they […]

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Travis Snodgrass named March 2012 Employee of the Month

Robert Travis Snodgrass, a pesticide inspector with the department’s Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division, was recognized as the March 2012 Employee of the Month during a recent ceremony in Raleigh. Snodgrass has served as a member of the division’s Mi-Forms team, which has catapulted the division from a paper-based inspection program to an electronic, […]

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Today’s Topic: Farmer participation in agricultural surveys is important

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Farmer participation in USDA’s quarterly agricultural surveys is currently averaging from 75 to 80 percent, a drop of about 5 percentage points from a decade ago. It’s a trend that Commissioner Troxler would like to see reversed. […]

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Food Business Almanac: Building long-term relationships

NCDA&CS food business specialist Annette Dunlap offers resources that small-business owners and food entrepreneurs can use to grow and manage their business. Annette is available for free one-on-one consultations and can assist small-business owners with financial and market planning through the agribusiness development section. She can be reached at annette.dunlap@ncagr.gov. Late spring and early summer […]

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Photos from the Field: N.C. Museum of Natural History

We have an extensive collection of photos taken over the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ history.  In our Photos from the Field posts, we’ll pull some of these snapshots out of our archives and take a look back at pieces of North Carolina’s agricultural heritage. This photo, which appeared in the Aug. 1, […]

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News Roundup: April 14-20

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. “Pavilion gets official touch,” Lumberton Robesonian: Steve Troxler, the state commissioner of agriculture, envisions great things happening at the […]

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Barbecue, bluegrass and fresh herbs at your state farmers markets

N.C. strawberries are already available across the state. In addition, you can find greens, sweet potatoes, greenhouse tomatoes, fresh meats and local cheeses at a state-operated farmers market near you. Below, you’ll find our picks for the top three things to do this weekend at the markets. 1. Barbecue Cook-Off and Bluegrass Jam, WNC Farmers […]

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In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Dijon-Wine Steak Kabobs

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 beef recipes with this one for Dijon-Wine Steak Kabobs. The steak is marinated for six hours in a […]

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