Archive for June, 2012

June acreage report signals more plantings of peanuts, soybeans, wheat

N.C. farmers planted a record 860,000 acres of winter wheat this year and expect to harvest 770,000 acres, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s June Acreage Report. Acreage for peanuts and soybeans also is forecast to higher this year, but plantings of corn, cotton and tobacco will be lower. The wheat plantings are up […]

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News Roundup: June 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. “Community icon John Snipes leaves a legacy,” The News of Orange County: John Snipes was hard to miss. Whether […]

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Blackberry Day Friday at WNC Farmers Market

Independence Day is just five days away, so it’s time to stock up on all the essentials for your Fourth of July feast. Local farmers markets across North Carolina are brimming with all the fresh produce you will need to make your cookout, picnic or party a success. Stop by this weekend for farm fresh […]

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In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Cucumber Delight Pickles

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 simple and delicious recipe for homemade pickles was shared by Clare Turner in Charlotte. Make sure to plan plenty of time before serving because […]

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Troxler bestows two Employee of the Month awards

Earlier this week, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler recognized two dedicated employees with Employee of the Month awards during a meeting held in Raleigh. Adam Kracht, information technology specialist, was selected as the April 2012 Employee of the Month. Kracht is responsible for the development, enhancement and maintenance of the license system, tonnage system and Commodities […]

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Today’s Topic: U.S. Senate passes farm bill

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The U.S. Senate passed its version of the farm bill June 21, and the legislation now heads to the House, which is expected to begin work on its version in July. Commissioner Troxler tells Rhonda that he’s […]

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Busy weekend at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market

Like summer, things are heating up at local farmers markets across the state as we begin to ease into the peck of the season. They’ll be bringing the best of their fresh produce so, swing by your closest farmers market for some delicious blueberries, watermelons, peaches, squash, corn, tomatoes, cucumbers and so much more. Here […]

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In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Chicken Alfredo 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. Jackie Wilder of Raleigh won a blue ribbon with this recipe for Chicken Alfredo Pizza in the Fleischmann’s Yeast baking contest at the N.C. State […]

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Ag Voices: Daniel Alvey participates in I-CAL Program

Daniel Alvey, a participant in our Ag Voices series, was one of 12 college students chosen to participate in the International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership Program, sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council. He recently returned from a two-week agricultural education trip to Southeast Asia. He sent us this post about his experience. After finishing my sophomore […]

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Photos from the Field: Heavy-scale workshop

Most summer travelers pass by the state’s eight weigh stations without a second glance. But for long-haul truck drivers and other transportation vehicles, weigh stations are an important stop that ensures the safety of all travelers. Instrumental to that safety is a thorough inspection by the NCDA&CS Standards Division. Last week, the NCDA&CS Standards Division […]

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