Archive for July, 2012

Today’s Topic: Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund awards grants totaling more than $2 million

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund recently awarded more than $2 million to help communities across the state protect farmland and promote agricultural enterprises. The trust fund was able to assist 20 projects with funding […]

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Ag Voices: Summer Update

Matt Currin, a participant in our Ag Voices series, has spent the summer learning more about North Carolina’s green industry as a full-time landscaper. In addition, he has volunteered with a summer camp, worked on his family farm and prepared for his fall harvest of pansies. He sent us this post about his experience. This […]

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News Roundup: July 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. “Officials still watching for hotspots at Ogden Park,” Wilmington Star-News: The blackened forest was still smoldering Wednesday morning as […]

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In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Cucumber Feta 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. Lisa describes this recipe for Cucumber Feta Salad as delicious and fresh. It’s a great recipe for your homegrown cucumbers and would go great with […]

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N.C. Forest Service helps fire departments acquire equipment, training

Across the state, fire departments are benefiting from the N.C. Forest Service’s Fire Department Assistance Program, which helps them obtain equipment, supplies and training. “The Fire Department Assistance Program is a great partnership between fire departments, the Forest Service and the federal government,” said State Forester Wib Owen. “The equipment and training we are able […]

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Today’s Topic: Law aims to slow theft of metal

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Farmers who have been victims of metal theft may have an interest in legislation passed by the General Assembly this summer. House Bill 199 tightened the law aimed at preventing the theft of non-ferrous metals, such as […]

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Fire in the Triangle Competition Dining delivers good eats and fun times

This is a recap of a first-round Fire in the Triangle Competition Dining battle between Chef Ryan Payne of the Weathervane in Chapel Hill and Chris Harris of Fork and Barrel in Raleigh. Payne has advanced in the competition and competes tonight in a semi-final round against Adam Rose of Il Palio in Chapel Hill. The winner of tonight’s […]

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News Roundup: July 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. “National drought a double-edged sword for NC farmers,” WWAY: The drought across much of the country is threatening to […]

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In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: Black-eyed Pea Salsa

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 create a simple Black-eyed Pea Salsa, or as some people call it, “Carolina Caviar.” The bright reds, yellows and greens […]

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Improved website makes it easier to understand soil reports

Now is a great time to start preparing for fall plantings on your farm or home garden. And the first step in your preparations should always be a soil test. You can get a free soil test from the department’s Agronomic Services Division. Soil reports provide a breakdown of the nutrients in your soil and […]

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