Posts tagged N.C. General Assembly

Today’s Topic: Fees for forest management plans

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The state budget approved by the General Assembly directed the N.C. Forest Service to start charging fees for woodland plans, which are commonly known as forest management plans. The budget bill also allowed the state Board of […]

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Today’s Topic: Legislature makes change in farm-income requirements for sales-tax exemption

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Farmers across North Carolina recently received letters from the state Department of Revenue alerting them to changes in the eligibility requirements for the exemption on sales taxes for supplies they purchase, and the steps farmers need to […]

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Today’s Topic: N.C. Farm Act becomes law

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Last week, Commissioner Troxler was on hand when Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law a piece of legislation that many N.C. farmers will welcome: the N.C. Farm Act of 2013. The legislation had overwhelming support in the […]

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Public comment sought on reorganization of fisheries agencies

State officials are looking for ideas from the public on how three different agencies can cooperatively provide more efficient, productive and enjoyable uses of the state’s fisheries resources. The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will accept comments on this subject at its August meeting in Raleigh on behalf of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, N.C. […]

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Today’s Topic: Legislation helps farmers operating roadside stands

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The General Assembly wrapped up its “short session” earlier this month. A few pieces of legislation adopted by the lawmakers were beneficial to farmers. The Regulatory Reform Act of 2012 addressed a variety of regulatory issues. One […]

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Chugging for Charity

Today was Livestock Lobby Day at the General Assembly, which means it was also the annual Legislative Milk-Chugging Contest. Armed with just straws and half-pints of milk, the competition pitted members of the N.C. Senate and members of the N.C. House against one another. With bragging rights and a donation for the charity of their […]

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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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Today’s Topic: New feral swine law takes effect Oct. 1

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 a new law taking effect Oct. 1 that seeks to address North Carolina’s problem with feral hogs. Feral hogs are capable of damaging crops, fields, wildlife habitat, game lands […]

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Today’s Topic: Legislation establishes zoning and annexation exemptions for farms

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” This week, Rhonda and Commissioner Troxler talk about new legislation that will benefit farmers whose land is part of a town or city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. The General Assembly passed House Bill 168 in June, and the legislation […]

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Today’s Topic: NCDA&CS gets additional responsibilities

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” This week, Rhonda talks with Commissioner Troxler about additional responsibilities the NCDA&CS recently received. The budget bill the General Assembly passed in June transferred two state agencies to NCDA&CS from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. […]

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