Posts tagged Rhonda Garrison

Today’s Topic: Census of Horticulture surveys are due by Feb. 5

  Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” As a follow-up to the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture, this winter the USDA is conducting a specialized census focused on the horticulture industry. This survey will gather detailed information about horticultural production and sales across […]

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Today’s Topic: It’s a felony to steal Venus flytraps in North Carolina

  Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Earlier this month, four men were charged for poaching 900 Venus flytraps from the Holly Shelter Game Land in Pender County. They were arrested by state wildlife officers, and they are the first people to be […]

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Today’s Topic: The importance of bees and other pollinators

  Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” One of the topics the NCDA&CS will focus on this year is the important role that bees and other pollinators play in agriculture. The department has launched an effort to educate North Carolinians about pollinators and […]

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Today’s Topic: More than 800 NC farmers now registered as meat handlers

  Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” It’s a well-known fact that livestock and poultry farming accounts for more than 60 percent of farm income in North Carolina. But what might not be as well known is the number of farmers who are […]

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Today’s Topic: Taking stock of the year in agriculture

  Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Christmas is almost here, and it’s a time of year to reflect on many things, including the past year in agriculture. Overall, 2014 has been a pretty good year for North Carolina agriculture, Commissioner Troxler says. […]

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Today’s Topic: Buy firewood locally to prevent spread of invasive insects

  Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” When you hear the phrase “Buy local,” it typically refers to food. But folks should be looking for another local product as we get into winter: firewood. The NCDA&CS encourages people to buy firewood locally because […]

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Today’s Topic: Cultivating young people’s interest in agriculture

  Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The average age of North Carolina farmers has continued to increase and now stands at 58.9, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. That’s a concern because the world’s population will reach 9 billion people by […]

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Today’s Topic: Bumper seed crop ensures future trees

  Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” In the afterglow of Thanksgiving, your refrigerator or freezer may be overflowing with leftovers from the feast. But turkey and dressing aren’t the only things that were put into cold storage lately. Seeds from trees across […]

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Today’s Topic: National Farm-City Week

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” It’s National Farm-City Week, which began Nov. 21 and continues through Thanksgiving Day. Farm-City Week helps promote a greater understanding of agriculture and its connection to the foods we enjoy throughout the year. Communities across the state […]

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Today’s Topic: Crop report shows record soybean yield in North Carolina

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The November crop report from USDA shows a big year for North Carolina soybeans. The yield is forecast to be 40 bushels per acre, a new state record. The previous record of 39 bushels per acre occurred […]

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