Posts tagged Rhonda Garrison

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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Today’s Topic: Farmland preservation grants available

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” County governments and nonprofit groups interested in farmland preservation can apply for funding assistance from the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. The application deadline is Dec. 19. This year’s funding includes state appropriations, plus […]

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Today’s Topic: It’s North Carolina Farm to School Week

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” It’s North Carolina Farm to School Week, and the NCDA&CS is asking schools across the state to celebrate this program, which helps put fresh North Carolina produce in schools. The NCDA&CS Marketing and Food Distribution divisions coordinate […]

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Today’s Topic: Jr. Livestock Sale of Champions garners nearly $168,000

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The annual Junior Livestock Sale of Champions took place Saturday at the N.C. State Fair, and it took in the highest total ever. This year’s auction garnered $167,700 for the youth winners and to support a new […]

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Today’s Topic: N.C. State Fair preview

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” We’re just a couple of days away from the start of the 2014 N.C. State Fair, and as usual, agriculture will play a big role. There’s so much to see at the fair that highlights agriculture: horticulture […]

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Today’s Topic: October is a great time to look for North Carolina seafood

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” When we think of October, we think of pumpkins, the State Fair and Halloween. But we can also think about seafood. You see, October is National Seafood Month, and we want people to support our fishermen and […]

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