Posts tagged Today’s Topic

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: Tobacco growers approve assessment program

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Flue-cured tobacco growers in North Carolina recently approved an assessment to support the Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina’s efforts to promote the interests of its farmers. The assessment was approved on 88 percent of ballots in […]

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Today’s Topic: June report shows increases in soybean acreage

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The June crop acreage forecast from USDA has been released, and it shows significant gains in soybean acres in North Carolina. The state is forecast to see a 16 percent increase in soybean acreage this year, with […]

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Today’s Topic: July is Got to Be NC Agriculture Month

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” It’s July, which means farms are in full swing and fresh produce is coming to market. It’s also Got to Be NC Agriculture Month across the state. In fact, Gov. Pat McCrory has proclaimed July as Got […]

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Today’s Topic: Farmers markets hitting high season

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” It’s mid-June, and that means we’re entering the high season at farmers markets across North Carolina. The state is fortunate to have more than 200 farmers markets of all sizes, everything from the four regional markets the […]

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Today’s Topic: NC tobacco growers voting on self-assessment

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina is conducting a mail-in referendum asking active tobacco farmers to approve an assessment to support the association. The General Assembly passed a bill last year authorizing the referendum. Ballots were […]

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Today’s Topic: 2014 hurricane season starts June 1

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Hurricane season begins June 1 and continues through the end of November. Weather researchers at N.C. State University are predicting a less active hurricane season, with up to 11 named storms forming in the Atlantic. They say […]

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Today’s Topic: FDA pulls back on proposed rule that would affect use of brewers’ spent grains

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” On April 24, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it would revise its proposed animal-feed rule after getting an earful from brewers and livestock farmers about the potential cost of compliance. The proposed rule was intended […]

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Today’s Topic: Federal grants will support specialty-crop sector

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The 2014 farm bill increased funding for the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to $72.5 million, which should lead to an increase in money allocated to North Carolina. The federal program aims to enhance the competitiveness […]

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Today’s Topic: NC farmers say they will plant more soybeans, less corn this year

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” North Carolina farmers indicate they will plant more acres of soybeans and fewer acres of corn this year, according to the USDA Prospective Plantings report. If the forecast holds, farmers will plant 1.6 million acres of soybeans […]

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