Posts tagged USDA

Today’s Topic: N.C. crops withstand wet 2013

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” With so much water falling across the state in 2013, it wasn’t a record-setting year for field crops in North Carolina, but Commissioner Troxler says it could’ve been worse if not for the hard work and skill […]

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Today’s Topic: Update on Tobacco Transition Payment Program

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” A couple of weeks ago, Rhonda and Commissioner Troxler talked about the end of the Tobacco Transition Payment Program and the possibility that the final payment could be subject to automatic federal budget cuts known as sequestration. […]

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2013 N.C. corn crop yields a record

North Carolina’s corn crop in 2013 had an average yield of 142 bushels per acre, a new state record, according to the USDA’s 2013 Crop Summary. The 2013 yield was 25 bushels higher than the previous year’s, and 10 bushels more than the old record, set in 2006. Corn production is forecast to total 123.5 […]

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News Roundup: Dec. 21-Jan. 3

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. “Apples fueled Edneyville’s prosperity in 2013,” Hendersonville Times-News: Deep in the heart of apple country, descendants of some of […]

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Veterinary labs receive five-year accreditation

The N.C. Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System recently received full accreditation for a five-year period by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians after a review of the system’s labs was conducted in September.  The lab system is comprised of Rollins Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Raleigh, Arden Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Fletcher, Elkin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory […]

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Today’s Topic: Value of NC ag exports continues to increase

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” In 2012, the value of North Carolina’s ag exports reached $3.9 billion, according to a recent report from USDA. The figure is a new record, and it’s also an 8 percent increase from the 2011 total, which […]

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Today’s Topic: September crop report shows decline in cotton forecast

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The September crop report from USDA shows more of the same for most row crops in North Carolina, with no movement in yield projections from the August report. The exception to that is cotton, which continues to […]

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USDA designates 13 N.C. counties as primary natural disaster areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 13 counties in North Carolina as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that began May 1 and continues. Those counties are: Avery Brunswick Buncombe Cleveland Columbus Durham Henderson Madison Orange Rutherford Transylvania Watauga Wilson Farmers and ranchers in the […]

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Today’s Topic: August crop report shows effects of wet summer

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The USDA’s August crop production report for North Carolina came out recently, and it shows that crops are feeling the effects of a wet summer. Commissioner Troxler tells Rhonda that the one exception is corn. The corn […]

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Faces in the Field: Dee Webb, agricultural statistician

We have a diverse workforce here at the NCDA&CS that focuses on consumer protection, food safety, agricultural marketing, accuracy of weights and measures, plant conservation, livestock protection … and more. Through our Faces in the Field series, we’ll talk to employees and provide a behind-the-scenes look at what they do to serve North Carolina. Dee […]

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