Brian Long

Brian grew up on the outskirts of Kernersville, N.C., and spent many a summer day picking green beans, tomatoes, corn and other vegetables from his family's large garden. As a teenager, he kept a small flock of chickens and sold eggs to his neighbors. Brian has more than 25 years of experience in communications, working in both the private and public sectors. He joined the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as director of public affairs in November 2003. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill and a master's degree in public affairs from UNC-Greensboro.

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Today’s Topic: Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund accepting applications

By on October 31, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund is accepting grant applications from county governments and nonprofit groups for projects to support

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Today’s Topic: NC State Fair draws more than 1 million for third straight year

By on October 24, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The 150th N.C. State Fair wrapped up Sunday night with total attendance of 1,014,478. That’s the fair’s fourth-highest attendance ever and the

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News Roundup: Oct. 14-20

By on October 20, 2017

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. “Arnold brings home the bacon for brothers,” The Stanly News & Press: Just because you can’t

Today’s Topic: Junior Livestock Sale of Champions raises record $182,500

By on October 17, 2017

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 at the N.C. State Fair raised a record $182,500. The money raised by the auction of champion

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News Roundup: Oct. 7-13

By on October 13, 2017

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. “North Carolina farmers are turning over a new leaf in the hemp industry,” WGHP: (Video)

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Today’s Topic: 150th NC State Fair opens Oct. 12

By on October 10, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The 2017 N.C. State Fair opens Oct. 12, and it’s a milestone year. This year marks the 150th N.C. State Fair. To highlight

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Today’s Topic: Farmland preservation trust fund awards grants totaling more than $3.2 million

By on October 3, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund recently awarded almost $3.3 million to help North Carolina communities protect farmland and

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Today’s Topic: Vaccinate livestock against rabies

By on September 26, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” There have been five confirmed cases of rabies in North Carolina livestock this year, which is about average for the state. Because horses,

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Today’s Topic: Corn yield could tie state record

By on September 19, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The latest USDA crop production report for North Carolina is still showing very good news about the state’s corn and cotton crops.

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Today’s Topic: Bioenergy grants available

By on September 12, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative is accepting grant proposals focused on research and development of agricultural and forestry-based feedstocks for bioenergy production.