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: Small Farms Week

By on March 21, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” For 31 years, the Cooperative Extension program at N.C. A&T State University has highlighted North Carolina’s small farms with Small Farms Week.

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Today’s Topic: NC Ag Awareness Day

By on March 14, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Bruce Ferrell subs for Rhonda this week and talks to Commissioner Troxler about the 2017 Ag Awareness Day at the Legislature. Farmers

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Today’s Topic: NC’s industrial hemp pilot program now accepting applications

By on March 7, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Temporary rules are now in place for the state’s industrial hemp research pilot program. The N.C. Industrial Hemp Commission adopted the rules in

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Today’s Topic: Specialty crop block grants available

By on February 28, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting grant applications for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Applications are due

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Today’s Topic: Corn growers to vote on assessment Feb. 22

By on February 21, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” North Carolina corn growers will vote Feb. 22 on a six-year continuation of their commodity assessment program. The Board of Directors of the

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Seven NCDA&CS employees take part in 2017 Tobacco Short Course

By on February 20, 2017

Seven NCDA&CS staff members participated in the 2017 N.C. State Tobacco Short Course in Raleigh. The following NCDA&CS employees took part in the course: Josh Mays, regional agronomist for Anson, Guilford, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph and Richmond counties; Carla Pugh,

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Today’s Topic: B&H Foods expands recall of pimento spread

By on February 14, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” On Feb. 9, B&H Foods of Charlotte expanded its recall of Ruth’s pimento spread to include additional products, all of which were

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Twelfth annual Ag Development Forum is Feb. 2 in Raleigh

By on January 31, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The 2017 Southern Farm Show takes place Feb. 1-3 at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, and one of the events that coincides with

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2016 a very good year for corn in North Carolina

By on January 24, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” USDA recently released its annual crop summary, which showed that 2016 was a very good year for N.C. corn production. Even though the

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NC ranks 10th nationally in number of farms selling food locally

By on January 17, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” North Carolina ranks 10th in the U.S. in the number of farms selling foods locally, and ranks 11th in total direct farm