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: 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

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Troxler outlines areas of focus for next four years

By on January 10, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Steve Troxler took the oath of office Jan. 6 to begin his fourth term as North Carolina’s commissioner of agriculture. He spoke

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Today’s Topic: Appalachian High Country is NC’s newest wine region

By on January 3, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” North Carolina has its fifth designated wine region, or American Viticultural Area. The newest AVA in the state is known as the Appalachian

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Today’s Topic: Special legislative session for disaster relief

By on December 13, 2016

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The General Assembly will convene a special session today to consider funding for disaster relief related to Hurricane Matthew, which hit Eastern

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Today’s Topic: Troxler named a Tobacco Great by NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

By on December 6, 2016

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” On Dec. 1, Commissioner Troxler was named a 2016 Tobacco Great by faculty in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at