Viewing: Field Notes

Make plans now to attend the 2019 N.C. State Fair Oct. 17-27

By on October 9, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The N.C. State Fair is just around the corner and fairgoers still have time to save money by buying their tickets in

Several grants available for NC farmers and rural communities

By on October 7, 2019

Fall is traditionally called “harvest season,” but it’s also grant season for several agricultural organizations in North Carolina. That means farmers and others could get thousands of dollars to help with projects on the farm and in the surrounding rural

Nature preserves help protect rare species

By on September 30, 2019

Standing on a rock face on top of a mountain tucked away in Western North Carolina, Lesley Starke looks for a flower. Starke, Plant Conservation Program Manager with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, is not after

Strawberry Habanero Pepper Jelly wows judges at Specialty Foods Association competition

By on September 26, 2019

The 2019 N.C. Specialty Foods Association held it’s annual competition Aug. 28 and 29. Strawberry Habanero Pepper Jelly made by Valley Brook Farms of Durham was named Grand Champion. Almost 100 products competed in nine different categories. Categories were: Baked

Commissioner Troxler: Farmers and compounded stress

By on September 18, 2019

Farmer stress is something that has been on my mind a lot lately. Particularly as I have been meeting with farmers and farm groups across the state. In talking with farmers, I see the worry on their faces and feel

Today's Topic

Sept. 15-21 is National Farm Safety and Health Week

By on September 16, 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Sept. 15-21 is National Farm Safety and Health Week, and it is a good reminder that stressful times can add to the

Hurricane Dorian & Our Trees: Minor Immediate Impact, Implications for Long-term Impacts to Tree Health

By on September 11, 2019

After devastating the Bahamas and other Caribbean Islands before turning north and skirting the eastern U.S. coast, Hurricane Dorian made landfall on Cape Hatteras in North Carolina on Sept. 6, 2019 as a Category 1 storm. A four-to-seven-foot storm surge

No Calm after the Storm: Water Stress, Drought, and Mortality in Forest Trees in Eastern North Carolina following Hurricane Florence

By on August 29, 2019

It’s been almost a year since Hurricane Florence slammed our coast, yet many effects from the onslaught still linger. One of these is in our forests. Many factors can cause stress in trees, sometimes leading to their death, and in

Happy 75th Birthday Smokey Bear

By on August 9, 2019

One of America’s most iconic bears celebrated his 75th birthday Friday. Visitors to the N.C. Museum of Natural Science’s Nature Research Center were able to learn a little about the real Smokey Bear and his message of preventing unintentional forest

Plates Kitchen focuses on local produce, old- school recipes

By on August 8, 2019

In recognition of National Farmers Market Week Aug. 4-10, we are highlighting a local chef who makes the State Farmers Market in Raleigh a regular stop for his restaurant shopping list. For Jake Wood, executive chef at Plates Kitchen, cooking