Viewing: From the Commissioner

New group will focus on growing N.C.’s local food economy

By on January 20, 2010

Shortly after I took office as commissioner of agriculture five years ago, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services launched a new marketing program called Got to Be NC. The purpose of the program was to raise awareness of

Christmas at NCDA&CS

By on December 23, 2009

[FieldNotes]DEmlPYb4CZY[/FieldNotes] Note: If video doesn’t appear, try refreshing your browser. The lobby of the Agriculture Building is fragrant with the smell of a North Carolina-grown Fraser Fir. Watch the above video to check out the department’s Christmas tree, hear a

Thank a farmer

By on November 20, 2009

Thanksgiving is next week, and I always look forward to spending the holiday with my family (especially now that I have grandchildren to spoil). I’m very thankful for my family and the joy they bring me. Another thing I’m thankful

A salute to veterans

By on November 11, 2009

I have always respected the dedication of the men and women in our nation’s military. My father and three uncles served in the Army during World War II, and I now have the honor of working with many veterans at

Two NCDA&CS employees complete Certified Public Manager Program

By on October 8, 2009

Earlier this week, I had the honor of presenting two NCDA&CS employees with certificates recognizing their completion of the Certified Public Manager Program. I want to congratulate David Hardy and Kathleen Kidd for completing this rigorous two-year program coordinated by

Visiting farms, aquaculture operations in Eastern N.C.

By on August 26, 2009

I recently visited several farms in eastern North Carolina to see what farmers are doing and listen to their concerns. We visited Bertie, Chowan, Gates, Beaufort, Craven and Pitt counties. We covered a lot of miles and a lot of

Special circumstances lead to lower acreage of peanuts, tobacco in N.C.

By on July 1, 2009

The USDA released its June Crop Report Tuesday, and I can’t say I was surprised by the numbers. As expected, soybean acreage increased 7 percent over last year, to 1.8 million acres. That’s the highest acreage in North Carolina since

Agriculture/agribusiness still top industry in North Carolina

By on June 15, 2009

Agriculture/agribusiness continues to be North Carolina’s leading industry, according to the latest economic impact analysis by N.C. State University economist Mike Walden. His report was released June 11 at the N.C. Agribusiness Council’s legislative luncheon, where I was the guest

At both ends of the state, agriculture provides economic opportunities

By on May 21, 2009

In the past week, I’ve met with farmers in both the southwestern and northeastern corners of North Carolina. I like hearing directly from farmers what’s on their mind. I’d like to share with you some of the information I picked

H1N1 Flu Outbreak and N.C. agriculture

By on April 30, 2009

I’ve got to admit that I’ve been a little frustrated this week as I’ve read all the news reports about the H1N1 influenza outbreak that continues to be called “swine” flu.  I’ve been working with my counterparts in the National