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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

NCDA&CS licenses first drone for pesticide application

By on October 2, 2017

Advances in agriculture happen all the time. Inspectors with our Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division saw this advancement firsthand last week, as they licensed the first drone in North Carolina for pesticide application. “The technology is here for this

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News Roundup: Sept. 23-29

By on September 29, 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 handled dicamba well, but can improve,” Southeast Farm Press: Only 14 official dicamba

Recipe: Winners from the N.C. Mountain State Fair

By on September 28, 2017

Earlier this month the N.C. Mountain State Fair was held in Fletcher, right outside of Asheville.  Just like at the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh, the western N.C. version features cooks competing for blue ribbons and bragging rights in special

The emerald ash borer travels the state

By on September 27, 2017

This summer was expected to break travel records, and it wasn’t just people doing all the sightseeing. At least one insect joined in on the vacation fun this year: the emerald ash borer. The emerald ash borer popped up in

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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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News Roundup: Sept. 16-22

By on September 22, 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. “Group dedicated to making stevia a viable Southeast cash crop,” Southeast Farm Press: As it

Recipe: Celebrating chicken

By on September 21, 2017

September is National Chicken Month. North Carolina ranks 3rd nationally in broilers, contributing nearly $3.5 billion of total farming cash receipts. According to the N.C. Poultry Federation, the poultry industry’s economic impact for NC is $36.6 billion.  More than 5,700

Farm safety is a 52-week responsibility

By on September 20, 2017

For 74 years, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week. But farm safety is a year-round responsibility. Agriculture provides food, fiber and fuel for millions of people across the United States. But

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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.