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Tips for carving your perfect Halloween pumpkin

By on October 24, 2018

Patrick O’Brien is a former chef who now travels the country as a professional fruit and vegetable carver. Known as the Fruit Carving Ninja, he produces displays for trade shows, special events, culinary competitions and more. We caught up with

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Today’s Topic: N.C. State Fair sets two record-attendance days

By on October 23, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Despite having to delay our opening by a day, we have had some bright spots at this year’s fair. These include record

Extensive collection of plows and farm equipment donated to NCDA&CS

By on October 21, 2018

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has received a generous gift from the estate of John William “Bill” Turner: a large collection of antique plows and associated farm equipment. A portion of the collection has been on display

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Today’s Topic: The N.C. State Fair starts in two days. We hope to see you there.

By on October 9, 2018

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 starts in two days and we hope you are making your plans now to attend. The State Fair

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Today’s Topic: Agricultural fair season is under way. The Mountain State Fair is coming Sept. 7-16 in Fletcher.

By on August 21, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Late summer and early fall is the heart of the agricultural fair season in North Carolina. The Drexel Community Fair is the

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News Roundup: Aug. 11-17

By on August 17, 2018

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. “Voting ends noon Monday,” Yadkin Ripple: Yadkin Valley was in 10th place before USA Today

It’s a record! Danny Vester’s 65.9 pound cantaloupe brings World’s Largest back to North Carolina

By on August 15, 2018

  Danny Vester of Spring Hope grows them big. The Nash County native is the only North Carolinian to grow three pumpkins over 1,200 pounds each, breaking the state record twice. This week at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh,

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Today’s Topic: 33 students receive scholarships through the N.C. State Fair Livestock Scholarship program.

By on June 12, 2018

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 Livestock Scholarship program awarded 33 scholarships this year for students to continue their education. Twenty-nine students received $2,000

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Today’s Topic: Exhibitors wanted for the Got to Be NC Festival

By on April 3, 2018

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The Got to Be NC Festival will be held May 18-20 at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. While we are still a

In the Kitchen with Brian and Lisa: North Carolina nuts

By on March 1, 2018

WRAL reporter Brian Shrader and our own Lisa Prince feature seasonal recipes in their weekly Local Dish Cooking segment. This month’s recipes feature North Carolina’s favorite nuts – pecans and peanuts.  North Carolina produced 342 million pounds of peanut in