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Today’s Topic: Industrial hemp being planted under NC’s pilot program

By on June 27, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” North Carolina’s goal of having an industrial hemp crop this year is being achieved. More than 60 farmers have had permits approved

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Today’s Topic: 2017 Census of Agriculture is coming

By on June 20, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The USDA will begin collecting data for the 2017 Census of Agriculture later this year, and there are some changes this time

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Today’s Topic: NC horse owners should have animals vaccinated against EEE

By on June 13, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Note: This week, State Veterinarian Doug Meckes fills in for Commissioner Troxler. Summer is here, which means it’s mosquito season in North

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Today’s Topic: Hurricane season is here

By on May 30, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Hurricane season begins June 1, and Commissioner Troxler says it’s time for farmers to get ready for it. Researchers at N.C. State

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Today’s Topic: Emerging root-knot nematode threatens sweet potatoes

By on May 23, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Sweet potato growers should be aware of an emerging root-knot nematode that has been identified in fields in Eastern North Carolina. The

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Today’s Topic: Celebrate agriculture at Got to Be NC Festival May 19-21

By on May 16, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The Got to Be NC Festival makes its annual appearance at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh May 19-21. Admission and parking are free.

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Today’s Topic: NC wins federal grant to protect farms, forests, military training

By on May 9, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has secured $9.2 million in federal funding to protect farm and forest lands from

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Today’s Topic: Field days are learning opportunities for farmers

By on May 2, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Spring is a very busy time on the farm, but it also offers educational opportunities for farmers. Several field days are coming

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Today’s Topic: Soil tests can help homeowners manage fertility in warm-season grasses

By on April 25, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” Farmers are accustomed to using soil tests to help them determine their crops’ nutrient needs. Homeowners can benefit from the tests, too.

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Today’s Topic: April is Plant Pest Awareness Month

By on April 18, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.” April is National Plant Pest Awareness Month, which is intended to educate the public about the threat that certain insects, plant diseases