NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler

NCDA Fills Breach Left by Processor’s Sudden Closure

In October, Cool Hands Meats, an Animal Welfare Act-approved and USDA inspected slaughter and processing facility in Marion, NC unexpectantly closed, leaving a number of small farmers with birds in a difficult spot. Recognizing that this could be a big

NC Sweet Potatoes

The North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission recently updated NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler on a marketing trip to Europe.  Recent efforts have focused on Scandinavian countries where exports of NC-grown sweet potatoes continues to grow.  Norway has seen an increase

ADFP Trust Fund Grants Now Available

The Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund has begun a new grant cycle.  This fund has grants available for county governments and nonprofit groups to support the conservation of working farms and forest, and to foster the growth and

150th Edition of the NC State Fair in the Books

The 150th edition of the NC State Fair wrapped up Sunday night.  NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says 1,014,478 people attended the fair this year, which is the fourth largest total on record. Speaking of records, in addition to the

NC State Fair Junior Livestock Sale of Champions

The annual Junior Livestock Sale of Champions took place over the weekend at the NC State Fair, bringing in a record $182,500.  NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says the livestock shows at that fair highlight some of the best animals

NC State Fair Underway this Week

The 150th  North Carolina State Fair gets underway this week at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.  NC Ag Commissioner says new additions to the fair are a Public House where the state’s craft beer and wine industry will be on

NC Farmland Preservation Trust Fund Awards $3.3 million in Grants

The state Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund recently awarded almost $3.3 million to help North Carolina Communities protect farmland and promote agricultural enterprises. Other grants this year helped support a farmland protection plan for Ashe County, assisted the

Vaccinate Livestock for Rabies

North Carolina’s Ag Commissioner, Steve Troxler is strongly encouraging livestock owners to vaccinate against rabies.  There has been a slight uptick this year in farm livestock being infected by rabid wildlife, that results in the loss of the livestock, and

North Carolina’s Yield Potential Still Good in September Crop Reports

Last week, USDA released their September crop reports, and North Carolina is still on track for very good yield potential. Corn yield is now forecast to tie the record set in 2013, cotton is projected to be 117% above last

NCDA Now Accepting Applications for Bioenergy Grants

The NC Bioenergy Research Initiative is accepting grant proposals focused on research and development of agricultural and forestry based feedstocks for bioenergy production. North Carolina’s Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says that the General Assembly approved $1 million for the program