NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler

Commissioner Steve Troxler: Agronomic Services Division Conducting Research on Barley

Farmers may soon have another market for their barley. Agronomic Services Division researching optimal nitrogen rates for malting quality barley. If successful, farmers could sell malting barley to brewers looking for local ingredients, drawing four to five times more per

Commissioner Steve Troxler: Blueberry Season is in Full Swing!

Fresh North Carolina blueberries can be found in grocery stores, roadside stands and farmers across the state. Get them while you can, says NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler. Strawberry and blueberry seasons overlap in June. As one crop is wrapping

Commissioner Steve Troxler: Consider Rabies Vaccinations for Livestock

The number of rabies cases in livestock is on the rise this year and we haven’t even reached peak season. We have seen seven cases this year compared to three cases in all of 2018. State Veterinarian Dr. Doug Meckes

Commissioner Steve Troxler: Burn Ban Issued for 18 Eastern NC Counties


Due to increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and canceled all burning permits for the following counties in Eastern North Carolina. The beginning of June means summer is quickly approaching, which

Commissioner Steve Troxler: Farmers Markets Season

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Farmers markets season is well underway, and shoppers will find plenty of locally-grown fruits and vegetables at the markets, plus some special activities to enjoy while shopping. Commissioner Steve Troxler is here to tell us more.

Commissioner Steve Troxler: New Agribusiness Numbers for NC

Economist Dr. Mike Walden of NC State University releases annual agriculture and agribusiness numbers that factor in the impact of North Carolina’s number one industry. His latest figures, reflecting 2017, point to a jump in the economic contributions of this

Commissioner Steve Troxler: Credit Card Safety at the Gas Pumps

While our NCDA&CS gas inspectors are checking pumps for accuracy, they also keep an eye out for any skimming devices that have been placed in pumps trying to steal people’s credit and debit card information. Our inspectors have seen an

Commissioners Talk Up Ag on Public TV

The ag commissioners of North and South Carolina, Steve Troxler and Hugh Weathers respectively, recently broke down the state of agribusiness in their two states on public TV’s Carolina Business Review.  Topics include agri-tourism, sustainable farming, disaster relief, tobacco and

Commissioner Steve Troxler: Got to Be NC Festival Coming May 17-19!

The 11th Annual Got to Be NC Festival will be held May 17-19 at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Sometimes referred to as a mini State Fair, the festival features a daily tractor parade, the Food Lion Local Goodness Marketplace,

Commissioner Steve Troxler: Get Your Soil Tested!

It’s the time of year when a lot of people are getting out working in their yards. The NCDA&CS Agronomic Services Division can help homeowners improve their yards and gardens with science-based recommendations. It’s a great time to take soil