NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler

NC State Fair Competitions

Beginning August 1st, the North Carolina State Fair will begin accepting entries for the many competitions that take place during the fair. This year will the 150th fair, and to commemorate that milestone, NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says there

Livestock Scholarships Awarded

Here in mid-July, college students are getting ready to return to campus, and 28 North Carolina students will be getting some financial help from NC State Fair Livestock Scholarships. These scholarships are designed for high school seniors and students currently

June Acreage Report

Recently, USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service released their planted acreage report, and for North Carolina there were a few surprises. NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says it was a surprise to see how many acres North Carolina farmers had planted

20 Years of ‘Consumers’ in the Name

It’s been 20 years since then North Carolina Ag Commissioner Jim Graham added the words ‘consumer services’ to the name of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. Over the years since, the department has grown to include more services for

North Carolina’s Industrial Hemp Production Progressing

It’s been only two years since NCDA and other have begun working on bringing industrial hemp production to the state through a research program.  There has been a lot of interest, and now 60 farmers have had their permits approved

2017 Census of Agriculture

2017 is a Census of Agriculture year, the census is conducted every five years by USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service. The year, the census will include a question about farmers who are active-duty or military veterans.  USDA’s goal is to

EEE Vaccinations Prevent Deadly Horse Disease

North Carolina’s State Veterinarian, Dr. Doug Meckes fills in for NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler this week talking about Eastern Equine Encephalomylytus, or triple E.  This is a mosquito-borne illness that affects the equine species.  While almost 100% fatal, the

North Carolina Places Well in Greenhouse Grower Magazine

Greenhouse Grower magazine released its list of top 100 growers in America, and North Carolina was well represented says NC Ag Commissioner, Steve Troxler. Making the list ere Metrolina Greenhouses of Huntersville at Number 6, Van Wingerden International of Mills

Sweet Potato Growers Beware of New Nematode

North Carolina’s Ag Commissioner, Steve Troxler says that sweet potato growers should be aware of an emerging root-knot nematode that has been identified in fields in eastern North Carolina. This nematode is knows as the pacara ear pod and has

10th Annual Got to Be NC Festival This Weekend

North Carolina’s Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says this weekend’s Got to Be NC Festival will have some old favorites, like the Pig Jib BBQ Competition, and the antique tractor display, as well as some new things like the bulldozer sand