Commissioner Steve Troxler: Ag Development Forum coming up Jan. 31

The 14th Annual Ag Development Forum is coming up Jan. 31 at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. The event features the annual Commissioner Troxler’s “State of Agriculture” address, along with an economic outlook and discussion with agricultural lenders. The event is sponsored by the N.C. Agribusiness Council members.

  • On Jan. 31, we will be holding the 14th Annual Ag Development Forum in the Holshouser Building at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. This event is held in conjunction with the Southern Farm Show that runs Jan. 30 through Feb. 1.
  • I want to encourage listeners to come join us for this informative event. It starts at 9:30 a.m. and features a variety of speakers including N.C. State University economists Dr. Mike Walden and Dr. Nick Piggott, and USDA Risk Management Agency administrator Martin Barbre.
  • The program will focus on the “state of agriculture” and the economic outlook of agriculture. We will also have discussions with agricultural lenders and an update on disaster recovery efforts.
  • In addition, the Exporter of the Year award will be presented during the forum.
  • We have a good program planned, especially in light of the disastrous year 2018 was. I am eager to hear the economists’ insights on 2019 and I am hopeful they will have some good news as we look ahead.
  • The Southern Farm Show is one of the largest in the Southeast. It takes up nearly the whole fairgrounds with equipment, supplies and service providers.
  • More than a dozen of our NCDA&CS divisions will be available to answer your questions. We will be set up in the Jim Graham Building meeting room. The Got to Be NC Store will also be selling merchandise, and you can pick up a copy of the brand new 2019 North Carolina Agriculture magazine at the show.
  • This is a great time to come Raleigh. Make plans to attend the farm show and come for the Ag Development Forum as part of your day. You’ll find plenty to see and do.
  • I appreciate the support of the members of the N.C. Agribusiness Council for sponsoring the forum, which includes lunch.
  • We ask that you go online and register so we have a good head count for lunch. You can find a link to register on our home page at