NC Ag Commissioner Troxler Optimistic about 2013

At the 8th Annual Ag Development Forum, NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler gave his annual State of Agriculture address to the crowd of about 200 in the Holshouser Building at the NC State Fairgrounds. Troxler points out that 2012 was a completely different year, agriculturally speaking than 2011:

“In 2012 we saw such good production. The strange thing about 2012 was as a farmer, when there are good commodity prices – normally they are good because I didn’t have any commodity to sell, but this year in NC we had great production and prices were good so we had a good year.”
 

With many record yields in 2012, Troxler is anticipating a good 2013 as well:
 

“Looking at the opportunities that are out there, in about every commodity and everything we do here in NC. We have had such a successful local food movement here and we are exporting a great deal of products, so everything is looking good.”
 

The subject of the two North Carolina ports has become something of an embarrassment the past couple of years, especially because other ports in neighboring states are getting much North Carolina’s agricultural export business due to lack of infrastructure. Troxler explains that that’s about to change:
 

“We missed the boat with the resources we have in NC. Since then we have had several meetings of agricultural and agribusiness people, and we tried to craft a way to try to influence the ports being better for agricultural products, that transportation infrastructure for agricultural products was better. We have a lot of people listening.”
 

In fact, part of NCDA’s initiative will be going in front of the Council of State according to Troxler:

“The Port’s Authority has approved cold storage at the Wilmington facility and it will go before the Council of State next week. This is huge for agriculture of NC and I am so proud that we have been able to get this done.”
 

Troxler says this is just the beginning of improving the two North Carolina ports to better accommodate all exports, especially ag exports to Europe and Asia.

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