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5th Annual Got to Be NC Festival Underway Friday

The 5th Annual Got to Be NC Festival gets underway at noon Friday at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. The three-day festival showcases North Carolina’s agricultural heritage, as well the industry’s march into the 21st century, educating the non-farming public about agriculture the state’s number one industry. The Exposition Building will feature North Carolina foods and products, many for tasting and for sale, as well a carnival, antique tractor show, FiberFest and more. Entrance to the Festival as well as parking are free. How do you feel about the Got to Be NC Festival? Answer the poll question at the bottom of the homepage.

Virginia Farmers to be Surveyed

Approximately 1,800 Virginia farmers will be surveyed in June so federal agriculture officials can get a clearer picture of the nation's crops.
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will reach out to Virginia growers by mail, phone or in person during the first two weeks of June.
This is a follow-up to reports from farmers in March. Then they said they had planned to plant more acres of corn, soybeans and peanuts this season and cut back on cotton. USDA is now seeking a tally of what has been actually planted.

Commissioner Troxler to Continue to Support NC Agriculture

The North Carolina primary was just over a week ago, and NC AG Commissioner Steve Troxler has little time to catch his breath before campaigning for the November election:

“I have another election to go through in November, and it will be my job to convince the citizens of North Carolina that I should continue to be the ag commissioner of North Carolina, and lead the state’s number one industry.”

Troxler says since he took office, he’s had many accomplishments, and is looking forward to many more:

“Well, you know, the thing I think I’ve got to stress, is the importance of agriculture to the state of North Carolina, and also talk about the great things the Department of Agriculture has done in my tenure here, including becoming one of the leading states in food safety in the nation, the great increase in exports that we have experienced; the Got to Be NC campaign and how successful it’s been.”
Troxler won the republican nomination over Bill McManus, and faces democrat Walter Smith in November. Smith did not return repeated phone calls for an interview by Southern Farm Network.

Many Celebrate USDA's 150th Anniversary

It was 150 years ago this week when President Abraham Lincoln established the U. S. Department of Agriculture. As the department and its 30th Secretary, Tom Vilsack, celebrated the event, many others also celebrated. American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman pointed out that President Lincoln understood the importance of agriculture to America, realizing science and technology played a major role in the farming industry.

Many Nervous Over Economy

According to The Washington Post, across the U.S. economy, anxiety is rising about the potential for widespread disruptions after the November elections. That’s when a lame-duck Congress will have barely two months to resolve a standoff over taxes and spending. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.