7th Annual Ag Forum Highlights of 2011 – Looking toward 2012

In his state of agriculture address on Thursday at the 7th Annual Ag Development Forum, NC Ag Commissioner not only looked back at the year that was in 2011…which he’s termed as the ‘year that got away’ but to the future.  There are several issues that either directly involve agriculture, or impact agriculture, that the commissioner would like to see addressed.

One of the things that the Commissioner would like to see movement forward on is upgrading of the North Carolina Ports at Wilmington and Morehead City.  Troxler says that the loss of business out of NC ports:

"There's such a large percentage of agricultural products going out of other ports, especially Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia, that we raise in North Carolina, that I'm ashamed of it."

And in closing, the commissioner reiterated that in order for agriculture to survive and thrive, having discussions with the non-farming public is a must:

"I'm telling people no longer can you talk about agriculture, you've got to scream about agriculture if we're going to get it done."

The 7th Annual Ag Forum took place during the Southern Farm Show, which wraps up today at 4:00 pm at the state fair grounds in Raleigh.

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RR2 Soybeans Doing Well

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In comparison, based on 2011 harvest results, top-performing Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans achieved an average yield advantage of greater than 4 bushels per acre over soybean varieties with original Roundup Ready® technology.

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