Ag Forum Recap

North Carolina’s Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler hosted about 300 people on Thursday at the 12th Ag Development Forum during the Southern Farm Show at the State Fairgrounds.

Thursday’s program included economist Dr. Mike Walden and Dr. Blake Brown, as well as a federal policy update from Ray Starling, chief of staff for Sen. Thom Tillis.

There was also a lot of discussion about the many challenges of 2016 from Hurricane Matthew to the wildfires in the western part of the state.

In the commissioner’s State of Agriculture address, Troxler noted that the focus would be on helping farmers and agribusinesses recover from Hurricane Matthew.'

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.