Ag Forum Scheduled During Southern Farm Show

NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler invites everyone to attend the 8th Annual Ag Development Forum on Thursday, January 31st in the Holshouser Building at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.  This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Nick Piggot, NC State agricultural economist, and of course the commissioner will deliver his State of Agriculture in North Carolina address.

The event is free, and includes a sponsored lunch.  For meal preparations, they'd like to know you're coming, so please register at by Friday, January 25th. 

“The 8th Annual Ag Development Forum is coming up on Thursday Jan 31st at the State Fairgrounds. The forum is going to take place from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and will be in the Holshouser building. It’s a wonderful opportunity for farmers and agribusiness people to view what is new and great in equipment and processes, but also to get information about what is happening in agriculture in NC. With 2012 behind us we will be talking about what the future holds. We hope to give good information so they can make good decisions on the crops they plant to have another record year this year.

Dr. Nick Piggott is our keynote speaker and someone I really respect. He is an ag economist at NC State. I have brought him into the Department to speak to my leadership team on several occasions. He is very insightful and entertaining. He is originally from Australia, but now a US citizen.

We will also hear from some who have had success bringing their food to the local markets. It is one of the opportunities that we have seen grow in NC, and its given a lot of smaller farmers the opportunity to be successful. We are excited for these people to share the stories of how they succeeded.

I will also be giving a state of agriculture address. Its an exciting time for me to talk about not only the past year but also the future. I couldn’t be any more excited about what I see as the future agriculture and agribusiness in NC. This past inaugural weekend, Governor McCrory talked about agriculture and agribusiness several times in his inaugural speech and its exciting for me to see an administration come in and realize that if they help these folks out a little bit, they can do great things in NC. That is what ahead of us, I want to talk about the specifics of that.

Admission to the forum is free, but please register by Jan 25. Lunch is included.” 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.