Tag:Steve Troxler

  • Q&A: N.C. agriculture commissioner addresses tariffs, state of farming

    At last count, there were 48,000 farms tilling crops and tending poultry and livestock on 8.2 million acres of North Carolina soil. Agriculture and agribusiness are the state’s No. 1 industry, contributing $87 billion to the state’s economy. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, the man overseeing the N.C. Department of Agriculture…

  • N.C. farmers about to feel the crunch of retaliatory tariffs

    As the trade dispute with China picks up, bigger farms in North Carolina are scrambling to cope with a shrinking market of customers. U.S. agriculture relies heavily on exporting its products overseas, where China is the world’s fastest-growing market and foreign consumers help keep farms in…

  • Farm forum discusses ways to boost N.C.’s top industry

    President Donald Trump’s rock-hard stance against several international free trade deals is softening, and immigration reform might include guest worker provisions. Those national topics — along with the importance of exports to the state’s agricultural market — headlined the 13th Annual Agriculture Development forum Thursday, Feb.

  • Next Farm Bill could target aggressive ag regulations

    Federal environmental regulations are battering farmers, and public policy research analyst Darren Bakst believes there is a mechanism to address the plight. It’s the next version of the federal Farm Bill, now in its early stages, said Bakst, a former John Locke Foundation researcher now with…

  • Agriculture Department, auditor clash over milk safety

    The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services bristled Wednesday at a state audit that found the department failed to responsibly enforce sanitary requirements at dairy farms and milk plants to keep Grade “A” milk safe for consumers. In a contentious report outlining the findings, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler disputed…

  • Political Lessons in Humility

    How could the NC electorate show no stronger level of support for Jim Hunt, a significant political figure since the 1970s, than they do for Scottie McCreery.