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Next in Commissioner's Speaker Series to focus on farming as a career

February 23, 2010

"The Realities and Rewards of Farming as a Career Choice" will be subject of the next in the Commissioner's Speaker Series at N.C. State University.

The series is a joint project of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The goal is to combine the resources of the College and Department to further an interest common to both of them, namely preparing today's college student to lead and succeed in agricultural careers.

The series kicked off Thursday, Feb. 18, with a focus on international agricultural marketing. State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler opened the session and moderated a panel discussion with North Carolina agricultural leaders Patrick Ford, Scott Fields, Carson Barnes and Dell Murphy, who are all engaged in international marketing of North Carolina products. (Watch a video of the session at

"The Realities and Rewards of Farming as a Career Choice," an Ag Awareness Week Forum, takes place Thursday, March 11, at 6 p.m. in 3712 Bostian Hall, NCSU campus. Alpha Zeta will co-host. Commissioner Troxler will provide background information on North Carolina's diverse agricultural economy and offer insight from his 30-year career as a family farmer. He will then direct a discussion among North Carolina farmers, who will take your questions regarding the joys and discomforts of agricultural life.

The final event, "Innovation in Agriculture: What's the next big thing," is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in 1404 Williams Hall, NCSU campus. The Agricultural Institute will co-host.

This session will shed light on what experts believe is the next big thing in agriculture. Troxler will ask the brightest minds in the industry about their plans for changing the future of our industry.

For more information about the series, see the Commissioner's Blog.

Posted by deeshore at February 23, 2010 09:29 AM