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Got to Be NC fest shows off state's growing ag industry

Posted May 20, 2012
Updated May 21, 2012

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— The Got to Be NC festival at the state fairgrounds in Raleigh this weekend showed off North Carolina's top industry – agriculture.

State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said North Carolina is exporting more agricultural products than ever before. From 2007 to 2008, exports doubled from $1 billion to $2 billion.

Troxler recently saw the export increase firsthand on a trip to London.

"I walked into a grocery store, and there was a big banner that said 'North Carolina sweet potatoes,'" he said. "When you are that far away from home and people know about North Carolina sweet potatoes, that's very special."

Got to Be NC shows off booming state's booming ag industry Got to Be NC shows off state's booming ag industry

On Sunday, Nathalie Morse picked up some local sweet potatoes at the festival.

"I think it's great, because the more we can locally produce things, it keeps the economy going," she said.

From peanuts to honey to tomato sauce, the Expo building at the fairgrounds was filled with more than 80 vendors selling locally made products.

Farmers say they're benefiting from the "buy local" trend.

"I like it," said farmer George Wooten. "The challenge that we have is that there are a lot of growers in North Carolina, so we all have to share that market."


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  • oleguy May 21, 2012

    Show seemed a little off this year,, Not as many tractors and equipment, Lots of vendors selling, but not any farm equipment running. More like a small Carnival.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road May 21, 2012

    I trust 'Steve' was in London on his own dollar. I can see absolutely no justification for the State to pay for him to go.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 21, 2012

    Let's legalize marijuana, dump tobacco and REALLY get our Agriculture moving!

  • cwood3 May 21, 2012

    Great marketing job Steve & co. NC Agriculture is a wonderful aasset to the NC economy. Keep supporting our wonderful farmers.

    If you've not tried some of the NC wines, you are missing a treat.