With challenges facing North Carolina agriculture, particularly tobacco, the state’s agriculture commissioner, Steve Troxle, says it is time for farmers to take a serious look at new crops.
Delivering his annual State of North Carolina Agriculture address at the Ag Development Forum during the Southern Farm Show at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, Troxler said further research needs to be done on potential new crops to see if they will work in North Carolina.
North Carolina is already leading the way in developing industrial hemp as a new cash crop for the state’s farmers, but Troxler also sees potential for growing carrots that can be used for natural food coloring and producing veneering poplar trees, primarily used for making veneer.
“We are looking at bioenergy research projects. One of the successes that came out of this is…