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Agriculture Department Accepting Proposals For Specialty Crop Block Grant Program PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 07:51

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting proposals from nonprofits and government agencies for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Projects involving the following specialty crops are eligible: fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, culinary herbs and spices, medicinal plants, as well as nursery, floriculture and horticulture crops. Funding is also available for projects aimed at developing local and regional food systems and improving food access.

The deadline for applications is March 27.

The department will accept grant requests ranging from $20,000 to $200,000 from nonprofit organizations, commodity associations, state and local government agencies, colleges and universities.

North Carolina Exports Grow By 7% in 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 February 2015 05:59

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Fueled by exports to Canada, Mexico, and China, North Carolina businesses sold $31 billion in merchandise to international markets last year, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

That marks an increase of 7 percent from 2013. North Carolina’s export growth rate more than doubles the national average growth of 2.8 percent.

Canada is our state's largest export partner, with 22 percent of our sales. Next in line is Mexico at 10 percent and China at 9 percent. Growth countries include Saudi Arabia and Japan.
The state ranked 15th nationally in both overall exports and rate of growth.

North Carolina’s most significant merchandise export categories include chemicals, machinery, transportation equipment, computer and electrical products, and textiles.  Other export categories with high growth include electrical equipment, appliances and components, food and wood products.

Ray Grace Re-Appointed Commissioner of Banks PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 February 2015 05:55

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Ray Banks will serve another term as North Carolina's Commissioner of Banks, thanks to a re-appointment by Gov. Pat McCrory. He was first appointed to the job by McCrory in 2013 and was originally appointed by Gov. Beverly Perdue.
Grace served as Chief Deputy Commissioner of Banks prior to becoming the Acting Commissioner, and as the Deputy Commissioner before that. He began his career as a commercial bank examiner.  
Assets under his supervision were more than $240 billion as of September 2014, according to state data.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 February 2015 05:58
Gov. Pat McCrory's Public Schedule For Friday, February 13, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 13 February 2015 05:45

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is Gov. Pat McCrory's public schedule for Friday, February 13, 2015, as released by  his office.

2 p.m.
Tour of Manufacturing Methods
Manufacturing Methods
2266 Mount Misery Road

OPEN to credentialed press only.

2:30 p.m.
Business and Industry Roundtable Discussion
Brunswick Community College Leland Center
2045 Enterprise Drive Northeast

OPEN to credentialed press only.


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