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State Looks For New Way To Entice Young People Into Agriculture PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 February 2015 06:24

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - With the average of the North Carolina farmer hitting 59, the state's Agriculture Department has embarked on a new effort to recruit and train young people in the business.

The N.C. State Fair Youth Livestock Scholarship Program is designed for high school seniors and students currently enrolled in an institute of higher education who have participated in the junior livestock or market turkey shows at the N.C. State Fair.

As many as two dozen scholarships valued at $2,000 will be awarded.

“To keep agriculture strong, we need to invest in our next generation of farmers," said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler in a statement. "I’m proud that the State Fair is recognizing the hard work of the youth who show livestock each year, and is encouraging them to continue their education.”

The scholarships can be used at universities, community colleges and technical schools. The application package is available online at www.ncstatefair.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 06:25
John Broadman To Join N.C. Energy Policy Council PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 06 February 2015 06:02

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A retired U.S. Department of Energy official who now lives in Carteret County will take a seat on North Carolina's Energy Policy Council.

John Brodman served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Energy Policy, Office of Policy and International Affairs in the federal government from 1981 to his retirement in 2006.

He has been appointed to a three-year term by Gov. Pat McCrory. The council’s purpose is to advise and make recommendations to the governor on increasing domestic energy exploration, development and production within the state and region to promote economic growth and job creation.

Audit Results: North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 06 February 2015 05:40

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The state Auditor's office has released results of an audit of the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board. There are one or more reportable findings.

Report Summary:

Our audit identified matters that are considered reportable under Government Auditing Standards. These matters include: 1) The Board’s contract with its management company did not adequately define the company’s responsibilities, and the Board did not effectively monitor contract performance; 2) The Board often took an excessive amount of time to investigate complaints; and 3) The Board did not accurately report performance data as required by a grant from the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. Details about these matters are provided in the Findings, Recommendations, and Response section of the report.

The complete audit can be found at http://www.ncauditor.net/EpsWeb/Reports/FiscalControl/FCA-2014-8170.pdf

North Carolina Democrats' Response To Gov. McCrory's State of the State Address PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 February 2015 06:38

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina Democrats painted a much different picture of North Carolina in their response to Gov. Pat McCrory'sState of the State address on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

Democratic Leader Larry Hall of Durham delivered the 5-minute response.

He said the North Carolina economy has not recovered for the middle class and that the governor and Republicans are failing to sufficiently to help the middle class.

"Today, middle-class families in other states are finally a little more optimistic about their future, more secure in their mortgages and more confident in their ability to provide for their families. But the fact is too many families here in North Carolina are still living paycheck to paycheck. Too many moms and dads are staying up at night worrying about creating a better future for their children. For them, the recovery just isn't complete yet. Now is the time to focus on building an economy that works for everyone, not just the very wealthy and a chosen few," he said.

The full transcript of the Democratic response can be found at http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/halls-speech-responding-nc-state-state-address-2786797


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