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FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2007

Contact: Brian Long, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs
(919) 733-4216
Kevin Hardison, marketing specialist
NCDA&CS Marketing Division
(919) 218-2156

Troxler to visit peach orchards May 30 to survey Easter freeze damage

RALEIGH - Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will meet with peach growers in the Sandhills area Wednesday, May 30, to survey peach crops damaged by the Easter weekend freeze. Troxler will tour farms in Moore, Montgomery and Richmond counties and be available to talk to media from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Following is an itinerary for the media availability:

  • 1 p.m. - Meet at Parsons Farm Market on N.C. 211 E., Candor, to tour orchard. Phone numbers are (910) 974-3887 or (910) 974-9755.

  • 2 p.m. (approximate) - Travel to Ken Chappell's farm stand on N.C. 211, Candor. Phone number is (910) 673-3375.

  • 3 p.m. (approximate) - Travel to Kalawi Farm stand at 1515 N.C. 211, Eagle Springs. Phone numbers are (910) 673-5996 or (910) 673-3245.

Peach growers in North and South Carolina reported heavy blossom losses immediately following the Easter weekend freeze. At that time, there was also concern about the potential long-term damage to trees, but more time was needed to determine whether this would be an issue. Troxler will be touring orchards to assess overall damage.



NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047