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Contact: Brian Long, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs
(919) 733-4216, ext 242

Commissioner Troxler to view drought's impact on farms
in Western North Carolina Thursday, Friday

WHO/WHAT: Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will view the drought's impact on trout and hay farms in Western North Carolina.
WHEN: Thursday, July 19, and Friday, July 20

12:30 p.m. - Troxler will speak at the Hay Field Day at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville. He will also be available for interviews about how the drought is affecting Western North Carolina farms.

Afterward, Troxler will visit Sunburst Trout Co. and Sorrels Creek Trout Farm in Haywood County, which have been affected by the drought.

Friday's schedule will focus on forage and pasture losses.
8:30 a.m. - David Wyatt's farm in Mars Hill.
9:30 a.m. - Jake Griggs' farm in Mars Hill.
11 a.m. - Jason Hensley's dairy in Yancey County.
2 p.m. - Tommy Phillips' farm in Mitchell County.


The counties on Troxler's tour are experiencing severe drought. In the mountain region, 70 percent of topsoil moisture is rated either very short or short, meaning it is dry enough to stunt, or even stop, seed germination and crop growth.

Drought affects trout farms when water levels in the flowing creeks supplying the farms dip too low, raising the water temperature and lowering oxygen levels. Higher temperatures and lower water flows require trout farmers to sharpen their best management practices.

On-site media contact for Thursday and Friday is Bill Yarborough, regional agronomist with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, (828) 507-2273 (cell).

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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