Steve Troxler
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"Steve Troxler" is a tobacco farmer and the United States Republican Party/Republican North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture/Commissioner of Agriculture for the U.S. state of North Carolina, sworn in February 8, 2005 after an extended election dispute following the North Carolina Council of State election, 2004/November 2004 statewide election.

Troxler, a resident of Browns Summit, North Carolina, studied conservation biology/conservation at North Carolina State University, earning a bachelor's degree in 1974; he later founded a family tobacco and wheat farming operation.

Troxler ran for the post of North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture in 2000, losing to Meg Scott Phipps; he ran again for the same position in the North Carolina Council of State election, 2004/2004 Council of State election, finishing only 2,000 votes ahead of incumbent United States Democratic Party/Democrat Britt Cobb. However, because over 4,000 votes were lost in Carteret County, North Carolina/Carteret County, the race was unresolved for over three months. After extended legal battles between Cobb and Troxler, Cobb conceded the race on February 4, 2005.

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This is a tremendous opportunity for people in rural North Carolina, ... It couldn't come at a better time, with our farmers making a transition after the end of the tobacco program. It could be the silver bullet we've been looking for.

Throughout his career, Joe has shown strong leadership and creative thinking, two traits that will serve him well in overseeing our tremendously important efforts to protect the safety of food, drugs and cosmetics in North Carolina.

These farmers were in danger of falling through the cracks, and we've been working with the governor's office to make sure that doesn't happen, ... I appreciate Governor Easley approving this additional aid, which they so desperately need.

I saw water in fields and crops affected by high winds.

Fortunately, at this point there doesn't appear to be much in the way of damage to farm structures. However, these estimates are preliminary, and we won't know the full extent of the damage for several days.

We take it from that they are very, very interested in North Carolina fruits and vegetables.

Because these losses had been verified during the federal relief process, we were able to start sending out checks, ... This is just the beginning. We are still working to verify damages to crops, structures and farm equipment, and we will issue checks for those losses in the coming months.

Proper hand-washing with the soap, water and paper towels, we believe, is the key.

We want to collect as many supplies as possible, ... I encourage North Carolina farmers who have extra or surplus items to donate to their counterparts in Mississippi.