It’s one of the highlights of the winter show season, and one of the largest farm shows in the Southeast, the Southern Farm Show. David Zimmerman, president of Southern Shows, producer of the Southern Farm Show:
“We’ve got another great show, we’ve filled up all the buildings again at the NC State Fairgrounds, and have I think, more outdoor exhibits than we’ve had in a long time, so another great show in the works.”
In addition to the old favorites that are at the Southern Farm Show every year, we always look forward to new exhibitors. Zimmerman says there’s about 50 new companies this year:
“I think this year we have about 50 new companies who were not there last year, and they range from companies like the Landau Corporation, you know, who make the seeding, planting and tillage equipment, to small seed companies, and small companies who are just breaking into the ag area.”
The 2012 Southern Farm Show gets underway on Wednesday, February 1st with a kick off breakfast at the Hunt Horse Complex at 7:00 am and runs through Friday, February 3rd at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. For more information go to: www. southernfarmshow.com.
Government Payments Lowest in Many Years
Did you know that U.S. Government payments paid directly to agricultural producers are expected to total 10.6 billion dollars in 2011? If realized, that number would be a 14.4 percent decrease from the estimate of 12.4 billion paid out in 2010. And the 2011 forecast will represent the lowest amount paid to producers since 1997.
Call for a Farm Bill that the Public Understands
Calling the latest Farm Bill negotiations some of the most challenging and critical of his career, North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad has laid out a strategy for the development of a new Farm Bill. Conrad says we need a new farm bill that is easily defensible to the broader public.
Conrad is concerned that powerful media outlets on the east and west coasts, along with opponents of government programs, have downplayed the vital role production agriculture plays – to the health of the nation and have been unfairly critical of federal farm programs.
Focusing On Food Safety Consolidations
If Congress gives the Obama Administration the green light to reorganize the government, a single federal food safety agency is likely. If that happens, Office of Management and Budget Director for Management Jeff Zients believes the first proposal will be to merge the six business-oriented agencies, folding together the Commerce Department's core business and trade functions, the Small Business Administration, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.