Monthly Archives: January 2012

Southern Farm Show Kicks Off Today

Today the Southern Farm Show kicks off with the opening breakfast, then, David Zimmerman, President of Southern Shows and producer of the Southern Farm Show says that the NC State Fairgrounds are jam packed with exhibitors: “We’ve got another great

Market Summary: Corn Futures Pull Wheat and Soy Down

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Market Recap: Livestock Falters on Demand Worries

Lean hog futures faced a round of losses as wholesale markets continued to reflect slack demand. February hog futures fell 22 to 86.45, April hog futures fell 22 to 87.15.   U.S. live cattle futures opened the week with losses

Commodity Groups Trying to Come Together on Farm Bill

Leaders of major farm and commodity groups will huddle today and Wednesday in Washington, D.C. to learn more about the congressional timeline for writing a new farm bill. They’ll also try to put an end to their very public feud

Application Deadline Close to Apply for NC Cost Share Funds

North Carolina Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler is excited about the General Assembly allocating funds to help farmers upgrade water systems on farms: “This year the legislature actually allocated $1 million to the AgWRAP cost share program to address some water

Feeding the World, So Far, So Good

Don Hofstrand – Iowa State University emeritus ag economist says world agriculture has been successful in keeping up with world population growth over the last half of the 20th century. In fact -Hofstrand says agriculture's food production has increased faster

U.S. Ag Exports to Mexico Still Growing

USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network reports that Mexico has become one of our largest and fastest-growing trading partners. The report shows exports of consumer-oriented products to Mexico reached almost 6.5-billion dollars in 2010 – making the country

USTR Reports Progress in Trade Talks

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk has announced important progress with Japan on a range of trade and regulatory issues as well as on new areas of joint cooperation. Working through the U.S.-Japan Economic Harmonization Initiative – Kirk says Japan has

SC Ag Commissioner Pleased that Ag is Out of Political Spotlight

The state of South Carolina recently held their 2012 primary, and the election cycle has since moved to Florida, but Commissioner Hugh Weathers is pleased that agriculture is staying out of the political spotlight.  Mr. Weathers says that by staying

Cost Share Funding Available for Water Management on NC Farms

North Carolina's Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says that the state Soil and Water  Conservation Commission recently approved some cost-share funding to help farmers meet their water needs.  The Commissioner allocated $340,000 to the Agricultural Water Resources Assistance Program for the