Monthly Archives: February 2012

Four Vie for Position of Ag Commissioner in NC

The filing deadline for state office in North Carolina closed Wednesday at noon. The list of candidates for North Carolina Ag Commissioner is a bit more crowded for the May 8th primary than it was in 2008. On the Democratic

Market Summary: Grains & Oilseeds Gain on Near-term Supply Concerns

Market Recap: Livestock Futures Slip on Demand Concerns

U.S. livestock futures faced losses Tuesday from concerns over the strength of domestic meat demand, especially in the face of rising gas prices. Lean hog futures fell, pressured by growing suspicions that pork prices this year won't enjoy a seasonal

Cotton Acres Could Be Down While Irrigation in the South Increases

Recently, Cotton Board hosted producers from all 17 cotton producing states to a tour and information session at Cotton Inc. to demonstrate and educate producers on the work their checkoff dollars are going to support. A couple of ag commissioners

BOLD Study Boosts Beef

February Heart Month has been a revelation to many beef lover—thanks to a Pennsylvania State University study demonstrating a diet that includes lean beef every day can be just as heart-healthy as well-promoted plant-based diets. The Bee in an Optimum

First Commissioner

On March 23rd and 24th, the South Carolina Department of Agriculture and the State Farmers’ market in Columbia will host the Commissioner’s Cup Smoking at the Market bar-b-que contest. SC Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers:   “Bringing all the bar-b-que teams

Time to Bury Death Tax

The current estate tax was enacted in 1916 to help pay for World War I. Like many taxes, it was meant to be temporary. Initially, the top rate was just 10 percent. It was phased out for one year, However,

Suit Against Monsanto Dismissed

A law suit brought against Monsanto by the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association and dozens of other plaintiff growers and organizations has been dismissed. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York took Monsanto at its

More Corn Expected This Year

Corn prices topped 8-dollars last summer and that is expected to encourage an expansion in planting of corn this year. As a result, USDA predicts the price of corn could fall 20 percent and the stockpile could double. USDA expects

NC State’s Dr. Mike Walden – More Easing by the Fed?