Monthly Archives: February 2012

Market Recap: Hogs Slip on Demand Worries

Commissioner’s Cup BBQ Cook-off & Festival

South Carolina's Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers is hosting the Commissioner's Cup BBQ competition on March 23rd and 24th at the State Farmers' Market in Columbia.  The first ever Smokin at the Market Barbecue cookoff and festival will hos the best

Farmers’ Markets have Opportunity to Advertise

North Carolina Department of Agriculture is offering cost/share grants to local farmers' markets to advertise.  The funds are being offered in conjunction with The Tobacco Trust Fund to create awareness of smaller farmers markets around the state.  NC Ag Commissioner

Market Summary: Grains & Oilseeds Gain on Export Demand

Lean hog futures faced sharp losses on Monday due to a mix of technical moves and enduring caution about the state of pork demand. April hog futures fell 107 to 88.65, May hog futures fell 102 to 97.70   U.S.

Cotton Inc. Hosts Ag Commissioners

Cotton Inc., based in Cary, North Carolina hosts producer tours several times a year, and the latest tour also hosted a couple of ag commissioners as well, including John McMillan, Commissioner of Agriculture for the state of Alabama. He explains

Funding Available for Farmers

While the state of North Carolina operates five regional farmers’ markets, there are dozens of smaller markets throughout the state that need to get the word out. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture, with a cost/share grant from the Tobacco

National Ag Day Set

American agriculture is responsible for providing the necessities of everyday life – food, fiber, clothing, and even fuel. That’s the message National Ag Day will be celebrated on March 8. The National Ag Day program is committed to increasing public


The U.S. Grains Council has released a report that states – the sophisticated food demands of newly affluent consumers in China and other developing nations are likely to cause major change in U.S. farming and food production, Asian food policy

Temporary Inspection Stations Speeding Exports

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has a total of seven temporary export inspection facilities supplementing the work done at the Agency's approved permanent facilities. These temporary facilities reduce the distance animals have to travel prior to export and

NC State’s Dr. Mike Walden – Do Oil Embargos Work?

There have been many diagnoses of what ails the economy. One of the newest ones is that the economy has been in something called a liquidity trap. It doesn’t sound good, but what is it? N.C. State University economist Mike