Monthly Archives: April 2012

NC State’s Dr. Mike Walden – Tax Tips

Former Ag Secretary John Block –

Hello everybody out there in farm country. And now for today’s commentary—   May 15 is almost here. Look back 150 years. Abraham Lincoln was President and he signed a bill establishing the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The agency’s responsibility

Labor Department Releases Statement on Children Who Work in Agricultural Vocations

The Department of Labor released the following statement on the withdrawal of a proposed rule dealing with children who work in agricultural vocations.  SFNToday.com and SFN Today Radio will have local reactions and more on this story coming up on

N.C. State develops Mobile Hand-washing Units

As food safety issues continue to garner national attention, N.C. State University is helping farmers in North Carolina take steps to manage food safety risks. N.C. State has developed two portable hand-washing station prototypes as customizable models for local growers

Burger King Announcement Pleases HSUS, Concerns NPPC

By the year 2017 – Burger King will get all of its eggs and pork from cage-free chickens and pigs. The Humane Society of the United States has been pushing U.S. food corporations to consider animal welfare in purchasing policies.

Market Summary: Weak Wholesale Prices Push Hogs Lower

Immigration Reform Number 2 on Nation

Recently, we heard from Larry Wooten, President of the North Carolina Farm Bureau on the current situation with guest workers and immigration reform. Earlier, Wooten stated that NCFB was squarely against states involvement in immigration reform, but wouldn’t be opposed

BSE Detection System Working

On Tuesday, USDA announced that a case of BSE had been found in a California diary cow in a rendering plant. In Tuesday’s trade on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle contracts closed the 300 point limit down. On Wednesday,

Filing Deadline for Pigford II Settlement Nears

Black farmers in eastern North Carolina are lining up to talk to lawyers about claiming part of a more than $1 billion Pigford II settlement with the federal government before time runs out. Meetings are scheduled through Saturday in Fayetteville

Senate Ag Leaders Glad MF Global Execs Won

Heeding the call of Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Pat Roberts – MF Global Trustee Louis Freeh has dropped plans to pay bonuses to MF Global executives. Stabenow says it would have been absolutely outrageous if