Monthly Archives: August 2012

New Influenza Virus Associated with Swine a Different Ballgame from 2009

In 2009, the country was in the grips of the H1N1 influenza virus, and while associated with pigs, the agricultural community railed against the term ‘swine’ flu. In the wake of the influenza outbreak several countries halted exports of US

2012 Cotton Field Day Covers as many Topics as Possible

The biennial 2012 Cotton Field day will be on Wednesday, September 12th at the Cotton Research & Extension Station near Rocky Mount. Dr. Jack Bacheler, professor and extension entomologist, NC State, specializing in insect management in cotton explains that the

Sanderson Farms Takes One More Step to Expansion in Eastern NC

Sanderson Farms announced that is has bought a parcel of land in Nash County, NC for a poultry processing plant. This will be in addition to the plant outside of Kinston, and feed mill nearby. The City of Wilson, NC

NC Ports Get New Chairman

Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue has chosen an outgoing Republican House member to lead the state panel overseeing North Carolina's ports. Perdue announced Wednesday state Rep. Danny McComas of New Hanover County is the next chairman of the State Ports Authority

Tropical Storm Isaac Welcomed in Drought-Stricken Areas of the U.S.

Tropical Storm Isaac may bring more rain to states impacted by drought along the Mississippi River valley – but experts don’t expect it will eliminate the Midwest drought – though it may ease the drought. The National Weather Service predicts

NC State’s Dr. Mike Walden – Big Changes are Occurring

Much of the economic news we hear is dismal, yet often we can see a glass half full rather than half empty. N.C. State University economist provides some glass-half-full examples of today’s economy. “First of all, the housing market, clearly

Agricultural Marketing Service Increases Value to Imported Cotton

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a final rule amending the Cotton Board rules and regulations by increasing the value assigned to imported cotton and the cotton content of imported

Duplin County Cowgirl Carries on Family Cattle Herd

Karen Scalf calls herself the “DC Cowgirl”, “DC” stands for Duplin County by the way, and she’s carrying on the tradition of Polled Hereford beef cattle: “My mother and father started it in 1949 when they purchased the first registered

Market Summary: Demand for NC Eggs Remains Light

Market Recap: Grains & Oilseeds Settle Mixed

U.S. livestock futures were narrowly mixed in light trading Tuesday as volumes were light, extending a recent trend. Lean-hog contracts closed mostly lower although the spot contract finished unchanged at 73.25, December futures fell 30 to 70.75 Short-covering and technical