Monthly Archives: December 2012

Former Ag Secretary John Block –

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Milk, grocery prices on the rise if Congress ignores farm bill

Santa suit-clad warriors who've stormed the Hill protesting for a Christmas free of concern that their tax rates will soar Jan. 1 may have more at stake than they realize: Even if lawmakers manage to patch together a makeshift bridge

N.C. winter fruit and veggies served up through the NCDA&CS Farm to School Program

As the calendar year comes to an end, North Carolina cabbage, broccoli crowns, Romaine lettuce, apple slices, sweet potatoes and collards were featured in school lunches in 59 school systems across the state as part of the N.C. Department of

Largest Stevia Producer To Expand Acreage In Southeastern U.S.

Sweet Green Fields, the leading U.S. based global producer of stevia extracts, today announced its plans to significantly expand its stevia crop in the Southeastern U.S. Based on the crop's performance during the 2012 growing season, along with the support

Retail Egg Demand Still Good

Cotton Slips to One-Week low

Lean-hog futures finished lower Thursday, weighed down by technical selling signals and uncertainty ahead of this Friday's quarterly government hog supply report, which some expect to be somewhat bearish on hog supplies. February lean hogs lost 0.42 cent, or 0.5%,

Beer Makes Beef Better

Something unusual is brewing at the Texas T Kobe ranch. That's where Gene Terry has begun giving his cattle beer–two bottles per head per day. Terry says the beer produces juicier beef. Michael Board reports from San Antonio.   “You’ve

Pee Dee REC Working on Commercial Biomass Production

Several biomass crops are being researched at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center near Florence, South Carolina. Jim Fredrick, Professor at Clemson University is working on biomass production and management: “My longest project has been working on switch grass,


The Biofuel Center of North Carolina celebrated its fifth birthday earlier this year. Since it’s inception, a great number of plant materials have been grown and tested for their suitability as a biofuel stock, ability to transport nitrogen out of

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – NC Economic Outlook