Monthly Archives: February 2013

Farm Bureau Urges New Ag Labor Guestworker Program

American Farm Bureau Federation reports: A new, modern guestworker program for agricultural workers is needed so that U.S. farmers and ranchers can continue growing food, tending livestock and contributing to the nation's economy, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman

USDA Economist Lists Ag Industry’s Three Hottest Topics

Drought, economic strains and generational transitions will continue to be hot topics for the agriculture industry in 2013, but the sector still remains one of the top strongest in the nation, noted Economic Research Service (ERS) economists during the 2013

Clemson’s Intelligent Farm research aims to help farmers’ decision-making

One of civilization’s most ancient occupations is hoeing a new row in the digital age. Farmers for centuries checked their crops by picking up handfuls of soil, walking fields looking for insects or disease and watching the weather. Today, Clemson

Market Summary: NC Cash Soybeans Trend Higher

House of Raeford Fined by District Court

House of Raeford Farms Inc. has received a fine of $150,000 stemming from wastewater pre-treatment violations in 2005 and 2006 at its Raeford, N.C., chicken processing plant. The fine ordered in U.S. District Court comes nearly seven years after the

Market Recap: Sluggish Cash Prices Push Hog Futures Lower

U.S. lean-hog futures closed lower, pressured by sluggish cash prices and Tuesday's decline in wholesale pork prices. April futures shed 57 to 81.00, May hogs fell 3 to 89.20.   U.S. live-cattle futures rose on Wednesday on the back of

Arundo Donax Safe from Noxious Weed Designation in North Carolina

At the North Carolina Board of Agriculture’s meeting on Tuesday, whether or not to classify Arundo donax as a noxious weed in the state was at the top of the agenda. Vernon Cox, Division Director of the Plant Industry Division

NC Biotech Center Creates All Level of Jobs

As we continue our conversation with NC Biotech Center President and CEO Norris Tolson, he talks about the biggest companies in agriculture continuing to expand in North Carolina, especially in RTP, due partially to the work that’s done at the

Advanced Biofuel Pathway for Camelina Approved

The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its rule approving camelina oil as a new low-carbon feedstock under the Renewable Fuel Standard. With camelina oil added to the growing list of biodiesel feedstocks that meet the EPA’s standards for advanced biofuel

Farm Bureau President Testifies at Ag Labor Hearing

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security met Tuesday to discuss agricultural labor. American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman testified that a new, modern guestworker program for agricultural workers is needed so U.S. farmers and ranchers can