Monthly Archives: March 2013

Secretary Vilsack Launches USDA

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will launch its ”StrikeForce” initiative in 10 additional states, including North Carolina. The primary goal of the StrikeForce initiative is to increase partnership with rural communities and leverage

Free rain garden workshop for professionals at Lynches River in SC

The Florence Darlington Stormwater Consortium and the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park are hosting a rain garden workshop for professionals. The workshop is free thanks to a grant from Waste Management, but space is limited. Registration is

Market Summary: NC Egg Prices Trend Lower Going into Easter Weekend

Market Recap: Grains & Oilseeds Finish Higher Before USDA’s Reports at Noon Today

U.S. lean-hog futures were pressured by profit-taking Wednesday, finishing mixed. April lean hogs added 57 to 80.07 the June contract slid 4 to 90.67.   U.S. cattle futures rallied Wednesday, on expectations for the week's cash trade, following limited sales

Carolina-Virginia Farmer to Cease Publication

Five months after purchasing Farm Progress and becoming North America's largest and most diversified agriculture information company, Penton is poised to unveil its new agriculture group in mid-April. In a few geographic areas where the combined businesses overlapped, primarily the

Tobacco Acres Up in Central North Carolina

USDA will release their planting intentions reports today at noon eastern. Don Nicholson, regional agronomist with NCDA in Harnett, Wake, Johnston, Wilson, & Wayne Counties talks about how he thinks acres will be distributed in his region of North Carolina:


Clemson University, along with the Angus Foundation will host a Cattlemen’s Boot Camp in early June at Clemson. Sheila Stannard, Director of Activities and Events for the American Angus Association gives an overview of the workshop: “The Cattlemen’s Boot Camp

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – No Gas Tax?

Few drivers like the gas tax, but the money is an important source for funding road building and maintenance. So is there a catch when it comes to a recent gas tax elimination proposal? N.C. State University economist Mike Walden

NCDA&CS offers grants for specialty crops: Deadline for applications is April 26

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is offering about $1 million in grants to government, collegiate and nonprofit agencies interested in improving the competitiveness of specialty crops across the state. The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is managed

USDA Urges Farmers & Ranchers To Prepare For Continuing Drought

Home › News › Mar 2013 USDA Urges Farmers & Ranchers To Prepare For Continuing Drought Press Release by Issuing Company Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 With the prospect of a continuation of one of the worst droughts in nearly 50