Monthly Archives: June 2013

Former Ag Secretary John Block –

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Consider soil sampling after grain harvest

Due to wet weather, small grain harvest is running about a week behind schedule. Although growers are anxious to get full-season crops planted, it may be worth their while to take time to collect soil samples directly following harvest. The

Immigration Reform Makes it Through the Senate

The U.S. Senate has approved the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 by a vote of 68 to 32. The measure includes provisions to allow current undocumented ag workers to gain citizenship after working another five

Market Summary: NC Cucumbers Wrapping Up

At the 2 livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro a total of 966 cattle and no goats were sold. N.C. Broiler-fryers: The market is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand. Average

Market Recap: Wheat Futures Fall Ahead of USDA Reports

U.S. lean-hog futures Thursday surged to multi-month highs in most contracts and a new individual high in nearby July amid support from stronger-than-expected gains in wholesale pork prices throughout June. July lean hogs were up 202 at $101, August lean


The seven-year-old Best Dish in NC summer local food contest has been replaced this year with the Dig Into Local Challenge. Tim Parrish, NCDA Food Service Marketing Specialist: “As with any program, you are always looking to take it and

Chinese Officially Open Tobacco Buying Office in North Carolina

While they’ve been here for several months, the Chinese have officially announced opening a tobacco buying office in Raleigh. North Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Assistant Director of International Marketing, Peter Thornton: “Yesterday the leadership from the Chinese delegation visited with

NC Flue-cured & Burley Tobacco Tours Set

Registration is now open for the 2013 flue-cured and burly tobacco tours. The Eastern tour is July 15 and 16th with several stops in Johnston, Lenoir, Greene and Edgecombe Counties. The Piedmont tour is on July 17th with stops in

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – Where Are the Factories Located?

When we think about the history of our country and manufacturing, many of us think about the big steel mills and auto factories in the north and Midwest. Or of farms in the south and west. But this thinking may

Farm bill remains in limbo as Congress weighs options

The defeat of the farm bill in the House last week forced Republican leaders to reassess the best way to move forward, having only a handful of largely unpopular choices. The House could vote on the version approved by the