Monthly Archives: July 2013

FDA Releases Second Phase of Food Safety Modernization Act

Last week, the Food & Drug Administration began implementation of the next phase of the Food Safety Modernization Act. This phase helps ensure imported food meets the same safety standards as food produced in the US. Deputy Commissioner for Food

Second Annual South Carolina Agribiz & Farm Expo Already in the Works

South Carolina's Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers is is already planning for the 2nd annual SC Agribiz & Farm Expo scheduled for January 16th and 17th, 2014 at the Florence Civic Center.  Commissioner Weathers touts the success of the first event

NC’s Ag Commissioner Encourages Small Grain Growers to Participate in Referendum

The North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association is holding a referendum on Wednesday, August 7th to reafirm the .005 assessment on small grains for the next six years.  The number of crops covered in this referendum are higher than in

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – Cautions on the Housing Rebound

Most of the news on the housing market has been good recently, with sales, prices and new construction all moving in a positive direction. But, as N.C. State University economist Mike Walden tells his co-host, Mary Walden, some experts are

Market Summary: NC Egg Market Holding Steady

At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 635 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended steady to $3.00 higher, feeder steers trended mostly $2.00 to $5.00 higher, and heifers trended mixed when compared to

Late-planted Soybeans Still Have Time to Mature

Soybeans are off to a slow start in the southeast with many acres still to be planted. NC State Extension Soybean Specialist Dr. Jim Dunphy:   “We got some beans in in May, and by and large those beans look

Arrival of PEDV Creates an All Hands on Deck Approach

It’s been with us less than a month, and it’s become the talk of the swine industry; Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, or PEDV. NC State Veterinarian Dr. Barrett Slenning explains the disease:   “It’s what’s called a corona virus, one

Blacklands Farm Managers Field Day Coming Up

The 43rd annual Blacklands Farm Managers Field Day is coming up on Wednesday, August 7th. This year’s host is Beaufort County, at the farm of Clay and Charly Respess of CKS Farms on Christian School Road in Pantego. Registration gets

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – News and Stocks

Although some say it’s a lost cause, many investors are constantly trying to predict patterns in stock prices. Recently a study focused on the impact of the news stories on stock prices. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden outlines what

Former Ag Secretary John Block –

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