Monthly Archives: August 2013

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary –

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by Monsanto, and John Deere. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and prosperous rural America. Thank you. And now for

Virginia Farmer Selected As National Apple Grower Of The Year

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is pleased to announce the selection of Cordell Watt of Timber Ridge Fruit Farm in Gore as the Apple Grower of the Year. Now in its 25th year, the award is

Peanut Field Day coming to Edisto center

Clemson University will host a Peanut Field Day Sept. 5 at the Edisto Research and Education Center. The field day is free and open to the public and includes lunch. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The field tour starts at

Free EEE Vaccination Clinic in Cumberland County

The NC State College of Veterinary Medicine and the NC Veterinary Medical Association are sponsoring a free EEE equine vaccination clinic for horse owners in financial need this Saturday. The clinic will be held in Cumberland County where five of

Niche Soybean Farming in the Mid-Atlantic

Niche farming has evolved since the tobacco buyout almost 10 years ago, but some farmers have been at for some time, like Bryan Taliaferro of Montague Farms based in Center Cross, Virginia. They grow and contract a specific soybean especially

Market Summary: NC Cash Corn Trends Higher

At the 2 livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro a total of 905 cattle and 2 goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended mostly $0.50 to $1.50 higher, feeder steers trended $2.00 to $8.50 lower, and heifers trended

Market Recap: Profit-taking Pushes Soybean Futures Lower

U.S. lean-hog futures rallied despite increasing supplies and pressure from the cash market. The futures market's steep discount to cash prices is underpinning futures, analysts said. Lean-hogs for October ended up 127 to 87.32, December lean-hogs closed up 115 to

BioEnergy Field Day for all Carolina Farmers

Next Wednesday, September 4th, the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research station in Mills River will host their second Bioenergy Field Day. Ron Gehl, Asst. Prof and Extension Specialist with NC State Soil Science Dept: “This will be our second event that

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – Economic Measures

Data drives today’s society. In terms of economic data, when you look beyond the national numbers and focus on a state like North Carolina and even communities within our state, what are the best types of measures? N.C. State University

USDA Approves Secretarial Disaster Designation request for SC after Excessive Summer Rains

South Carolina farmers hit hard by excessive summer rains will soon get some relief.   United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack notified Governor Nikki Haley today that he approved her request for a Secretarial disaster declaration