Monthly Archives: December 2013

NC Congressman Price Praises Etheridge Appointment To Head NC FSA

Representative David Price (D-NC) issued the following statement today after President Obama appointed former North Carolina Representative Bob Etheridge as the next North Carolina State Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency. “Bob Etheridge worked tirelessly in Congress to help

Virginia Farmer Wins Overall National Title With Record 454 Bushels

Advanced production techniques, informed growing practices and improved seed varieties helped corn growers achieve high yields in the National Corn Growers Association 2013 National Corn Yield Contest. Amongst a record pool of 8,827 entries, Virginia entrants continued to far surpass

Final Tobacco Transition Program Payment next Month

We are nearing the end of the year and with 2014 comes the end of the Tobacco Transition Payment Program, also known as the Tobacco Buyout. North Carolina Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler: “In 2004 the Federal Government reached a settlement

South Carolina Department of Agriculture Year in Review

We are just hours away from the new year and this is a good day to reflect back on the year that was. In SC it was a very busy year. South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers: “Everyone remembers the

Syngenta Scientist Named Tar Heel of the Year

On Sunday, the Raleigh News & Observer named Syngenta’s Dr. Mary-Dell Chilton Tar Heel of the Year for her pioneering work in genetic modification of seeds for food crops. In June, Dr. Chilton shared the World Food Prize with other

Joint Commodities Conference to Focus on Marketing

With the New Year upon us, it’s time to start making plans to attend the 25th Annual Joint Commodities Conference at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham. CEO of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association Charles Hall explains that this

Tobacco Production Meeting Scheduled for Johnston County

The Johnston County Cooperative Extension is hosting a Tobacco Production and GAP meeting on January 9th at the Extension Center near Smithfield. Registration gets underway at 3:30 pm and wraps up about 6:00 pm with a sponsored meal. Pre-registration is

Share your thoughts on Cooperative Extension’s future

While listening sessions across the state have wrapped up, the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service is still seeking public comment as part of its ongoing strategic visioning and planning initiative. The visioning committee has a comment form to solicit insights aimed

New Tobacco Varieties and Variety Data

This year there are three new tobacco varieties available to growers. CC 143 is available from Cross Creek Seed, GL 395 from Gold Leaf Seed, and F. W. Rickard Seed is offering NC 925. Fortunately, each of these new varieties

NCDA&CS offers free price-risk management workshops for farmers

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will host eight free price-risk management workshops across the state to help farmers better understand the futures market and other trading options to sell their commodities. The series, “Managing Price Volatility/Identifying Macro