Monthly Archives: January 2014

Former Ag Secretary John Block – “Wish List”

audio, 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

The Power and Pitfalls of Big Data

There’s been a lot of buzz about “big data” recently in both urban areas and out in the countryside. Big data has always surrounded us in varied shapes and forms, but many times we don’t realize it. How many times

Palmetto State Sees No Change in Drought Conditions

Thursday’s drought monitor for South Carolina remained the same as the previous several weeks with more than 97% of the state drought free, and about 2 2/3rds of the state in abnormally dry conditions.  Moisture from this week’s snow and

Snow on the Sand in the Carolinas

It’s not every winter you see snow on the beach in the Carolinas, but this most recent winter blast left as much as 6” of snow on the Outer Banks, and interior coast line.  Rod Gurganus, director of Beaufort County

Weather Conditions Continue to Hamper NC Cash Markets

At the livestock auction held Wednesday in Norwood, a total of 199 cattle were sold.  The offering of cattle was light due to winter weather conditions. Quality was average.  Average dressing slaughter cows brought $82-$93, with high dressing up to

Southern Farm Network wants you for the New SFNToday

We at the Southern Farm Network are just about as proud as new parents can be with a new site launched yesterday. So far so good! One of the new components of the site is called “In Your Backyard.” Bob

Do People Work Harder During Recesssions?

Economic production fell less than the employment dropped in the recession, implying that worker productivity increased. Traditionally thinking holds that this was because businesses kept their hardest-working individuals and let go of their least productive ones.  N.C. State University economist

PEP Gives Cotton Producers Better Grasp of Policy, Issues

Thirteen U.S. cotton producers have been selected to participate in the 2014 National Cotton Council Policy Education Program (PEP) – which will give them an opportunity to learn more about the NCC’s policy development/implementation process and industry issues. Supported annually

ASA President Responds to State of the Union Address

Responding to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday, American Soybean Association President and Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser took the opportunity to highlight several of the association’s priorities and how they compare and contrast with the plans laid

Smithfield Foods Continues Expansion of Kinston Plant

Smithfield Foods Inc. is continuing its expansion of a pork processing facility in Kinston, N.C., committing to expand that current plant this year in a project that will include $16 million in personal property and equipment. The company — now