Monthly Archives: January 2014

Monsanto Launches New Scholarship Program

Monsanto is launching a new scholarship program called America’s Grow Ag Leaders Program.  Elizabeth Vancil, Customer Outreach Manager at Monsanto Company: “This is a new scholarship program that is offering high school and college students $1500 to further their education

Weather Slows Down NC Cash Grains

At the livestock auction held Tuesday in Mount Airy, a total of 347 cattle were sold.  Trends were unavailable.  The offering of cattle was light due to winter weather conditions. Quality was average.  Average dressing slaughter cows brought $80-$95, with

New SFNToday Site Unveiled

Southern Farm Network’s Farm Director, Rhonda Garrison and Mike Davis highlight the brand new SFNToday dot com. “We remade If you are a user of all of the information that you have enjoyed at that site before is

Trends in Worker Salaries

Many of those concerned about the economy have focused recently on the unemployment rate and jobs. Perhaps an equally important issue is pay. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains that, over the past five years, salaries have not kept

Peanut farmers to plan for new season at Santee meeting

Farmers from across the state will gather Jan. 30 for the annual South Carolina State Peanut Growers’ Meeting to discuss issues affecting their crop and the outlook for 2014. The annual meeting provides updates on peanut marketing and promotion and

NCDA & CS has released a Winter Weather guide for farms and agribusinesses

To prepare your family for a winter storm, consider the following: Restock or update your emergency kit. Always keep at least a seven-day supply of non-perishable food in your home and a gallon of water per person per day. Charge

LP Gas Shortage Affecting the Country

It’s been all over the news the past few days, there is a shortage of LP gas with the epicenter being in the Midwest, but its now creeping into the Carolinas. John Jessup, Executive Director of the NC Propane Gas

Ag Leaders Move Forward on Farm Bill

Farm Bill negotiators have announced a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on a five-year farm bill titled the Agricultural Act of 2014. According to a press release – the bill contains major reforms – including eliminating the direct payment program, streamlining and

DuPont Pioneer Working on High Oleic Soybeans for Double-cropping

DuPont Pioneer is developing a high oleic soybean, that when crushed will contain no trans-fats and have a stable shelf life as healthy oil for human consumption. Russ Sanders, Director of Food & Industry markets for DuPont Pioneer explains that

The Suply Side of the Health Care Debate

To say that the new Affordable Care Act has sparked controversy is an understatement, especially over consumer issues such as insurance costs and access to doctors and insurance. But some issues come from the producers’ or suppliers’ side, says N.C.