Monthly Archives: February 2014

“Excellence in Agriculture” and “Innovative Young Farmer” winners at the Tobacco Farm Life Breakfast

The Tobacco Farm Life Museum “Excellence in Agriculture” award was presented recently to Jerome Vick, the patriarch of the Vick Family Farms operation in Wilson Co. Jerome and his wife, Dianne, started their farming operation with 15 acres of land

Former Ag Secretary John Block; “GE To The Rescue”

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South Carolina Remains Drought Free

  The state of South Carolina remains drought free as reported in the latest drought monitor released by USDA yesterday.  Three months ago more than 90% of the Palmetto State was experiencing abnormally dry conditions, and one year ago, 75%

NC Broilers & Fryer Production Up

At the 2 livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro a total of 1152 cattle and no goats were sold.  Slaughter cows trended mostly steady to $4.00 lower, feeder steers trended mixed, and heifers trended mixed when compared

Winter Struggles are Hopefully Behind Us

There won’t be many folks that will be sorry to see February go with the promise of warmer, dry days ahead.  Don Nicholson, Region 7 field agronomist with North Carolina Department of Agriculture says it’s been a trying winter for

USDA’s RMA Adjusts Final Planting Date for Cotton

Earlier this week, the Risk Management Agency released adjusted planting dates for insurance purposed for cotton in many North Carolina and Virginia counties.  Russ Vollmer, Marketing Supervisor for Rain & Hail Insurance: “That was a positive change as far as

Is Health Care Slowing

For decades one sector we could count on for growth was health care. But today there are some signs that that is changing. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden explains what’s happening. “For the first time in I don’t know

Investigators bide their time to catch invasive weeds

Winter weather has covered the tracks of a pair of plant pests that invaded South Carolina last fall, but Clemson University investigators will be waiting for them when they emerge in the spring. “In the winter as plants die back

Grain Sorghum a Learning Curve, but Worth It

Lance Herndon began growing sorghum on his farm near Parkton, NC for a variety of reasons: “I had initial interest because my father-in-law had seen the crop grown up in the Piedmont. He thought I might be able to find

Ag Exports to China Continue to Grow

The Chinese are an important part of the North Carolina Ag Economy, and that importance continues to grow.  Peter Thornton, Assistant Director of International Marketing with North Carolina Department of Agriculture explains that the focus of agricultural marketing in China