Monthly Archives: March 2014

2014 Farm Bill Fact Sheet

The 2014 Farm Bill, signed by President Obama on Feb. 7, 2014, continues programs with modifications and authoriz-es several new programs administered by the Risk Manage-ment Agency (RMA). Please see this PDF for more details.

Farm Bureau on Water Quality Trading: It’s Complicated

Managing nutrients is complicated and any water quality trading system must take this into consideration, the American Farm Bureau Federation told Congress today. Although Farm Bureau supports the concept of water quality trading, such programs should remain under state management

Housing Disclosures Required by Wage & Hour Division

We have been visiting with Rick Blaylock, District Director of the US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division for North Carolina on some common problems found on farms. He is here to help those farmers side step these problems.

Seed Funding to Save Hemlock Trees Allocated

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler has announced the allocation of seed funding for a new effort to restore North Carolina’s hemlock trees to long-term health. Hemlocks across Western North Carolina are being decimated by the hemlock woolly adelgid, an insect that

NC Broiler & Fryer Processing Levels Off

At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 617 cattle and no goats were sold.  Slaughter cows trended $12.00 to $16.00 lower, feeder steers trended mixed, and heifers trended steady to $5.00 lower when compared to the

Implementation of Farm Bill Programs Progressing

The ink has been dry on the 2014 farm bill for a few weeks now, and as State Director of the Farm Service Agency for North Carolina, Bob Etheridge points out, now is when the work really begins: “Not only

NC State Economist Mike Walden: The Fed’s Plan

Host Mary Walden asks about the new Fed Chairperson Janet Yellen, who recently gave her first congressional testimony as head of the nation’s central bank.  Mary asks her husband, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, “Did Janet Yellen indicate what

John Block’s Weekly Commentary: “FDA’s New Nutrition Label – Proposal to Demonize Sugar”

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This is Rick Frank sitting in for John Block. This radio commentary is brought to you by Monsanto, and John Deere. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy

NCDA&CS offers Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting grant proposals from nonprofits and government agencies through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The program aims to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in the marketplace. It is managed

NCDA Wraps Up Flavors of Carolina for 2014

Earlier this week, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture hosted their second Flavors of Carolina Food Show for the year in charlotte.  The first show was earlier this month in Raleigh.  Southern Farm Network’s Bob Midles spent some time with