Monthly Archives: April 2014

Brewers Grains & other Food Waste Safe from FSMA Rule

The past few weeks we have had some issues with the Food Safety Modernization Act outlining what brewers of beer can do with their used grain. They had been selling it to the livestock industry, but the new rule was

SC Peach Crop Predicted to be Late

South Carolina is the second largest peach producing state in the country behind CA and it’s a very important crop to the Palmetto State. But our winter has really affected the crop this year. South Carolina Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers.

Stantonsburg, NC Swine Facility Recieves Warning Letter

In response to information provided by Waterkeeper Alliance to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) in March, State Veterinarian Dr. David Marshall concluded that Murphy Family Ventures, LLC violated North Carolina law when the company disposed

NC State Economist Mike Walden: Cable Competition

The proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner has rekindled questions about competition in the cable provider industry, says host Mary Walden. She asks her husband, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden, “What are the key issues?” Mike Walden: Really,

Piedmont Triad Farmers Market to host Strawberry Day May 2

It’s strawberry season across North Carolina, and fans of the red berry are encouraged to celebrate it during Strawberry Day at the Robert G. Shaw Piedmont Triad Farmers Market in Colfax on Friday, May 2. The annual event will include

N.C. strawberry growers expect strong season

Despite a late cold snap, local strawberry growers are still expecting a strong season that will last into the first part of June. “It’s been a challenging winter season for strawberry growers, including a record freeze in early January and

Annie’s Project Offers Education to Women Farmers

A risk-management education retreat known as Annie’s Project is for farm and ranch women.  The national program will be offered in June in South Carolina at the Sandhill Research & Education Center in Columbia.  Topics include risk assessment, business planning,

Stocks Fall on Quarterly Results

Hog futures ended mostly lower Friday, pressured by a steady drop in cash and wholesale-pork prices. Most-active June hogs slid 1.02 cent, or 0.8%, to $1.2457 a pound. U.S. cattle futures rose into the end of Friday’s session, lifted by

Shortage of Tobacco Transplants this Year

As tobacco transplanting hits full steam, Bryant Spivey, County Director of Johnston County Extension says it looks as if there’s going to be a shortage of plants this year: “Looking at how the weather has been over the past couple

Check Corn Seedings for Freeze Damage

Much like this time last year, corn planting has proceeded in fits and starts, due to cold, and wet weather.  Aaron Alexander, Field Agronomist with DuPont Pioneer in North Carolina and Virginia says it’s been hard to find a dry