Monthly Archives: August 2014

Landowners Sue Murphy-Brown

Seven lawsuits representing more than 200 plaintiffs from five North Carolina counties have named Smithfield Foods subsidiary Murphy-Brown LLC in hog nuisance complaints. The lawsuits filed last week in U.S. District Court lodge numerous nuisance complaints against Murphy-Brown, including alleged

Cabarrus County Farmer Takes Educating the Consumer Seriously

Earlier this week at the 10th Annual Food Safety Forum, hosted by NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler, poultry, swine and cattle farmer Tommy Porter sat on a panel discussing food safety issues from the farm to the plate.  Porter takes

NC State Economist Mike Walden – Sputtering Electric Usage

Mary: I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at sputtering electric usage. Mike, this story should be filed under “watch out for unintended consequences”. The good news is that as consumers, we

Iowa Drainage District Pushes EPA to ‘Ditch the Rule’

During the week of August 18, 2014, I addressed the Iowa Drainage District Association regarding EPA’s proposed definition of “Waters of the United States.” The meeting in Ft. Dodge, Iowa, allowed farmland owners to learn about EPA’s proposal. I found

Clemson Dean Emeritus Scott, Sen. Peeler honored for agriculture support

Clemson University College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences Dean Emeritus Tom Scott and South Carolina Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler were named 2014 Advocates of the Year at the annual meeting of the South Carolina Advocates for Agriculture at the State Farmers

New Food Safety Guidelines Could Bring Changes to Farmers’ Markets

Tuesday was Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler’s 10th Food Safety Forum at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.  In outlining the coming regulations regarding fruit and vegetables in the Food Safety Modernization Act, things may change at farmers’ markets.  Doug Sutton, State

Weed Science Society of America Issues Invitation to Meeting on Herbicide Resistance

Weed Science Society of America is hosting a special summit in Washington, DC next month focusing on herbicide resistance.  Dr. David Shaw, Chairman of the Herbicide Resistance Technology Committee for WSSA: “We are excited to gather a large group of

Recent Rains Have Most Crops in Good Condition in North Carolina

In the latest crop progress report for the week ended August 24th, there were 5.6 days suitable for field work in North Carolina.  Topsoil moisture ratings were 2% very short, 9% short, 77% adequate, and 12% surplus.  Paul Westfall with

Demand Waning for NC Tomatoes

At the 3 livestock auctions held Monday at Canton, Turnersburg and Siler City a total of 1949 cattle and 43 goats were sold.  Slaughter cows trended mostly steady to $2.00 lower, feeder steers trended mostly $1.00 to $11.00 lower, and

NC State Economist Mike Walden – A Booming Part of the Real Estate Market

Mary: This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at a booming part of the real estate market. Mike, the real estate market has improved in the last couple of years, but