Monthly Archives: February 2015

Former Ag Secretary John Block’s Weekly Commentary – “Dietary Guidelines”

“Dietary Guidelines” Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by Monsanto, and John Deere. They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and prosperous rural America. Thank you. And

USDA Provides One-Time Extension of Deadline to Update Base Acres or Yield History for ARC/PLC Programs

Farmers Now Have Until March 31 to Update Yields and Reallocate Base Acres; Deadline for Choosing Between ARC and PLC also Remains March 31   WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that a one-time extension

33rd Annual Meeting of the Tobacco Growers Assn. of North Carolina

Several hundred Tar Heel tobacco growers from throughout the state attended the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Tobacco Growers Assn. of North Carolina, also held during the Southern Farm Show. “Finding our Balance“ was the theme for this years’ event. A

Excellence in Agriculture and Innovative Young Farmer Awards presented

The “Annual Breakfast with NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler” to benefit the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in Kenly was also held during the Southern Farm Show. At the meeting, the Tobacco Farm Life Museum’s prestigious “Excellence in Agriculture” award was

Nominate your fire department to win a grain rescue tube

In conjunction with Grain Bin Safety Week (Feb. 22 – 28, 2015), Nationwide has partnered with the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), CHS, GSI and other contributors to award fire departments with grain bin rescue tubes and specialized training to

USDA sro 2014 crop values

Please see attached PDF for more information. Or visit their website.

NC State Climate Office Releases Second Blog

Last month, the North Carolina Climate Office began a year-long project on recounting the state’s most significant weather events. Corey Davis, Applied Climatologist for the State of North Carolina talks about the project: “The idea for this came together last

Farm Bill’s Crop Insurance Provision Under Fire

Proposed crop insurance cuts and EPA delays in issuing new renewable fuels targets continue to dominate ag lawmakers concerns. Lawmakers are also focused on the administration’s proposed crop insurance cuts – 16-billion over 10-years in new cuts to prevented planting

NC Cash Grains Follow Futures Higher

At the livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro, a total of 492 cattle and 11 goats were sold.  Demand was light and buyer activity was slow due to many buyers not being in attendance because of snow

Demand Worries Push Cotton Futures Lower

Cattle futures ended the session sharply higher on Thursday, lifted by optimism over demand, which encouraged some short-covering after a steep price drop over the past month. February live-cattle futures gained 277 to $161, April cattle rose 295 to $149,