And the deadline is nearing to apply for farmland preservation grants. County governments and non-profit groups pursuing farmland preservation projects can apply for funding assistance from the NC Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on December 17th. The trust fund’s purpose is to support projects that encourage the preservation of qualifying agricultural, horticultural and forest lands to foster the growth, development and sustainability of family farms.
NC Ag Educator Receives National Award
Roger Teeple of Black Mountain, N.C., is one of only six individuals nationwide who received the National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Service Citation on November 30 at the NAAE annual convention in Atlanta. Teeple recently retired as an agriculture teacher at Charles D. Owen High School. In his time at Charles D. Owen, he has had numerous State and American FFA Degree recipients. The agriculture program has had 17 consecutive years of 100 percent FFA membership. This year there was a 10 percent increase in agriculture enrollment.
South Carolina's Closing Cash Markets
South Carolina closing cash grain bids on Wednesday; 2 Yellow Corn was 2 to 4 cents lower, 1 Yellow Soybeans were steady to 2 cents higher, 2 Red Wheat was steady to 11 cents lower, New Crop US 1 Yellow Corn had too few bids to trend, and New Crop US 2 Red Wheat was 2 to 11 cents lower.
Corn at Country Elevators—7.01 at Kingstree; 7.05 at Lynchburg; 7.41 and *6.47 at Estill; Processors—7.42 at Orangeburg 2; 8.20 at Monetta; 7.96 and *6.67 at Sumter; 7.41 at Cassett.
Soybeans Country Elevators—13.98 at Anderson; 13.73 at Kingstree; 14.03 at
Lynchburg; 13.82 at Orangeburg; 14.34 at Estill; Processors—14.49 at Kershaw;
Wheat at Country Elevators—*7.82 at Anderson; 7.01 at Kingstree; *7.31 at
Lynchburg; 6.95 and *7.58 at Estill Processors—*7.64 at Sumter 2; 7.75 at
Weather Patterns Could Change About Christmas Time
While still too far to pinpoint, weather forecasters are starting to get an idea of what the weather may be in various parts of the country for Christmas. USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey:
“Its way too early to make a Christmas Day forecast, for folks in the eastern, northwestern and north central US, look out for wintry or wet weather.”
The elusive jet stream that’s kept the southeast mostly warm and dry this fall is predicted to make a dip to the south according to Rippey:
“Under that storm track we don’t expect much moisture, for the central or southern plains. But we could see a lot of snow across the mountains in the northwest, and the possibility of rain and snow running parallel to the Atlantic Seaboard.”
USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey
Still Time to Vote for Carolina Finalist in USFRA’s “Faces of Agriculture”
And finally…time is running out to vote in the United States Farmers and Ranchers Alliance ‘Faces of Agriculture’ campaign. Both North & South Carolina are represented in the 10 finalist. North Carolina’s Bo Stone of Rowland, is a conventional farmer of row crops and his family’s P&S Farms also have a pork operation. South Carolina’s Eric McClam of Columbia is owner of City Roots, a three-and-a-half acre farm near downtown Columbia that focuses on organic fruit and vegetable production. To vote click here before December 15th.