Daily Ag Summary

Senators to Trump: “Rejoin TPP”

A group of Republican Senators is urging President Donald Trump to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. The 25 lawmakers encouraged Trump to “work aggressively to secure reforms that would allow the United States to join the agreement.” In a

“Food Security is National Security”; Saving America’s Pollinators

A member of the House Ag Committee says food security has become national security. Ralph Abraham, a Republican from Louisiana, is a physician and former veterinarian… == A bill titled The Saving America’s Pollinators Act has been introduced in congress.

Rural Economy Shows Hopeful Signs; Perdue says ICE Not an Issue for Farmers; Total Farm Land Down

Economists are projecting that in many areas we are reaching what’s defined as “full employment” which is a jobless rate of five percent or less. But, what about those areas where jobs are still harder to find? N.C. State Economist

Syngenta Buys NC-Based FarmShots; Pilgrim’s Pride Proliferates Profits

Syngenta has acquired Raleigh, N.C.-based FarmShots, Inc., an innovator of high-resolution satellite imagery that detects plant health. Syngenta says FarmShots was developed to help farmers, agronomists and retailers quickly and accurately spot field issues caused by planter skips, poor plant

“What is Beef?”; Farm Bureau Responds to FARM Act

The United States Cattlemen’s Association wants USDA to clarify the definition of what is beef and what is FAKE beef, created in a laboratory. USCA is not the only industry group asking questions about how lab-grown meat will be regulated.

SFN News: AVMA Seeks Funding to Alleviate Veterinarian Shortage

Last week, the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced that 187 regions in the United States currently suffer from shortages of livestock and public health veterinarians. Six of those regions are in North Carolina with another three in

Tuesday News: Industrial Hemp a Challenge; WOTUS Stay Filed in Texas

Finding new crops to develop, building exports and making sure immigration provides needed workers. Those are among the key items on the agenda as State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler in his recent “State of Agriculture” Address. Troxler says the issue

Commissioner Troxler: Osprey Landings at Bladen Lakes State Forest

The N.C. Forest Service has reached a lease agreement with the Naval Facilities Command the U.S. Marine Corps that allows MV-22 Osprey aircraft to land on two 23-acre landing zones at Bladen Lake State Forest. The working forest is self-supporting

Pig Farmer Fined for Wastewater Violations; Bulls To Bolster SC Herds

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality has fined the owner of a Jones County swine farm $64,072 after the state agency’s investigation revealed the farm owner illegally discharged nearly 1 million gallons of wastewater from a hog waste lagoon on

China set to Retaliate; Farm Bureau Welcomes WOTUS Delay

China has launched an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation into US exports of sorghum. It comes less than a fortnight after Trump slapped steep tariffs on imports of solar panels and washing machines and two months after Washington’s decision to investigate