Daily Ag Summary

Nuisance Lawsuits Against Smithfield Foods Hog Unit to go to Trial

  A federal judge has ruled that 26 cases comprising litigation brought by residents calling Murphy-Brown LLC hog farms an environmental nuisance can go to trial, according to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District

Moderate Drought Conditions in North Carolina Steady

  North Carolina’s Abnormally Dry conditions increased this week, as reported in the latest drought monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center on Thursday for conditions through Tuesday morning.  Early week rains were not able to abate the march of

Agriculture Depends on NAFTA

  The NAFTA renegotiations provide an opportunity to improve agricultural trade across partner countries. However, recent rhetoric and delays in the renegotiation are giving way to rising concerns over the trade deal’s future. Farm Bureau President from Missouri Blake Hurst

Cotton & Peanut Harvest Wrapping Up in South Carolina

  There were just over five days suitable for field work in South Carolina in the week ended November 12th, compared to six the previous week according to the latest Crop Progress Report issued by USDA. Rusty Skipper with Horry

NC Corn OVT Results Now Available

  NC Extension has released the 2017 Official Variety Testing, or OVT’s for corn.   This year’s testing was overseen by Ryan Heiniger, and his staff Phil Johnson, Johnny Denton, and Andrew Baucom.  Individual farms as well as Extension plots were

NAFTA Withdrawal Contingency Plans

  Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says he’s in the process of drawing up contingency plans for the agriculture industry, in case the U.S. withdraws from the North American Free Trade Agreement. The Washington Examiner says those comments come just days

North Carolina’s Abnormally Dry Conditions Expand

  In the latest drought monitor released by the Drought Mitigation center on Thursday, North Carolina’s Abnormally Dry conditions increased from 43.6% to an even 46%.  The area of moderate drought also increased from just under 8.5% to about 13.5%. 

New Soybean Variety Developed by Clemson Researchers

  The soybean planting season and growing region have been extended thanks to researchers at Clemson University’s Pee Dee Research & Education Center near Florence.  The Agustina soybean cultivar was developed and released by soybean breeders Benjamin Fallen and Emerson Shipe. Fallen said this

Soybean Farmers Waiting on Killing Frost to Harvest

  In the latest Crop Progress report released by USDA for conditions through Sunday, November 5th, there were six days suitable for fieldwork across the state, slightly more than the previous week.  Hugh Gray with Allendale County reports that a

Secretary Perdue Announces FSA, Rural Development State Directors

  Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced a slate of Farm Service Agency and Rural Development State Directors. All directors will serve as appointees of President Donald Trump. North Carolina: Len McBride Len McBride began his career with the Farm