Clemson University researchers have announced they are working to create the Intelligent Farm. It will use computers, satellites, field sensors and cell towers to provide real-time information to improve decision-making and enhance farm prosperity, environmental sustainability and food security.
The goal of the Intelligent Farm is to provide the latest tools to growers and consultants, such as Clemson Extension agents and specialists, who can make better-informed decisions about where and how much water and fertilizer are needed. Researchers expect to realize dramatic benefits. Previous research on targeted applications has shown a 15 percent savings of water and a 25 percent energy savings, leading to increased farm profits.
Regional Grain Sorghum Meeting Scheduled for the Coastal Plain
There is a regional sorghum production meeting this morning at the Onslow County Multipurpose Complex from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Most sorghum acres in 2012 were in the Piedmont region of the state, but the crop is perfectly viable for the Coastal Plain as well. At this meeting representatives from NC State will present a variety of sessions to help farmers decide if sorghum is right for their farm.
USDA Economist Outlines Food Price Hikes Projected for this Year
Ephraim Leibtag, USDA economist, outlines some of the food price hikes expected for of the major food categories this year:
“A lot of the categories like beef, pork and poultry are slated in the 3-4% range. Fish and seafood are slightly lower at 2.5-3.5%, as are fats and oils at 2-3% and sugar and sweets at 3%. On the slightly higher range we have dairy products and fresh produce projected at 3.5-4.5%.”
Japan Not Required to End Tariffs to Join TPP Negotiations
U.S. and Japanese officials have announced that Japan will not be required to reduce its tariffs on rice and other agricultural products in order to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. But tariff levels on ag goods are part of the talks – and if Japan participates – the U.S. and Japanese governments say all goods will be subject to negotiation. A final decision to allow Japan into the Trans-Pacific Partnership would have to be made by all of the current TPP members.
Commodity Classic Almost Here
And the 2013 Commodity Classic is almost here! The is the only national convention and trade show that is put on by farmers for farmers gets underway Thursday in Kissimmee, Florida and runs through Saturday. The 2012 Classic saw a record attendance of 4,000 in Nashville; this year’s attendance is projected to be upwards of 6,000. For updates on the 2013 Classic stay tuned to our website later this week.
South Carolina Opens New Port
The State’s Port Authority in South Carolina breaks ground this week on a new inland port in Grier. The port will provide a place to transfer shipping containers between trucks and trains and provide a direct rail link to the Port of Charleston. Port officials estimate the port could eliminate 50,000 truck trips a year on busy interstate 26 between Charleston and the Greenville-Spartanburg area.