The agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund recently awarded more than $2 million to help communities across the state protect farmland and promote agricultural enterprises. NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler:
“This year we were able to assist twenty projects with funding. This is good because the year before the money was actually swept out of the trust fund and we did not have any money to assist.”
While we think of the fund in terms of conservation easements, Troxler explains that the money goes to many different projects:
“This year they include three agricultural plans, seven agricultural development projects and ten perpetual conservation projects.”
And the economic influence of that $2 million will reach across the state according to Troxler:
“When you add up the economic influence of these projects, we think it will be about $11.6 across forty counties, and every region of the state is represented.”
For more from NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler visit the home page
Livestock, Poultry Producers Seek Relief
Livestock and poultry producers are seeking help to address a short corn supply, save thousands of jobs and keep food affordable for American families. With serious drought conditions moving across nearly two-thirds of the country – they say we have reached a critical juncture where federal policy meets real world realities. The extreme weather conditions – according to livestock and poultry groups – have caused a spike in corn prices and predictions that the U.S. may experience a severe corn shortage this summer. The groups – including the National Pork Producers Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Turkey Federation and National Chicken Council – say another short corn crop would be devastating to the animal agriculture industry, food manufacturers, foodservice providers and consumers.
Michael Welch is president of Harrison Poultry in Bethlehem, Georgia and past chairman of the National Chicken Council:
“Relief from the renewable fuel standards is extremely urgent. Very short corn crop will undoubtedly prove to be devastating to the animal agricultural industry, food manufacturers, food service providers and consumers, not just in the US but worldwide.”
Crude Prices Moderating, Gasoline-Not So Much
The price of crude dropped by 18 cents … down to 89-95 per barrel, yesterday. But oil analyst Tom Kloza says prices at the pump have been on the high side, and are likely to stay there. And as far as the RFS waiver…Kloza doesn't think it will be a factor in the price of gas, because he doesn't think it will be granted.
“I don’t think they are going to wave the mandate. So its really not a argument that is likely to force the price of gasoline one way or another, its more about future food prices for beef and pork, etc.”