Garner-based Butterball Awarded Exporter of the Year at Ag Development Forum

At Thursday’s Ag Development Forum, Garner-based Butterball was awarded Exporter of the Year. Joel Coleman vice president and general manager of international sales accepted the award:

“I would like to say from myself and on behalf of Scott Singleton who works with me, and the entire Butterball company, thank you to Commissioner Troxler and North Carolina Department of Agriculture for this honor and award. We are proud and excited to be recognized for our achievements.”

Butterball, which dates to 1946 is the world’s largest turkey processor:

“The Mount Olive processing plant is well known as the world’s largest turkey processing plant for annual tonnage and square footage under one roof.”

To hear more from Coleman, and others at yesterday’s Ag Development Forum, click here

Legislation on Housing Will Pass Later This Year

United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States expect legislation that would establish a national standard for hen housing will be introduced in Congress soon. Oregon Representative Kurt Schrader is expected to sponsor the measure in the House, with California’s Diane Finestein expected to sponsor the Senate bill. The legislation comes out of an agreement HSUS and UEP made two years ago to transition the egg industry from traditional caged housing to enriched colony caged housing. The two groups have set September 30th as the target date for passage of the legislation.
 

Senators Again Strive to End Redundant Pesticide Permit Requirements

Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns and Kansas Senator Pat Roberts have introduced legislation to eliminate a burdensome, costly and redundant Environmental Protection Agency permit requirement for applications of pesticides. Johanns says the agenda the Administration’s EPA is pushing amounts to more red tape, more roadblocks and more needless headaches. He notes the President has repeatedly promised to eliminate duplicative regulations – but says actions speak louder than words.

NC State Small Grain Specialist Offers Video to Aid Producers
 

NC State Extension Small Grain Specialist Dr. Randy Weisz has produced a short video to assist producers on the identification of Hessian fly, tips on control of broadleaf weeds and how to avoid resistance plus aid in the identification of Stripe rust. To see this video, click  here 

Potential Ban on U.S. Beef, Pork could lower Domestic Prices

As of February 4th – Russia may impose a temporary ban on some U.S. beef and pork products due to concerns they may contain ractopamine – violating Russia’s import rules. If Russia goes through with this ban – it could jeopardize more than 500-million dollars a year in exports of U.S. beef and pork to Russia. The USTR continues to call on Russia to suspend its unjustified measures and restore market access for U.S. beef and pork products. If the market closes – the U.S. could see higher inventories of beef or pork in storage – according to Global Cold Chain Alliance Director of Government Relations Lowell Randel – which could decrease U.S. meat prices.

Budget Cuts to Agriculture Very Real
 

The cuts are coming for real – according to lawmakers in both parties – and American Farm Bureau Deputy Director Dale Moore says producers will see and feel them. Republicans want to pocket 1.2-trillion dollars in 10-year automatic spending cuts that were averted with a two-month deal on New Year’s Eve – and move on to bigger fights over Medicare and Social Security spending. The earlier deal may take some of the sting out of the looming cuts – but Moore has this…

“Whether you are talking 5% or 8%, the fact that this is going to occur over the last six months of the government’s fiscal year can have a significant impact on programs as well as on personnel.”

Superbowl Sunday Almost another Thanksgiving

Superbowl Sunday is almost here, and let the eating begin! Almost like another Thanksgiving, Kathy Grannis with the National Retail Federation discusses how much the average American is expected to spend on Super Bowl activities:

“The average person will spend about $68, that is everything from food and beverages to furniture, team apparel and decorations. That is up from $63 last year.”

SC Peanut Growers Told to Expect Slack Year in 2013
 

Peanut growers in South Carolina are accustomed to feast or famine. So after a bumper year last year, they know what to expect.

South Carolina peanut growers planted more peanut acres during the 2012 growing season than in any previous year at 105,000 acres of peanuts last year. When combined with the best growing weather for row crops in a decade, the state averaged a yield per acre of about 3,900 pounds.
 

Clemson University Extension peanut specialist Scott Monfort told the S.C. Peanut Board’s 2013 Peanut Growers Meeting in Santee just like any other commodity, peanut pricing is subject to supply and demand. In 2010 prices were good, but by 2012 prices began to fall in anticipation of the coming yield.

Prices between $550 per ton and $650 per ton are good, Monfort said. In 2011, some growers saw $1,000 per ton. The new normal, at least for the next year or so, is likely to be around $475 per ton, he said, but the big unknown is how many tons of peanuts are in storage.


Potential Ban on U.S. Beef, Pork could lower Domestic Prices

As of February 4th – Russia may impose a temporary ban on some U.S. beef and pork products due to concerns they may contain ractopamine – violating Russia’s import rules. If Russia goes through with this ban – it could jeopardize more than 500-million dollars a year in exports of U.S. beef and pork to Russia. The USTR continues to call on Russia to suspend its unjustified measures and restore market access for U.S. beef and pork products. If the market closes – the U.S. could see higher inventories of beef or pork in storage – according to Global Cold Chain Alliance Director of Government Relations Lowell Randel – which could decrease U.S. meat prices.
 

 

 


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