In the latest information released by Public Policy Polling this week, they find the state all tied up for a second week in a row: Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are each at 49% and virtually no voters remain undecided. If Obama ends up pulling out another narrow victory in the state he'll have done it during the early voting period, according to PPP. In the race for Ag Commissioner, again, for the second week in a row, the gap remains 10% with incumbent Steve Troxler pulling in 48%, democratic challenger Walter Smith ranking 38%, with just 14% undecided.
Romney Ahead in Rural America Voting Intentions Survey
The election is approaching quickly – and Farm Journal Pulse sent a text message survey to farm country asking how they will vote in the Presidential election. After 1,984 votes – 85-percent say they are voting for Mitt Romney. Romney calls farmers and ranchers the backbone of America – saying they play a critical role in ensuring Americans across the country have access to safe and affordable food. Romney says the fruit of their labor nourishes the world – and he admires farmers and ranchers’ hard work in harvesting this country’s bountiful resources. While he seems to have won the heart of a majority of rural America – everyone will see on Tuesday if he has won the heart of the majority of the rest of the country.
NC’s Prize for Innovation Announced
Calling all creative, innovative and collaborative high school and college students in North Carolina! Do you have a big idea that could transform your community or a group of people within your community? If so, you could win up to $6,000 to make your idea a reality. In its third year, the Prize for Innovation is once again challenging students in North Carolina to work together to combat a problem in our state. This year’s challenge is to design an innovative product to benefit someone in your community. Applications are due Nov. 16 with finalists to be announced Dec. 3.
Prices Received for Farm Products Increases
The October Agricultural Prices report from USDA shows overall prices received for farm products gaining ground in October. Prices farmers paid for commodities and services also increased, but at a slower rate. The index is up 25 points from that of October 2011, the Crop Index is up 15 points and the Livestock Index increased 4 points from September.
Farmers and Ranchers Urged to Record Losses from Hurricane Sandy
Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia has urged farmers and ranchers affected by Hurricane Sandy to keep thorough records of all losses, including livestock death losses, as well as expenses for such things as feed purchases and extraordinary costs because of lost supplies and or increased transportation costs. Producers with damaged farmland should contact their local FSA office.
New FTA with Panama Removes Tariffs in Next 15 Years
The new U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreement went into effect yesterday (Wednesday) – eliminating tariffs and other barriers to U.S. exports to promote economic growth and expand trade between the two countries. United States Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Kirk says the partnership with Panama’s fast-growing economy adds up to support more well-paying jobs across the United States. With this agreement – half of American ag exports to Panama will become duty free – bringing an additional 2.2-billion dollars in ag exports.
South Carolina's Dry Conditions Intensify
In the latest drought monitor released Thursday morning, South Carolina’s drought conditions increased slightly. Last week a little more than 19% of the state was drought free, this week it’s just under 16%. In the abnormally dry category (D0-D4), area has increased from just under 81% to just over 84%, and the Moderate drought category (D1-D4) has also increased this week from about 9.5% last week to almost 14% this week. The area of the state experiencing moderate drought is in the counties along the Georgia border from Hampton to Anderson Counties, creeping into the upstate counties of Laurens and Greenwood. And for the first time since July, a very small area of McCormick County on the Georgia border is reporting severe drought. For more on this week’s drought monitor, click here.