NC Commodities Conference Underway Today


The 28th Annual NC Commodities Conference gets underway this morning at 9:00 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham.  Today’s lineup includes a talk from NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler in the morning session, and world record holder for corn and soybean production Randy Dowdy in the afternoon.  The trade show, also at the Sheraton will be all day.  The day concludes with a ticketed banquet this evening.  For more information, visit

SC AgriBiz & Farm Expo Wraps Up Today

The second and final day of the 5th annual SC AgriBiz & Farm Expo is today at the Florence Civic Center in Florence.  Over 130 indoor and outdoor exhibitors will be present, as well as several educational sessions throughout the day promoting this year’s theme of “Efficiency on the Farm”.  Admission is $5 at the door, and all the educational sessions and information meetings are included.

Regional Weather Outlook Through the 23rd

USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, says above average warmth and precipitation in much of the country is the forecast for the period of January 17 – 23.

“We are looking at topsy-turvey temperatures continuing, and during this particular period, January 17th through the 23rd, we’re looking at a return of warm conditions throughout much of the country, particularly in the eastern part of the country.  And one thing that’s not going to change, is that we’re going to stay stormy, so we’re looking at above normal conditions, virtually nation-wide, greatest likelihood in both the eastern and western US.”

Pig Farmers Complying with New VFD Requirements

A recent survey shows that U.S. pig farmers are complying with the new federal rules regarding antibiotic use in their animals. The November survey done by the National Pork Board showed that 95 percent of farmers were ready for full compliance well before the January first deadline. Jan Archer, Goldsboro pig farmer and Pork Board President, says, “The pork industry has worked toward the deadline for two years. Pig farmers are committed to making the necessary changes regarding antibiotic use, with many discontinuing antibiotic use for growth promotion years ago.”

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.