The Southern Cotton Growers Association represents cotton producers from the southern states of Virginia, North & South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. Allen McLaurin from Laurinburg, NC is Chairman of the Southern Cotton Growers and took time out at the Beltwide Cotton Conference in San Antonio to talk about prospective cotton acres in NC in the 2013 growing season:
“I think we will be down in the 500,000 acre range in NC.”
McLaurin explains that it’s just part of the acreage cycle and following the money:
“We have an abundance of cotton now throughout the world. Grain prices with corn, wheat and soybeans are very strong. It’s very tempting for farmers to want to go to these more profitable crops.”
McLaurin wanted cotton growers in the southeast to know this about the work that Southern Cotton Growers does:
“The Southern Southeastern represents the cotton growers throughout the southeast and in my opinion, do a great job in representing these growers and promoting cotton throughout the world.”
Laurinburg, North Carolina cotton producer and Chairman of the Southern Cotton Growers Association Allen McLaurin.
Hyde County’s Roseacre Farms Back in Court
A North Carolina judge says a hearing is needed to determine if a complex of high-rise hen-houses where more than three million chickens lay eggs is polluting neighboring land, including a federal wildlife refuge.
Superior Court Judge Wayland Sermons Jr. ruled last week that ventilation fans cooling hens inside the Rose Acre Farms facility in Hyde County blow feathers and dust from the bird droppings outside the buildings.
The judge said it will be up to a state administrative judge to hear evidence into whether the egg-laying operation discharges pollutants into state waters.
Rewrite of the New Farm Bill Could Cause Issues
Ag Senator Chuck Grassley fears the effort this year to rewrite the failed 2012 farm bill could run head long into automatic budget cuts and delays from more fiscal fights. Grassley said the looming fight over the debt limit and automatic budget cuts could suck the air out of the room on the farm bill rewrite:
“This will make it difficult for the agriculture committee to get to work on a farm bill. Although I believe that we will start work on it. But it does remain to be seen, what, if any part of the agriculture budget will play in the negotiations over the spending bill.”
Grassley says more cuts to farm spending could end existing programs, including controversial direct payments and upend new farm bill funding calculation.
Soy Checkoff Now Accepting Applications for See for Yourself Program
The national soy checkoff is accepting applications for the sixth annual See for Yourself program. The program will give 10 U.S. soybean farmers the opportunity to see how the United Soybean Board puts their checkoff investment to use. The 2013 See for Yourself session will begin July 21st and continue through July 27th. Farmers will have a chance to see their checkoff in action and evaluate a wide range of checkoff activities. Soybean farmers from around the country can visit the USB website at www.unitedsoybean.org to apply. The deadline is April 1st.