After a couple of years of improvement, North Carolina is once again facing drought. A majority of the state's counties are listed as "abnormally dry" or in "moderate drought" in the last report issued December 13. The National Weather Service sees improvement in the situation, listing the whole mountain area as 'improving' in their seasonal forecast through February 28th. The news for the Piedmont and South Carolina is not quite as wet, they are listed as "some improvement" in the same forecast. Agriculture and drinking water supplies have yet to be affected by this dry spell.
Tickets on Sale for the First ever SC AGribiz and Farm Expo
The South Carolina Agribiz and Farm Expo is coming up on January 16th through the 18th at the Florence Civic Center. To purchase tickets in advance for the various events taking place during the show, visit their website, or you can visit the SC Department of Agriculture's website www.agriculture.sc.gov and click on the "Hot Topics" button. One of the events is the Commissioner's Breakfast on Friday morning, the 18th. Proceeds go towards the Commissioner's Agriculture School held in conjunction with Clemson University.
Food Prices Expec ted to Continue to Rise
We've been hearing since the drought set in in the Midwest in earnest that food prices, particularly for meat will be on the rise. Ricky Volpe, USDA economist, gives us his version of what food shoppers will see with regard to food prices as the new year unfolds:
“Food prices will start off very moderately inflating as they are right now, we don’t expect any major changes the next couple of months. But we are going to start to see significant impact for meat products and all animal based products, and soybean based products, then eventually all of the packaged and processed foods. So we will see this incremental increase in food prices and food price inflation as the year wears on, but will taper off towards the final quarter.”
Registration Underway for the 24th Annual Joint Commodities Conference
The program and registration packet is now available for the 24th Annual Joint Commodity Conference coming up January 17th and 18th at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Conference Center in Durham. The conference is free, with the exception of the awards banquet on Thursday night which is $20. For registration information and a look at the agenda visit www.ncgrainsconference.org . Reservations for accommodations at the Sheraton must be received no later than December 28th for the best room rate.