Fair season in North Carolina gets underway this week with the opening of the Mountain State Fair this Friday. NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler:
“Its hard to believe we are already moving into the fall season. But we are headed into the mountains, and there is no better place than the Fletcher area of North Carolina with the fall scenery and the cool weather. We will have the Mountain State Fair at the Western North Carolina Ag Center. This is the premier agricultural event in Western North Carolina.”
And this year’s theme of the Mountain State Fair…
“The theme this year is ‘Thrills, Squeals and Ferris Wheels.’ There are plenty of fun activities, music, rides, crafts, food and agricultural shows. The Mountain State Fair celebrates the traditions and heritage of the mountain crafters and entertainers.”
For more information, including ticket sales, Troxler gives the website information:
“For more information, check out www.mountainfair.org.”
Work on Inland South Carolina Port Continues
Orangeburg, South Carolina area leaders want improved state incentives to develop an inland port. Leaders discussed the idea with officials of the state Chamber of Commerce late last week. Orangeburg County Development Commission Executive Director Gregg Robinson suggested areas in Orangeburg, Colleton or Dorchester counties could be a port site. He says more needs to be done to develop the Interstate 95 corridor.
The State Ports Authority is pursuing plans for an inland port near Greer. At an inland port, containers are moved to trains for easier shipment to the coast.
Food Program Unites Farmers & Consumers
A program that unites small North Carolina farmers with people in need of healthy food is receiving almost a half million dollars to boost its efforts. The Farmer Foodshare program serves communities in six counties in the central part of the state. Deborah Smith reports.
“This volunteer based program connects farmers with people and organizations in need of food at a fair market price. Margaret Gifford is the founder of the Farmer Foodshare: ‘Food isn’t free. We can provide food for the hungry and pay farmers, we look for ways to make that happen.’ Farmer Foodshare received a grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, with the long term goal of increasing the overall health of North Carolinians through fresh food .”
Critics Pounce on News of Record Farm Income
U.S. farmers are projected to make a record profit despite the worst drought in more than 50 years – and that has some arguing that government help for producers can be scaled back. USDA forecast this past week that higher prices and crop insurance payments will outweigh the losses caused by the dry conditions – pushing farm profits up 3.7-percent from 2011 to 122.2-billion dollars this year. Craig Cox – head of Agriculture and Natural Resource Programs for the Environmental Working Group – calls it compelling evidence that what started out as a basic safety net has become a program that essentially guarantees business income. But American Farm Bureau Federation Chief Economist Bob Young notes some are faring better than others.