Today is the day to vote in the Tobacco Associates Export Promotion Checkoff referendum. The voting will be conducted by North and South Carolina Extension Services at each flue-cured producing county extension office. Any tobacco farmer over the age of 18 engaged in the production of flue-cured tobacco during the 2012 crop is eligible to vote. Two-thirds of the eligible voters participating in the referendum must market their ballot “for” in order for the Tobacco Associates programs to continue.
CALS Listening Continue this Week
Dean Richard Linton’s series of listening sessions on building a strategic plan for NC State’s College of Ag & Life Sciences continues Thursday, January 24th in Duplin County. A summary and many of the comments and observations are being posted from each listening session just a few days afterwards to the CALS website. To learn more about the next listening session in your area, or to see comments from previous meetings click here. The sessions conclude on February 8th in Madison County.
NC Farmer Selected for “Faces of Agriculture” Advocacy Campaign
The US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, an agriculture advocacy group announced their four winners for their Faces of Agriculture campaign. North Carolina’s Bo Stone, of P&S Farms in Rowland is one of the winners:
“It is a great honor to be selected to represent our industry, it’s a challenge that I’m looking forward to an a unique opportunity to speak to consumer groups and others that I wouldn’t have had before. It’s a target audience that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. So I’m very excited about this and have those conversations and make connections.”
The term “corporate farm” have become akin to blasphemy in certain circles in the past few years, when truth is most farms are ‘corporate’ to a certain degree, yet are still family owned and operated. Stone had this response regarding the term ‘corporate’ farming:
“We do contract with Murphy-Brown, but we are family farmers. I represent the sixth generation. We have approximately 2300 acres of row crops that we grow in addition to our hogs and cattle. I farm so that I can provide for my family and I want my children to have the opportunity to raise their children on the farm.”
The winners will act as national spokespeople, and will share stories and experiences on a national stage to help answer consumers’ questions about how food is grown and raised to feed our nation.
SC Survey Deadline Nears
And finally, the South Carolina Department of Agriculture continues to ask for your input, via online or mail-in survey on the next locations of the Pesticide Recovery Program. The survey takes just minutes and is confidential. The program is for all South Carolina farmers, foresters and nurserymen to safety dispose of old, outdated, unusable or unwanted pesticides. The survey deadline is January 31st. For a link to the survey, click here