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CALS Dean Offers Update on Strategic Planning Process

The Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for NC State University, Dr. Richard Linton has posted a YouTube video recapping the strategic planning process for CALS thus far, and outlines the remainder of the process going into early summer. In the video he says that there were 15 different outcomes that came to light from the listening sessions CALS hosted across the state in the early weeks of the year. To see Dean Linton’s short video message, click here

Dallas Tonsager Leaving USDA

USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager says he is moving on to the next chapter in his life after twelve gratifying years in USDA leadership positions. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says Tonsager’s efforts as Under Secretary for Rural Development have helped increase opportunity for thousands of rural families, businesses and communities.

Three new NCDA&CS regional agronomists available to advise growers

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has announced the hiring of three new regional agronomists. Growers can now seek agricultural advice from Georgia Love in Anson, Guilford, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond and Scotland counties; Chris Jernigan in Craven, Carteret, Greene, Jones, Lenoir and Pitt counties; and Amy Poirier in Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, Surry, Union and Yadkin counties.

ArborGen Adds a Trio of Experts to South Carolina Staff

ArborGen, a reforestation enterprise based in Ridgeville, South Carolina, has announced the expansion of its sales, marketing and product development team with the additions of Dr. Rafael de la Torre in forest planning and finance, Jason Watson in sales, and Chris Rosier in product development. ArborGen is the world leader in reforestation and a global supplier of genetically elite seedlings. They are considered to be the premier provider of improved technologies to forests managers and landowners

Health Care Reform Making Many Woozy

Three years ago this month President Barack Obama signed into law a sweeping overhaul of our nation’s health care system. More than 1,000 days later, farmers, ranchers and other families and small business owners are still waiting for the “care” and “affordability” that the name of the law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, implies.

Instead, over the weeks and months since ACA became law, we’ve been watching the costs and complexities pile up on an already expensive and confusing system. The higher taxes and thousands of pages of new regulations that come with ACA are certainly not what the doctor ordered for a recovering Main Street economy.

Both the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation – noted and nonpartisan budget and tax authorities – have said that ACA will levy more than $1 trillion dollars in taxes, barely a dime of which families and small employers can afford. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.