Cargill Soybean Crusher in Raleigh to Discontinue Operations

soybeans 3 FCargill said it will idle soybean processing activities at its facility in Raleigh later this spring, but will continue to operate the Raleigh elevator as a viable market for soybeans, purchasing soybeans from area producers and elevator customers.

Don Camden, a regional manager for Cargill’s soybean processing business said the elevator at Raleigh will continue to be a competitive buyer of beans from farmers in North Carolina and surrounding states. Soybean meal customers will be served by Cargill’s plant in Fayetteville, N.C., in addition to rail shipments into the region from other Cargill plants.

Mark Stonacek, president of Cargill Grain & Oilseed Supply Chain North America cited, among other factors, a downturn in demand for U.S.-produced soybean meal in the face of expected large bean crops in South America. Those factors combined with strong global demand for U.S. soybeans has made operating the Raleigh plant during the spring and summer periods economically challenging.   Cargill currently employs 47 people at Raleigh. Camden said 20-25 employees associated with soybean processing will be laid off.

Farm Bill Passes the Senate, Headed to the White House

After more than a year’s delay and several months of intense wrangling and days of last-minute deal-making, the Agriculture Act of 2014 was passed in the Senate on Tuesday afternoon, 68-32, having passed the House last week.

It includes major changes to the way milk producers are compensated for fluctuating prices in that market, as well as significant cuts to the supplemental nutrition programs.


Two New NC Regional Agronomist Named

Robeson County native Georgia Love has been named regional agronomist serving growers in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson and Scotland counties, according to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Love replaces agronomist Rick Morris, who retired in January.

And Perquimans County native Adam Lassiter has been named regional agronomist serving growers in Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Gates, Hertford, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties.

SC Horse Expo this Weekend

The South Carolina Horsemen’s Council annual Horse Expo is this weekend at the SC Equine Park off of I-20 between Florence and Columbia, near Camden.  Beginning at 10:00 am Saturday, there will be a horse health pavilion, children’s activities, a tag sale, silent auction and many top vendors on Vendors Row.  A Marsh Tacky gelding will be auctioned as a special fundraiser.  A general membership meeting of the SC Horsemen’s Council and election of officers will be held at 4:30 pm.  Admission is $10 with special rates for Horse Council members.  For more information about the Expo go to schorsmenscoucil dot org.
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A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.