Educational Sessions Announced for 2nd Annual Agribiz & Farm Expo

The South Carolina 2nd Annual Agribiz & Farm Expo has announced the speaker lineup for the 2014 event on January 16th and 17th. There will be six production agriculture sessions including ‘Grain Conditioning and grain bin safety’, Irrigation Efficiency & Technology, as well as a small farm & food entrepreneur workshop and a women’s session…”Cooking with Nathalie Dupree”. Some workshops require registration and a small fee, click below by topic to learn more:

Production Agriculture Sessions

Small Farm & Food Entrepreneur Workshop

Exploring AgriTourism Workshop

Women’s Sessions

EMS/Firemen Session

CAMM Training

Pesticides are the focus at Dec. 12 symposium aimed at human and animal health

Pesticides and their effect on human and animal health will be the focus of the Tenth One Medicine Symposium. This year’s symposium will focus on the history, regulation, current uses and impact of pesticides related to human, animal and environmental health.

One Medicine will take place Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham. It is hosted by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services with other partners. Registration is $50 and continuing education credits are available for many disciplines. For more information and to register, go to .

New Documentary Creates an Opportunity for Production Agriculture

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance has a role in a new documentary film called Farmland. National Pork Board CEO Chris Novak sees this film as an opportunity to tell agriculture’s story…

“It will give consumers a new glimpse of agriculture. There have been a lot of other movies come out of Hollywood, that were put together with an agenda. But this director simply wanted to explore farming and agriculture and farm issues from the standpoint of a producer.”

A trailer for the documentary is now available – but the full content of the film is unknown.


USDA Releases Updated Forecast for 2013 Net Cash Income

The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast this year’s net cash income for farmers at 129.7-billion dollars – down nearly 4.5-billion dollars from 2012. USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber says this forecast is an increase over USDA’s forecast in August…

“If we look at where we are on soybean receipts, we are up about two billion over what we were anticipating back in August. Prices have been strong. Cattle receipts are up about a billion. Some of the feed expenses are down because of the fallen feed prices.”

Glauber says there has been an increase of farm expenses of nearly 11-billion dollars to 352-billion dollars – which is the highest on record – and that is one reason why net cash income will be lower this year from last year.'

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.