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Favorite Brands of Peanut Butter Safe

There’s been a peanut butter recall underway for several days now, and CEO Bob Sutter of the North Carolina Peanut Growers Association is concerned that consumers may have been misled about purchasing their favorite brands:

“Sunland Incorporated, located in New Mexico, does private label peanut, almond, and sunflower butter for a lot of places. Trader Joe is the one that came to light first, but they are a very small operation when compared to Jif, Skippy and Peter Pan. The consumer should know that America’s peanut butter industry is safe. They should not be concerned about buying their normal brand.” 

Sutter goes on to say that this is not the same situation as 2008 where most major brands were affected.

2011 a Strong Year for Cooperatives

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says farmer, rancher and fishery cooperatives posted record sales and income in 2011. They surpassed the previous record sales year of 2008 by 10-billion dollars and topped the old income record by 500-million dollars. Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager kicked -off National Cooperative Month with the announcement. Tonsager also said co-op employment levels remained strong. According to Tonsager – the new cooperative sales and income records underscore the strength and productivity of the nation’s farmer and rancher-owned cooperatives and the vital role they play in the nation’s economy. The biggest gainer on the list was Garner-based Carolina Cotton Growers Cooperative

Time for Flu Vaccinations

Cold and flu season is here, in spite of the near 90 degree temperatures. Dr. Simon Shane, affiliated as an adjunct professor with NC State University School of Veterinary Medicine, explains the flu vaccine is for most everyone, especially if you work with or around poultry and swine:

“Every worker on every farm, as well as the general public, should make every effort to be vaccinated with the current influenza vaccine. Its readily available.” 

Former Ag Secretaries Say Challenge of Feeding World Population Strengthens Ag’s Position

The agricultural importance of land-grant universities was the focus of a recent discussion featuring four former U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture. Former Secretaries Clayton Yeutter, Mike Johanns, Dan Glickman and John Block talked about the success of the Morril Act as they looked at the Land-Grant Mission of 2012: Transforming Agriculture for the 2050 World. To feed the growing world population – expected to grow to nine-billion by the year 2050 – Johanns said it will take science, technology and the best of land-grant universities. Yeutter said we’ve got to do everything better than we do it today. He called on land-grant universities to be bold in their research, extension and teaching. North Carolina’s land grant institution is NC State, and South Carolina’s is Clemson.

New “It” Food at 2012 NC State Fair

And while it will be a few days before we know for sure, it appears that the new "it" food at the NC State Fair will likely be deep-fried Girl Scout cookies, Caramel deLites to be exact.

Scott Strother with S2 Concessions has partnered with the North Carolina Coastal Pines chapter of the Girl Scouts to offer the deep-fried, Caramel deLites or the cookie formerly known as Samoas.

Strother admits he was inspired by a vendor at the Texas State Fair, who also introduced deep-fried Caramel deLites this year although Strother says his method is a little different. 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.