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First SC Agribiz & Farm Expo in the Books

The Agribiz & Farm Expo wrapped up on Friday at the Florence Civic Center. The first ever event was three days of seminars on a large variety of topics, a trade show featuring everything from large equipment, irrigation equipment, crop insurance and more, plus several special meetings and events each day. For our complete coverage of the South Carolina Agribiz & Farm Expo including interviews, pictures and more, click here.

24th Annual Joint Commodities Conference Wraps Up in Durham

The 24th Annual Joint Commodities Conference, hosted this year by the NC Soybean Producers Association is in the books. More than 460 producers, university and industry professionals attended the day and a half event at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham Thursday and Friday. Production and efficiency awards were handed out Thursday afternoon, and other special awards were handed out at the Awards Banquet held Thursday night.

Friday morning featured an “Early Risers” session with all four commodity group presidents, as well as the general business meetings of the North Carolina Corn, Cotton, Soybean and Small Grains associations. For more of our coverage including the speaker’s presentations, and lists of the production yield and other meritorious awards, and photos click here. Next year’s event will be hosted by the NC Corn Producers.

Crop Insurance Once Again Target of Lawmakers

Crop insurance is again the target of critics in and out of Congress who charge the program’s wasteful and ripe for deficit-reducing cuts. A New York Times piece and a letter from former House Ag Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Rosa Delauro take aim at crop insurance. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says the reason for the latest attacks is obvious…

“Poverty in rural areas and the population loss that we have seen in rural areas, I think that has translated into less political power from rural America. We are going to continue to be aggressive and creative.” 

But Johnson argues crop insurance is also the biggest piece of the safety net right now – plus – farmers pay twice as much for insurance when corn is eight-dollars versus four-dollars.

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack Shares His Plans for his Second Term

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talks about the challenges of getting a Farm Bill passed and his continued efforts to urge Congress to pass the bill during his second term.

Vilsack Reminds Producers of the Importance of Completing Census of Agriculture

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is reminding producers to complete their Census of Agriculture forms. The Census is the only source of uniform, comprehensive and impartial agricultural data for every county in the nation. By filling out the Census of Agriculture – Vilsack says producers help provide a snapshot of the current state of agriculture in the U.S. He says that helps policymakers make better decisions about farm safety net programs and policies. 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.