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Largest Trade Show in the Southeast Coming Up January 30th; The Southern Farm Show

The 37th Annual Southern Farm Show is set to take place at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh January 30th through February 1st. David Zimmerman, President of Southern Shows, host of the Southern Farm Show gives an overview of the Southern Farm Show:

'It’s the largest event that takes place on the State Fairgrounds, besides the State Fair, its also the largest trade show that happens each year in the Carolinas and Virginia."

While many exhibitors return year after year, many are new to the show this year according to Zimmerman:

"A lot of what you will see is a lot more out door exhibitors this year, we have over 100 companies that will brave the weather.
In addition to some new construction equipment dealers, Zimmerman says large farm equipment dealers will be new as well: This year its a lot of new equipment, folks that have self propelled spray equipment."

For more information on this year’s Southern Farm Show, David Zimmerman, president of Southern Shows.

First Ever Agribiz & Farm Expo Underway

The first ever Agribiz and Farm Expo got underway yesterday at the Florence Civic Center, in Florence, South Carolina. Ted Etheredge, President of ARMtech Insurance Services was one of the first speakers of Wednesday’s program, and spoke briefly about what the extension of the farm bill means when work begins on long-term legislation:

"Every time that happens, the farm bill itself loses additional funding. So when we create a new farm bill, we are working with less money than we had prior to the extension."

Etheredge explains that in spite of the fact that a great deal of the farm bill legislation was written in 2012, more will have to be done before new legislation can be considered this year:

"A lot of the challenges that prevented the 2012 farm bill from being passed into law are still there. In addition to that, we now have some additional budgetary challenges in front of us."

For more coverage from the Agribiz & Farm Expo now underway in Florence, click here

Bayer CropScience & NC State Announce Collaboration

Bayer CropScience and North Carolina State University (NCSU) announced the Bayer CropScience Graduate Fellowship in Plant Pathology. This new graduate training program is just one additional way Bayer CropScience is collaborating with NCSU to invest in agricultural technologies to feed a growing planet.

Through this fellowship, the graduate fellow will work closely with an adjunct faculty member from Bayer (Dr. Mike Schwarz, Senior Product and Crop Development Manager, Bayer CropScience) over the course of graduate studies and research, and will complete an internship with Bayer CropScience.

USDA Reports Push Wheat Futures Higher

Wheat futures have soared this week in Chicago and Kansas City due in no small part to USDA lowering world wheat production estimates for January. World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Gerry Bange explains why those numbers were adjusted in the latest report:

“We are looking at exceedingly wet conditions that Argentina has experienced. As a result of that we did take 500,000 tons off of our wheat production forecast for Argentina for the 2012-13 year. We also took down the number for the Russian Federation down to 37.7 million tons, due to a report that came from the Russian Ag Statistics.” 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.