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Manner of Care, Not Housing is What

Jan Archer, of Archer Farms in Wayne County recently attended the National Pork Board’s World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa. Archer explains that the use and/or elimination of gestation crates was a major topic of discussion. Archer explains the message pork producers should try to get out to consumers:

“What we have found over and over and what science has reinforced, is its not the type of housing that dictates how well animals are cared for it’s the people and the care givers that are taking care of them.”

SC Pesticide REcovery Program Wraps Up Today

The South Carolina Pesticide Recovery Program’s final location will be today at the Pee Dee State Farmers’ Market in Florence. they will be accepting materials from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. For a complete list of approved materials for drop-off visit

Virginia Expecting Large Wheat Crop

Virginia winter wheat producers are expected to harvest more than 17 million bushels in 2013 which is a 3 percent increase from an earlier forecast released in May by USDA’s NASS.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says producers are expected to harvest 270,000 acres of wheat that will yield an average of 64 bushels per acre.

Feed Grain Supply Outlook Lowered Due to Weather

The outlook for 2013-2014 U.S. feed grain supplies is lowered this month as delayed plantings reduce yield prospects for corn. Projected corn production is lowered 135 million bushels to 14.0 billion with the average yield projected at 156.5 bushels per acre, down 1.5 bushels from last month.

Despite rapid planting progress during mid-May across the Corn Belt, rains and cool temperatures since have delayed the completion of planting in parts of the western Corn Belt and raised the likelihood that seasonally warmer temperatures and drier conditions in late July will adversely affect pollination and kernel set in a larger share of this year’s crop.

Beef & Dairy Month Continues in South Carolina

June is beef and dairy month in the Palmetto state and Father’s Day is this weekend. South Carolina’s Beef and Dairy producers are encouraging everyone to celebrate dad with beef and dairy from the state’s 80 dairies and more than 4,000 beef farmers and support local agriculture. Beef and dairy are the largest segment of South Carolina’s agricultural economy. 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.