NC Ag Development Forum Set

The eighth annual Ag Development Forum is scheduled for January 31st from 9:30 until 12:30 pm at the Holshouser Building at the NC State Fair. The forum is being held in conjunction with the Southern Farm Show…admission to all is free. More information on the Southern Farm Show or the Ag Development Forum, click here

Longshoremen Reach Contract Agreement

Farmers and the nation want a month long reprieve as east coast and gulf coast longshoremen extended their contract for 30 days, averting a possible crippling port strike. The extension came after a break through in the union and port operators, in shipping lines in container royalties paid to dock workers. A major strike would have idled more than 14000 workers at ports from Boston to Houston. And cost the US $1 billion a day in commerce.
Washington farm trade lobbyists and USDA Trade Advisor, Paul Drazik:

“Even short strikes have an impact. Things start to back up. Its really not anything different than an export embargo that we would self impose on ourselves.”

Drazik says the options are unrealistic:

“To get it to different ports would be moving it to the west coast and the cost involved would be huge.”

Drazik points out that so much of what farmers produce is exported and prices farmers receive depends so much on exports.

Banking Industry Complex and Unfair

US banks are ending their year with their best profits since 2006 and fewer failures at any time since the 2008 financial crisis. But, Director of Boston University, Center for Finance, Law and Policy, Cornelius Hurley, says the banking industry ends up being very unfair to the smaller community banks:

“It is the tale of two cities. People think of banks as just one industry. But it really is two – the big banks and the little banks.”

Kids Eat Better with Parents

There are new school lunch room nutrition standards in place to try to get young Americans to eat healthier foods. A new study shows parents can improve their kids consumption of fruits and vegetables just by eating with them more often. CBS correspondent Barry Bognato has more:

“For busy moms and dads, sitting down for family meals is often a challenge. But a new study shows its worth the effort. British researchers find that when kids eat all their meals with their parents they consume and extra 1.5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.”

SCDA Extends Survey of Locations for Pesticide Disposal

Once again, the South Carolina Department of Agriculture has extended the deadline for a survey to determine disposal locations for South Carolina farmers, foresters and nurserymen, to safely dispose of old, outdated, unusable or unwanted pesticides. This is the second phase of the SC Waste Pesticide Recovery program, with the goal of increasing proper management and disposal of pesticides. The new deadline for the survey to determine disposal locations is now January 31st. for more information or a link to the survey, click here 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.