NC Flue-cured & Burley Tobacco Tours this Week

The 2013 flue-cured and burly tobacco tours get underway this week. The Eastern tour gets underway today and concludes tomorrow with several stops in Johnston, Lenoir, Greene and Edgecombe Counties. The Piedmont tour is on July 17th with stops in Johnston, Franklin, and Granville Counties. For more information visit our calender.

SC Food Company Takes Top Honors at NYC Food Show

South Carolina made grits took top honors at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City June 30 – July 2. Luquire Family Foods’ Carolina Creole Stone Ground Grits won a National Association of Specialty Food Trade Gold sofi™ award during the show. “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation. This win comes one year after another Luquire Family Foods product earned a Silver sofi™ award.


Carolina Creole Stone Ground Grits was one of 2,573 specialty food products competing for top prizes in 32 categories. The Luquire’s started Carolina Creole in 2011 and are already selling their products in stores like Piggly Wiggly, Fresh Market, Whole Foods, and gourmet shops around the country. They are also part of the South Carolina Specialty Food Association (SCSFA), which has more than 150 members across the state.

Farmed Fish Production Surpasses Cattle Production

Over the past two years, there has been more protein produced globally from fish farm than from cattle ranches, according to the Earth Policy Institute. Fish overtook beef for the first time in 2011. The gap widened in 2012, with output from fish farming reaching a record 66 million tons, compared with production of beef at 63 million tons. The ongoing drought in the central and high plains has reduced cattle herds significantly.

NCBA Files Injunction against New M-COOL

Eight organizations representing the meat and livestock industries in the U.S. and Canada have filed a lawsuit to block the mandatory country-of-origin labeling rule finalized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in May. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall says this suit is just another step in the process of trying to find relief from COOL…

The ruling from WTO on whether or not the final rule meets the requirements of fixing COOL for Canada and Mexico is expected by the end of the year. Woodall says there’s also the potential for retaliation against U.S. products – including U.S. beef – by Canada and Mexico. 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.