NC Mountain State Fair Sets All-time Attendance Record

As the 2013 N.C. Mountain State Fair came to a close Sunday night, fair organizers had many reasons to celebrate, including a record-breaking attendance. The 20th fair entertained 191,596 people during its 10-day run at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher. The previous record was 187,819, set in 2007. In fact, this year’s fair set several records, not the least of which was 12 calves born in the Mooternity Ward, and one llama was born at this year’s fair.

SCDA Sponsoring Contest for Farmers’ Market Display

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture is sponsoring a statewide contest, Promotions that Sell, to recognize effective display techniques at farmers markets around the state. The displays, featuring the Certified SC Grown branding campaign, must highlight South Carolina agriculture products as presented at the market on a regular market day.

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture Marketing Division will offer cash prizes for farmers market vendors who go the extra mile to use display techniques that feature their product at its best. To encourage all to participate, the state has been divided into three regions with three cash prizes in EACH region.

This contest is open to all farmers market vendors selling South Carolina products who are a Certified SC Grown member. To participate, the logo should be featured prominently in the display. If you are not presently a member of Certified SC Grown, you may download an application from our website or call 803-734-2200 for an application. Participation is free.

China Becoming Even Larger Player in Grain Sorghum

As the U.S. looks to harvest its largest grain sorghum crop in four years, China continues its purchases of U.S. sorghum to fill its animal feeding needs. Sorghum is not subject to China’s tariff rate quota, unlike corn and wheat, making it an attractive feed grain alternative. In late August, China made its largest weekly purchase of U.S. sorghum, buying 120,500 metric tons. A Reuters article reported this week Chinese mills have already bought approximately 800,000 metric tons of U.S. sorghum for shipment in the 2013/2014 year beginning in September, and total orders are expected to be higher.

A call for MEN….from the Butterball Turkey Talk line

For the first time, the company is looking for MEN as well as women operators, to help panicked turkey-preparers during the holidays.

The help line didn't specifically exclude dudes in the past… But… Noting one in four calls to the help line now come from men… They decided it was time to recruit.

Mary Clingman, is Director of the Butterball Turkey Talk Line. She points out: 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.