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NC Peach Growers Schedule Referendum

Peach farmers across North Carolina will have a chance to vote on a new assessment for commercial growers during a mail-in referendum. The assessment was proposed by the N.C. Peach Growers Society to provide funds for research and marketing to support the peach industry in North Carolina.

The assessment would be tiered and based on the total number of trees a grower has; Growers with less than 500 trees would be assessed $100. Those who grow between 500 and 2,500 trees would be assessed $250. Growers with more than 2,500 trees would be assessed $350.
To pass, the assessment needs a two-thirds majority of votes. The assessment would be in effect from January 2014 through December 2018. Ballots will be mailed to each orchard in the state by Oct. 1, and growers will have a week to return the ballots.

In order to participate in the referendum, an individual must be 18 years old by Oct. 1 and also be an orchard owner, a designated family member or an orchard manager. Only one vote per orchard will be allowed.

Backup ballots will be available at local N.C. Cooperative Extension offices and available for download through the N.C. Peach Portal at

Anderson, SC Reporting Station Sees Almost 60 Inches of Rain Through August

Taking a look at some weather data for the week ended Thursday, August 29th, Anderson, South Carolina received the most rain for the week with 2.1 inches, which is the most precipitation recorded at that station during that week in the 122 years of reporting. The maximum temperature for the week in Anderson was 91 degrees, which is just shy of 3 degrees above the norm, and the average minimum temperature was 69, which was almost one degree above the norm. Anderson’s total precipitation, year-to-date through August 29th was just shy of 60 inches which is the most precipitation that reporting station has seen in its history.

Soy Checkoff Gets On Board with Resistant Weeds

The international survey of herbicide-resistant weeds says there are 143 different weed species resistant to herbicides in the United States. The soy checkoff sees these weeds as a major problem that needs to be addressed which is why the checkoff developed the Take Action program – to increase farmer awareness of the potential damage from herbicide-resistant weeds and recommend courses of action.

Through the Take Action program – the soy checkoff and its partners are developing educational materials to increase farmer awareness of this issue and tools to help them combat these herbicide-resistant weeds now.

Retail Food Prices Remain Flat

USDA Economist Ricky Volpe says retail food prices have remained basically flat since January of this year. During the month of July there was no overall rise in the Consumer Price Index…

“We are holding steady with our current outlook of food price inflation in 2013 of 1.5-2.5%” 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.