NC Ports Could be More Profitable with the Help of Agriculture

According to Glenn Carlson with the North Carolina Ports Authority, all of eastern agriculture could benefit by commodity associations banding together:

“By pooling the volumes from the different associations, the cotton association, the soybean, as an example, gives us more leverage to offer to a carrier that will meet their threshold to consider adding a port-of-call. And it’s that combined volume that we could use to do that very thing.”

It would be a win/win for both agriculture and the ports of Morehead City and Wilmington.  Glenn Carlson spoke at the 23rd Annual Joint Commodities Conference in Durham last week.

NC Apples to Travel Fewer Miles for Processing

A Raleigh company is going to buy apples from Henderson County for its new production plant in Montgomery County. Aseptia CEO Michael Drozd told The Times-News of Hendersonville the company will buy a significant number of apples from mountain growers, though he would not provide details because of competitive issues.

Most Henderson County growers now take their apples to processing plants in the Northeast. Shipping to Montgomery County instead would save freight costs for the growers.  Aseptia processes raw product into juices, broths and other products.

HSUS Targets Restaurant Industry

The Humane Society of the United States has purchased stock in fast food mogul CKE, in hopes of leveraging stakeholder engagement to influence animal rights. Apollo Global Management, the parent company of CKE restaurants, has sold 325 stock shares to the animal advocacy organization. For its 4-thousand dollar investment HSUS is guaranteed certain privileges, including speaking up at shareholder meetings. The restaurants involved include: Carl’s Jr. and Hardees.

USDA’s Proposed Closures Meets Little Opposition

USDA’s plan to close over 250 domestic and foreign offices this fiscal year makes sense to the head of the largest U.S. farm group.
American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman says he’ll be surprised if USDA’s office-closing proposal encounters opposition in the countryside or in Congress:

“That has always been a difficult task in the past because of congressional sensitivities in terms of closing offices. But, we’re in a new environment now, and I’m going to find it interesting if anybody actually opposes, sort of the structure that they’ve laid out and the way they’re talking about cutting.”

Stallman says Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack briefed him on operational streamlining before it was announced publicly.

In the Battle of the Bulge; the Bulge is Winning

It seems we aren't winning the battle of the bulge. A new analysis by the CDC shows one in three adults and one in six children and teens are obese. Epidemiologist Cynthia Ogden says that's roughly the same as it was a few years earlier:

“We’ve looked at data from 2009-10, we saw that there was really no change since 2007-8, and actually really no change back to 2003.” 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.