NC State Gift Not Just Chicken Feed

A farm business in Clinton is giving North Carolina State University $10 million for its poultry science program. School officials announced the gift from Prestage Farms on Tuesday. The program will be renamed the Prestage Department of Poultry Science. It has 17 faculty members and about 75 undergraduate students. Bill Prestage found the business in 1983 and has contracts with hundreds of farmers in seven states to produce about 1.25 billion pounds of turkey and pork annually.

John Prestage says his family decided to give the money to his alma mater to help combat the reduction in poultry science programs around the country. Chancellor Randy Woodson has made boosting the university's endowment by several hundred million dollars a goal to help offset cuts in funding from the state.

Pumpkin Yields are Looking Fantastic

Pumpkin farmers say they expect their crop to be one of a few bright spots in a year when most farms have been hit hard by a severe drought that stretches across much of the U.S. Most of the nation's pumpkins are grown in a stretch of Illinois where Nestle has its Libby's pumpkin-canning plant.  Nestle spokeswoman Roz O'Hearn says farmers who irrigate seem to have produced bigger and more pumpkins than those who don't this year but overall the crop looks "fine." Pumpkin farmer John Ackerman says that's because pumpkins thrive in dry weather that holds back fungus, mold and other rind-rotting diseases. He says most of the pumpkins he planted fared "fantastic" and even those planted after the drought took hold are starting to turn orange now.

State Fair's One Man Band

One of the many new attractions as this year’s North Carolina State Fair will be Marc Dobson, the One Man Band. And he’s truly a band, Dobson  wears nearly a full set of drums and cymbals like a backpack, carries a guitar, and has a harmonica hanging around his neck. Dobson says he’s transitioning out of the bar scene into more family-friendly venues like fairs.   Find the One Man Band near the Fountain area in front of Dorton Arena at the NC State Fair. 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.