NC Tobacco Trust Fund Grant Applications Open

The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (NCTTFC) in Raleigh has announced a new grant cycle and is accepting applications until March 4, 2013. Previous grants include farmer’s market renovations, alternative crop research, agricultural marketing campaigns and assistance for unemployed workers to improve job skills. The grant application and guidelines can be found at . Project winners will be announced by September 2013.

SCCSA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet Set

The 2013 SC Corn and Soybean Association Annual Meeting and Sporting Clay Shoot is set for February 7th at the Wagon Trail Range in Sumter. The event gets underway at noon with shooter registration with the awards banquet & meeting following at 6:00 pm. The event, including the banquet is free to current SCCSA members. If a non-member, there is a $100 fee that includes the Clay shoot and banquet as well as a one-year membership to SCCSA, ASA and NCGA. For more information, visit our calendar 

MF Global Reaches Bankruptcy Agreement

Securities Investor Protection Act Trustee James Giddens and MF Global UK Joint Administrator Richard Heis have reached an agreement to return between 500 and 600-million dollars to the MF Global estate. If approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York – and conditions are satisfied to make the agreements effective – Giddens expects the agreement between MFGI and MFGUK to result in 100-percent satisfaction of allowed securities customers’ claims and additional distributions to commodities customers who trade on U.S. and non-U.S. exchanges.

Day-long Workshops to Advise on Future of the Farm

Mount Olive College’s Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center is hosting several day-long regional events titled “Planning for the Future of Your Farm” beginning January 16th in Lee County.

These events and workshops will feature experts who will provide information and resources to jump start the planning process. Transitional planning can help to alleviate the obstacles that successors to a family-owned multi-generational farm will face, while ensuring the continued financial health of the farm family and business. For a complete schedule with locations, visit our calendar

South Carolina Department of Ag Extends Survey Period

South Carolina Department of Agriculture has extended the survey period to determine disposal locations for South Carolina farmers, foresters and nurserymen. The survey is being conducted to determine disposal locations around the state for the second phase of the voluntary South Carolina Waste Pesticide Recovery Program.

The program is open to all private and commercial pesticide applicators in the state to dispose of all outdated or unwanted pesticides. To participate in the location survey, visit 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.