NCDA Offers Workshop on Handling Food Recalls

A workshop aimed at helping small food businesses prevent and respond to recalls is scheduled for September 24th at the Agronomics Building in Raleigh. The workshop is aimed at food entrepreneurs who work out of shared-use or certified home kitchens, food processing and packaging businesses as well as meat processors. Topics will include the economic costs of food recalls, food safety hazards in animal and marine protein foods, and many more. Speakers will be from NCDA, Food Lion and Sea Grant. The cost is $20 and includes lunch and materials, and the registration deadline is September 17th.

CFIUS Approves Smithfield Purchase

Shuanghui (shawn-way) International Holdings and Smithfield Foods announced they received clearance from the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment on their proposed transaction – according to the Hagstrom Report. In order for the sale of Smithfield to go through – shareholder approval is still needed. Smithfield's shareholders are scheduled to vote on the sale at a special meeting on September 24th.

Plant & Flower Festivals Set at State Farmers’ Markets

Three plant and flower festivals have been scheduled this month and next at the three state farmers’ markets in the Palmetto State. The first is AutumnFest at the Market, September 20th and 21st at the State Farmers’ Market in Greenville. The next is the Midlands Fall Plant & Flower Festival September 27th through the 29th at the State Farmers’ Market in Columbia, then the final one will be the Pee Dee Fall Plant & Flower Festival October 4th through the 6th at the State Farmers’ Market in Florence.

Farm Bill Debate Could be Derailed By Syria

Ag leaders are stepping up their push for a five-year farm bill as Congress returns this week. But the drums of war over Syria are clouding near-term prospects for most domestic measures. Major farm groups will be pressing members this week to urge their lawmakers to finally pass a farm bill. Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow – flanked by Majority Leader Harry Reid – will hold a farm bill and renewable fuels press conference. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is asking producers to use social media to lean on their representatives. And American Soybean Association’s Danny Murphy said he personally has urged producers to get involved… 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.