NCDA, SCDA & FDA Host Listening Session

Wednesday, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and the US Food & Drug Administration hosted a listening session on the proposed Food Safety rules that were released last month. All meats, fruits and vegetables will be impacted at some point, and State Farmers’ Market manager Ronnie Best says that vendors want to do right by their customers:

“They want to be safe and provide people with a safe product. They need to prepare it safely in the kitchens as well.”

The comment period for the proposed rules closes in May, and FDA will scrutinize those comments, make appropriate changes, and issue the final version sometime in 2014.

Farmer vs Monsanto at the US Supreme Court

Indiana Farmer Hugh Bowman may have a steep hill to climb against Monsanto – after the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday heard his case that Monsanto’s patent rights cease after he buys one-generation of Round-Up Ready soybeans. There seemed to be little – if any – room for Bowman’s lawyer Mark Walters to maneuver. The justices disputed his argument – and Bowman’s – about the patent rights. Chief Justice John Roberts pointedly asked Walters why Monsanto would even invest in developing Round-Up resistant soybean seed if farmers could simply buy progeny seed – as Bowman did – from a grain elevator.

Bowman is facing an 85-thousand dollar lower court judgment against him that he says he can’t pay. 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.