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It’s time for North Carolina Farm Bureau’s annual convention, getting underway Sunday at the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons in Greensboro. Things get underway Sunday at 8:00 am with registration, and the excellence in agriculture finals announced at 9:30 am. Monday features the General Session at 9:00 am and the Annual Meeting at 1:30 pm, with several other sessions through out the day. The convention wraps up on Monday with another general session at 9:00 am, and the voting delegates luncheon at 11:30 am, with the convention adjourning after the business session at 1:00 pm. To learn more or to see a full agenda visit our calendar or click here

SCFB Annual Meeting and Trade Show this Week

The South Carolina Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and trade show gets underway later this week at Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach. The annual meeting’s keynote speaker is scheduled to be Ambassador Carlos Flores Vizcarra, Mexican Consulate, discussing foreign-born labor and immigration issues from the perspective of the migrant worker. The trade show, known as the The Big Show will be Thursday and Friday under the tent at the Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation. For more information on the SCFB Annual Meeting and The Big Show, visit South Carolina Farm Bureau’s website,

Cash Hog Prices Could See Seasonal Increase in Spite of Large Supplies

Hog supplies remain large – which is negative for the cash market situation. Paragon Economics President Steve Meyer says as we move into 2013 – he expects cash hog prices to enjoy a seasonal increase…

“I think we are going to move into the upper 80s in the spring and then trade some hogs well up into the 90s. I think we will have a few $100 hogs next summer.”

Meyer says the pork industry has not seen significant liquidation. If producers can hold on and crop conditions improve in 2013 – the market analyst says the second half of next year and 2014 could be dramatically better.

Census of Agriculture to Feature New Section

For the first time, farmers responding to the Census of Agriculture will be asked to share information about their land-use practices, Internet access and crops grown for production of renewable energy. Those details and others will help policymakers develop and fund programs benefiting producers and rural communities throughout the U.S., says Renee Picanso, director of USDA’s Census and Survey Division. The Census is issued every five years and will be mailed to farmers this year in mid-December. It can also be completed online. The form must be returned via the Internet form or mail by Feb. 4. 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.