New Sales Tax Exemption Guidelines for North Carolina Farmers

North Carolina Farm Bureau’s Jake Parker and Paul Sherman are featured in a short video that outlines the new sales tax exemption guidelines that affect the state’s farmers–enacted by the state’s General Assembly recently. Parker and Sherman outline how a farmer maintains sales tax exemption for his farm, and the procedures required to qualify, the forms needed, and corresponding deadlines.

SC Delegate Election to National Pork Board Coming Up

The election of pork producer delegate candidate for the 2015 National Pork Board Pork Act Delegate Body will take place at 6:00 pm on Thursday, July 24th at the Conference Center at the State Farmers Market in Columbia.  Any pork producer who is a resident of the state and has paid all assessments due, and is 18 years of age or older may be considered as a candidate and participate in the election.  All eligible producers are encouraged to bring a sales receipt proving that hogs were sold in their name and the checkoff deducted.  For more information contact the South Carolina Pork Board at 803-734-2218.

USFRA Looking for a New set of ‘Faces’

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance has begun accepting applications for new Faces of Farming & Ranching. To help put a real face on agriculture,  later this year, USFRA will select standout farmers and ranchers who are proud of what they do, eager to share their stories of continuous improvement, and who are actively involved in sharing those stories in public and on social media.
Farmers and ranchers who grow and raise an assortment of foods through various methods, on differing scale and across all regions of the country are encouraged to apply, as it is important to show American agriculture and all of its diversity. To apply, visit to complete an application entry form, and to submit a video no longer than three minutes that shows your operation and your role on the farm/ranch. Entries will be accepted until midnight CDT Sunday, August 10.  In 2013, North Carolina’s Bo Stone was selected, and South Carolina’s Eric McClam was a finalist.'

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.