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NOrth Carolina Christmas Tree to Grace the White House Once Again

What Are The Motives Behind HSUS' Pacelle Running for Tyson Board of Directors?

Humane Society of the United States President Wayne Pacelle says he’s running for a position on Tyson Food’s board of directors. Pork producer Bill Tentinger explains that Pacelle is entitled to run for that spot – but questions his motives…

“He has a right to do it as a shareholder. But to me, it is another scare tactic. They have a lot of money to work with, they have good lawyers and they will continue to do these things.”

Pacelle says he’ll be urging Tyson to commit to a time frame to phase out the confinement of sows in gestation crates. HSUS officials say they own stock in Tyson Foods and have urged the company to revamp its policies.

Bacon Shortage Myth Exposed

While there’s been plenty of talk in the media about a bacon shortage – National Pork Board Assistant Vice President of Communications Cindy Cunningham says bacon will not be scarce in the U.S. Cunningham says the amount of pork available per person in America will drop just slightly to 44.6-pounds next year. Today it stands at 46-pounds per person. The price of bacon – however – will likely be higher. American Farm Bureau Federation Economist John Anderson agrees pork supplies will decrease slightly – but says the idea of widespread shortages is overblown.


Retail Sales Numbers Slow After Back-to-School Blitz

 Retails sales slowed in September with some retailers posting gains that beat expectations, and others missed expectations. Economist Robert Dye says the economy says the jobless rate and other economic factors are keeping spending down.

 “We will get the credit fueled spending because there is an awful lot of pent up demand out there. I don’t think we are at the point yet where we really see acceleration in that fundamental consumer spending that comes out of the weekly paycheck.”

New Ford & GM Vehicles Approved for E-15

Without fanfare, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Inc. have approved the use of E15 fuel in at least some new vehicles, beginning with the 2013 model year, in Ford’s case, and the 2012 year, in GM’s case. Neither company has made an announcement, but owners’ manuals for new cars state whether or not that model is designed for E15 fuel use.

North Carolina Grown Christmas Tree to Grace the White House Once Again

A team of White House grounds officials were in Ashe County earlier this week to select a Christmas tree to adorn the official residence this year. Bill Glenn, NCDA, horticultural marketing specialist in Asheville:

“North Carolina has been selected twelve times since 1966. No other state even comes close.”

Peak Farms, owned by Rusty Estes and his son Beau, near Jefferson will supply this year’s tree. Having a Christmas tree picked for the White House is usually a once-in-a-career thing for a Christmas tree grower, but it's actually the second time Rusty Estes has supplied the White House tree. 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.