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North Carolina Pork Council Working Against Childhood Hunger

The N.C. Pork Council (NCPC) and The Food Effect website have launched a month-long campaign to raise awareness about childhood hunger, strengthen the social networks of North Carolina’s seven Feeding America food banks, and raise up to $14,000 in donations for the food banks.

The Food Effect, launched in 2011 by the NCPC in partnership with the state’s Feeding America food banks is an online network designed to fight childhood hunger and the detrimental effects it can have on physical, cognitive and behavioral development.

The new campaign, an outgrowth of The Food Effect, is designed to simultaneously raise money for each of the state’s seven banks and help them to recruit thousands of additional followers on Facebook. For each new fan who “likes” a food bank on Facebook between November 25 and year’s end, the NCPC will donate $2 to that food bank, up to a maximum of $2,000 per bank.

NASS Announces Suspended Reports, Surveys

Since the new fiscal year is starting with the fiscal year 2013 sequestration-level funding under a continuing resolution – USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service isn’t able to reinstate the programs suspended in March of 2013. NASS will not conduct a number of statistical surveys in fiscal year 2014. Estimates and reports suspended due to sequestration include the July Cattle Report, Potato Stocks Report, June Rice Stocks Report and All Hops and Hops Stocks Estimates. The decision to suspend these reports – according to USDA – was not made lightly – but was necessary because of the funding situation.

Lucas Calls This Week the Farm Bill Deadline

Frank Lucas – House Agriculture Committee Chairman and leader of the Farm Bill Conference Committee – says farm bill leaders need to have a draft of the farm bill by the end of this week if it’s to become law before the end of the year. Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow expressed hope the leaders could release a framework by the end of the week or shortly thereafter. These committee leaders aren’t alone in their desire to make a big push forward in the farm bill negotiations.

Still Time to Exhibit at SC Agribiz & Farm Expo

The 2nd annual South Carolina Agribiz and Farm Expo is January 16th and 17th at the Florence Civic Center in Florence, South Carolina. In October, more exhibitor space was added to the Expo, so applications will be accepted for exhibitors in the trade show until December 10th. For more information or an application visit

Troops to Receive Thousands of Christmas Trees

The Trees for Troops program provides free, farm-grown Christmas trees to armed forces members and their families each Christmas. This year they have plans to deliver more than 17-thousand trees to 61 military bases in the U.S. and overseas. The program kicks off this week at a The trees are provided through the generosity of Christmas tree growers, retailers and consumers across the country. Shipping is provided by FedEx. The public can support Trees for Troops by making donations. Just visit . 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.