North Carolina Producers should be Pleased with Senate Farm Bill Provisions

North Carolina's Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says that it's good to see increased funding for specialty crop block grans and programs to fight invasive plant pests remain funded in the Senate version of the 2012 farm bill.  The bill also continues funding for federal programs that help promote agricultural trade.  These programs have been beneficial to North Carolina farmers and food businesses. 

The US House is expected to take up their farm bill negotiations on July 11, and the conference committee could begin work to resolve differences in August.

Commissioner Troxler sees a couple of areas of disagreement which are likely to be commodity programs and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 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.