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North & South Carolina Remain Drought Free

For the third week in a row, North Carolina is drought free. A year ago almost 26% of the state was reporting abnormally dry conditions, while at the start of the calendar year, just shy of six months ago, two percent of the state reported severe drought.

Transparency vs. Information Consumer Actually Want

Farmers and ranchers are trying to figure out what consumers truly want – as the information consumers want made transparent is constantly changing. North Carolina Farmer Bo Stone says it’s important for farmers and ranchers to be transparent about how they raise their animals and grow their crops – but he says consumers must be transparent about what they want – too…

“As an industry it does us no good if we only listen to the 5% that are talking the loudest. We all need to speak up and tell what we want and what we want to know about the food we eat every day. How we do the things on our farm and the things of continuous improvement, treating our animals with respect and care, being good stewards of the environment, etc.”

Stone was one of the panelists at the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance’s Food Dialogues Chicago on June 19th – and they discussed the challenge of being transparent.

South Carolina Remains Drought Free

The state of South Carolina remains drought free in the latest drought monitor released by USDA. For the third week in a row the has no abnormally dry conditions, compared to almost 100% of the state experiencing some level of drought at the beginning of the calendar year…less than six months ago. One year ago 4 ½ % of the state was in extreme drought.

JoCo Superintendent Receives Honorary Degree from FFA

Dr. Ed Croom, Superintendent for Johnston County Schools, received an Honorary State FFA Degree at the Future Farmers of America State Convention on June 19, 2013.

The Honorary State FFA Degree is the highest honorary degree awarded by the North Carolina FFA Association and is presented at the annual State FFA Convention. The purpose of the honorary degree program is to recognize individuals who have rendered outstanding service to the North Carolina Agricultural Education/FFA Program. 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.