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NSP Board Application Deadline Nears

The deadline is fast approaching to submit an application for the four openings on the Board of Directors of the National Sorghum Producers Association. The term is three years, with attendance at four events each year, including Commodity Classic and a Washington DC fly-in. For more information and a link to the application, click here 

NC Small Grains Growers Concerned with Proposed Budget Cuts for Research

President Obama released his 2014 budget last week, and as anticipated there were many programs that will experience deep spending cuts. One of the many targeted for spending cuts is agricultural research. Dan Weathington, Executive Director of the North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association was in DC last week, and those spending cuts came up while talking with the state’s representatives:

“We found out that about $5 million was not included in that budget for critical research for the wheat industry which is the barley initiative that we need to keep going with. It’s a critical thing.”

Weathington says the small grains group that visited with North Carolina’s senators and representatives in Washington received positive responses on their budget concerns:

“I would encourage everyone in the state to contact their Congressman and Senators, we have had positive support when we’ve been in Washington.”

Canada Planning Retaliation Against U.S. COOL Rewrite

Canada is planning retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. if it fails to comply with the Country of Origin labeling changes dictated by the WTO. John Masswohl with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association says without changes – they’ll target tariffs on products from states where lawmakers have pushed COOL…

“We feel it needs to be resolved by Congress with a change in the legislation. If it doesn’t happen, the Minister was pretty clear in his message that Canada does intend to seek compensation from the US.” 

If approved by the WTO – tariffs could be assessed from 25 to 100-percent effectively shutting down U.S. exports to Canada – which is the top market for U.S. beef and in the top three for pork. 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.