One of Several Regional Agronomy Posts Filled

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has hired Adam Lassiter as regional agronomist for Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Martin, Pamlico, Tyrrell and Washington counties. Lassiter is based at the Vernon James Center in Plymouth. Lassiter, a native of Perquimans County, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural education from North Carolina A&T State University. He has worked as a county agent for Cooperative Extension and as a private agricultural consultant.

New Equine Transportation Permit for 14 Southeastern States

As we reported yesterday, 14 southeastern states including the Carolinas and the Virginias have elected to use a new equine permit for moving horses between the cooperating states for events and such. Dr. Richard Wilkes, Virginia’s State Veterinarian explains what's needed and how it works:

“The Certificate of Veterinarian inspection, documentation that you had a negative test, application for the permit and acceptable identification, then we will issue the Equine Interstate Event Permit which gives the owner access to the 14 states for the next 6 months.” 

Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, New York and Arkansas are also participating in this permitting program.

It’s Official: Vilsack to Remain Secretary of Agriculture

The announcement has been made that Tom Vilsack will continue his service in the Obama Administration as Secretary of Agriculture. According to Vilsack – he and the President share a deep appreciation for rural America and its unlimited potential in the years ahead to feed a growing world population, revolutionize America’s energy, further protect our natural resources and create more jobs here at home.

Microloans Available to Young Farmers and Veterans

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters on a conference call about efforts to expand access to credit for America's farmers through microloans. The USDA says many young and beginning farmers, as well as returning veterans interested in agriculture as a career, often cite access to credit and capital as a major obstacle in putting down their roots in farming and ranching.

“This program will provide credit through our farm service agency network. We will provide credit in a reduced time process, in terms of the amount of time it takes staff to process loans, because we will be reducing the forms that have to be filled out.” 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.