Recalled Cantaloupes Shipped to NC, SC, & VA

Food Lion received recalled Burch Farms "Caribbean Gold" cantaloupes at 463 locations in seven states. The cantaloupes were first recalled on July 28 due to a random sample testing positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
Food Lion published a list of affected stores, which includes locations in GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, VA and WV. Food Lion has urged customers to discard any recalled cantaloupes, but to save the PLU sticker for a full refund. The recalled melons feature a red Burch Farms sticker with PLU #4319.

Obama Encourages Passage of Farm Bill

With the severe drought impacting most of the U.S. – more than 1500 counties across 32 states have been designated as disaster areas by USDA – and USDA also has opened up more land for haying and grazing along with working with crop insurance companies to give farmers a short grace period on unpaid insurance premiums. President Obama says Congress obviously has a role in disaster relief for farmers…

The President hopes members of Congress will feel a greater sense of urgency on passing this legislation after visiting with constituents back at home in rural communities. In the meantime – he says his Administration will use the full extent of its powers to make sure it’s responding appropriately.

Hogs Sent Home from State Fair

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 12 cases of the H3N2V influenza virus – 11 occurring in people who attended county fairs in Indiana where swine were present. The Indiana State Fair sent home most hogs after six pigs in the 4-H show developed high fevers. Indiana State Veterinarian Bret Marsh says the decision is prudent in light of what has occurred the last several weeks at county fairs across the state. The CDC says there is no evidence the virus can be transmitted through properly handled pork.

RFS Waiver Picking Up Congressional Support

A Bipartisan group of 25 U.S. Senators have joined 156 House members in asking EPA to waive the RFS in order to help drought plagued livestock producers. NPPC President Elect Randy Spronk says the drought is hurting pork producers and relief through a waiver of the RFS is definitely needed…

Spronk says rising feed costs and lack of availability is a major concern for pork producers trying to survive this year’s drought…Spronk says pork producers are watching with anticipation and some trepidation on what Friday’s USDA WASDE report brings with its possible numbers in terms of grain supplies.

Consumers Concerned About Drought’s Effect on Food Prices

The results of a survey conducted by Harris Interactive showed more than one in three U.S. adults are very concerned that that drought in the Midwest will lead to higher food prices, according to an online survey conducted on behalf of CouponCabin.
In all, 94 percent of respondents are at least somewhat concerned.

Although only 43 percent said they have been following news coverage of the drought, 86 percent were aware of the drought.

If food prices go up, consumers said they would use coupons (70 percent of respondents), buy store brands instead of brand-name foods (60 percent), buy less expensive food items such as canned goods (48 percent), shop at a discount grocery store (45 percent), buy in bulk (41 percent), and freeze large amounts of food (33 percent). 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.