Registration Open for NC Aquaculture Development Conference

Each winter, the North Carolina Aquaculture Development Conference draws more than 200 fish farmers, scientists and industry newcomers from across the Southeast to discuss research and current marketing trends for farm-raised fish and seafood. The 2014 gathering will be held in New Bern, Feb. 20-22.

The conference theme, Navigating Currents of Change, focuses attention on how aquaculture fits into emerging consumer markets. The keynote speaker will be Debbie Hamrick, director of specialty crops for the NC Farm Bureau Federation.

The conference will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel New Bern Riverfront. Registration and event details are available at .

Southeastern Farmer Revealed in Full-length Farming Documentary

With the filming completed and full-length documentary Farmland in post-production phases in a Hollywood studio, filmmaker James Moll has revealed the subjects of the film, set to be released nationwide in spring 2014. The documentary, made possible by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, follows six U.S. farmers and ranchers, all in their 20s, on their operations across the United States. Through his research for the film, Moll specifically looked at a variety of factors in order to feature a diverse group of individuals, based on farming and ranching practices, as well as geographic location and the types of crops and livestock grown on each operation. Representing the Southeast in the film will be Leighton Cooley, a fourth generation poultry, cow-calf and hay farmer, who operates four farms in Georgia with his father.

Farm Bill May be Dead for 2013

The President of the American Soybean Association says the clock may have run out on a farm bill this year. Danny Murphy says if a new farm bill isn’t written this year – it may not be because of the political animosity after Senate Democrats Thursday forced a historic rules change ending filibusters of most judicial and agency nominations. After all – the Senate-passed farm bill had bipartisan support.

But speaking Friday – after both Houses left town without a deal – Murphy said the clock has just about run out on a bill this year…

“They really need to have the conference report finished because of the legislative time to finish the farm bill, it needs to go out.”

Just as a new budget and debt ceiling crisis could be coming to a head.'

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.