SC Ag Council Meeting Today

The quarterly meeting of the South Carolina Ag Council will take place Thursday at the Farm Bureau office in Cayce, SC.

The meeting will focus on "Strategies for Value Added Production in South Carolina.” Speakers includes Greg Hyman of Hyman Vineyards; Dr. Mark Keisler owner of Golden Jubilee Farms; Ted Campbell, Senior Project Manager, Global Business Development South Carolina Department of Commerce; and Jackie Moore, Executive Director of South Carolina Specialty Food Association. Registration begins at 9:30 am with the presentation starting at 10, followed by a lunch.

Cost is $12 per person, and the address of the Farm Bureau office in Cayce is 724 Knox Abbot Drive.

Farm Bill a Question for Lame Duck Session

Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas – and House Ag Chairman – won his seat again Tuesday. As for the farm bill – there has been a lot of talk as to whether it will be brought up during the lame duck session – as Congress returns to work next week. Lucas says re-elected President Barack Obama has an incentive to address farm bill policy, military sequestration and tax issues:

“The 35 billion dollars that we tried to save in the house ag committee version of the farm bill is one of the few bills that have real savings that are really countable and I think we might be needed in some of these calculations. So for whatever reason, if there is a window of opportunity, I want to get the farm bill done.”

Yield Contest Accepting Entries

Entries for the North Carolina Corn Yield Contest are still being accepted. The contest is administered by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and sponsored by the state’s corn growers association.

The contest has divisions for dryland and irrigated acres and recognizes a no-till winner within each.

Last year, Maple Knoll Farms in Currituck County won the dryland division with 273 bushels per acre and Wood Farm of Cherokee County took top honors in dryland no-till with 272 bushels per acre.

Guilford County’s Mark Hardy’s 282 bushels per acre using no-till crowned him champion in the irrigated division.

Deadline for the 2012 contest is November 30.

Official runs and entry forms for this year’s contest can be found within Southern Farm Network’s 2012 Harvest Highlights featured HERE.

Grant Proposals Accepted Across the State

Seventeen organizations have been selected to receive 22 specialty-crop grants, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced.

North Carolina’s specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, Christmas trees, turfgrass and sod, and nursery and greenhouse crops.

Grant proposals were submitted by nonprofit organizations, commodity groups, government agencies and universities. The selected projects ranged from promoting N.C. sweet potatoes and blueberries to developing organic farming and growing a hops industry in North Carolina.

“We are pleased to be able to award nearly $1.2 million to 17 groups across the state,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “These projects will enhance the competitiveness of the state’s specialty crops in the marketplace, and help local farm families grow more profitable crops.”

The program is administered by the department and funded through a U.S. Department of Agriculture program established by the 2008 farm bill.

South Carolina Market Highlights

Here are highlights from yesterday’s local cash prices at South Carolina markets.
National direct barrows and gilts from 240 to 300 pounds, 60.41, down 0.23 cents.
Feeder cattle unevenly steady with steers 400 to 500 pounds ranging from 137 to 155, while slaughter cows and bulls were both steady.

Corn was 3 to 4 cents higher with bids from 7.44 to 8.39.
Soybeans were 7 1o 12 cents lower at 14.10 to 14.69.
New crop wheat ranged 2 to 12 higher at 7.88 to 8.40.
And the southeast cotton base price was 67.58, down 27 cents.

Don't forget you can see all of these prices on SFN Today. Just look for the Markets tab on the Homepage. 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.