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Southeast Predicted to Dry Out Beginning Next Week

USDA’s weather forecast for June 18th through the 24th is calling for drying out conditions in the southeast. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey:

“Looks like a hot dry weather pattern setting up all the way from the four corners region to the central and southern plains and into the southeast.”

Bayer CropScience Celebrates, Expands

At the 105th Anniversary celebration of Bayer CropScience earlier this week Jim Bloom, President and CEO of Bayer CropScience North America described the expansion plans for Research Triangle Park:

“It started last March when we named RTP as our global headquarters for our seasoned biotechnology business. We have bought the adjacent property and more than doubled our footprint, we have about 129 acres.”

And with that land expansion, Bloom explains RTP will soon become the North American Headquarters for Bayer CropScience:

“Now we have all of our scientists in one city and soon to be in one campus. An area of working together and collaboration is our goal.”

For more from Bayer’s President and CEO Jim Bloom, visit

Farm Bill Gets a Boost

The Farm Bill got a boost in the house…

“His support isn’t whole hearted..’I’ve got concerns’, but Speaker John Bainer says he will vote for the five year farm bill that will soon come before the House. ‘Doing nothing means we get no changes in the farm or nutrition program.’ The House version looks to cut about $2 billion from the food stamp program, that is about 5 times as much as the Senate approved this week. The House version also makes it harder to qualify for food stamps and eliminates some subsidies.”

Meanwhile the Senate has taken up immigration reform. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says …

“Reform that takes significant steps to stop illegal crossing is important. And reform that doesn’t take significant steps to stop illegal crossings will fail.”

Frozen Berry Blend Might Be Tainted

Ross Simpson reports two supermarket chains are looking for people who bought a frozen berry mix linked to an outbreak of Hepatitis A, a contagious liver disease…

“If you bought a frozen organic berry mix sold at Costco or Harris Teeter stores sold under the Townsend Farms label or the Harris Teeter brand, you might want to contact the stores about free vaccinations for Hepatitis A, a contagious liver disease. At least 87 people have been affected so far in 8 states.” 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.