Tobacco Farm Life Museum Fundraising Event Friday at the Southern Farm Show

They’ll be celebrating a big birthday later this year, the North Carolina Tobacco Farm Life Museum in Kenly. Museum director Gayle Kildoyle:

“We have a 6,000 sq. foot gallery plus seven other buildings on the grounds that visitors can see. It includes a one room schoolhouse, a farmstead, the tobacco barn, the peck house and a workshop. We try to portray the life of the NC farmer. We focus from the 1880s up to about 1940. It will be our 30th anniversary this summer.”

The museum operates solely with private funding, and Kildoyle says several fundraisers are held through out the year, and one is this Friday:

“Our 8th breakfast with the Commissioner event is held every year at the Farm Show. The Commissioner has been kind enough each year to host this event and have the proceeds donated back to the museum. Every year our Board of Directors picks someone in the agriculture community that we would like to give an Excellence in Agriculture award to. This year we will be giving it to Mr. Dale Bone, who unfortunately passed away in December.”

Gayle Kildoyle, Director of the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in Kenly, NC.

NCC Economist Keynote at SC Cotton Growers Meeting

Gary Adams, vice president for economics and policy analysis for the National Cotton Council of America, gave a 2013 industry outlook at the S.C. Cotton Growers annual meeting Tuesday in Orangeburg. Adams stated that as with many industries, uncertainty in the world cotton market can be summed up in one word: China. The big question is: When will China decide it has enough cotton in reserve? “That’s the big unknown,” according to Adams.

Adams summed up his thoughts this way; “With exports the biggest unknown, the market seems to be waiting for a signal from China on what it plans to do”.

Survey Deadline Nears

Tomorrow is the deadline to participate in the South Carolina Department of Agriculture’s online or mail-in survey on the next locations of the Pesticide Recovery Program. The program is for all South Carolina farmers, foresters and nurserymen to safety dispose of old, outdated, unusable or unwanted pesticides. The survey deadline is January 31st. For a link to the survey, click here. The survey takes just minutes and is confidential.

Senate’s Immigration Reform Framework to Treat Ag Workers Differently

Agricultural laborers would be on a separate path to U.S. citizenship than other undocumented workers in the immigration reforms proposed by eight senators on Monday that cited the importance of feeding America.

In a four-page outline, the senators say "agricultural workers who commit to the long-term stability of our nation's agricultural industries will be treated differently than the rest of the undocumented population because of the role they play in ensuring that Americans have safe and secure agricultural products to sell and consume." For more on the senate’s framework on immigration as it pertains to agriculture, visit our news feed.

Japan Loosens Restrictions on Beef Imports

United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the United States and Japan have agreed on new terms and conditions which pave the way for expanded exports of U.S. beef and beef products to Japan. Under these new terms, which enter into effect on February 1,

Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the US Trade Representative's Office, Issi Siddiqui, summarizes US beef trade with Japan over the last decade:

“Japan was our number one in export market prior to finding the BSE in 2003. Exports were affected and it partially opened the market for US beef exports.” 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.