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Virginia Inks Deal with Japan for Soybeans

A Virginia producer will supply the soybeans used to make a fermented breakfast food in Japan.

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the new export agreement Wednesday between Montague Farms in Center Cross and Tokyo importer Sun-Tommy International Co.

Montague Farms has a huge footprint in Virginia, contracting with other growers for more than 15,000 acres of field crops. The soybean so coveted by the Japanese is used in natto, the breakfast food that is considered a delicacy there.

Montague must meet strict standards demanded by the Japanese, including the size, shape and color of the soybean. The soybeans also must not be genetically modified.

Dates & Locations Set for 2013 Waste Pesticide Recovery Program

The dates and locations are set of the 2013 Waste Pesticide Recovery Program in South Carolina. The first of seven dates and locations is May 21st in Chester County at Carolina Eastern Inc. in Chester from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The second will be May 23rd at the Southern State Cooperative in the Edgefield County town of Johnston. For a complete list of times and locations visit our calendar.  

New EPA Ag Counselor Wants to Improve Communication

The new agriculture counselor at the Environmental Protection Agency says she wants to improve communications between the agency and rural America. Sarah Bittleman says she will need to hear from the farmers in order to counsel EPA on agriculture. Bittleman says her overall goals at EPA are to increase economic opportunity, make sure rural Americans know what is coming down the pike and to create jobs. She says there is a network of folks at the agency who have a genuine interest in agriculture.

Beef Checkoff Reaching Out to New Target with New Ad Campaign

A new “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.” campaign is debuting this month. According to Michele Murray – Consumer Marketing Executive Director for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association – the campaign builds on the core benefits that only beef offers. 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.