Weird Weather Has Explanation

Scientists say the weird weather we're seeing, from the severe storms to extreme heat can be blamed on one thing, global warming. Princeton University Geosciences Professor Michael Oppenheimer says the burning of fossil fuels has blanketed the earth with greenhouse gases that in turn are warming the planet and bringing out the worst in drought, heat waves, and even torrential downpours.

“Even in a warming world, we see changes in precipitation patterns which sometimes bring dying, but intense rain storms in other places. The ocean is warmer and more water vapor evaporates from the ocean, so when conditions are ripe for precipitation it tends to be heavier.”

Oppenheimer says the weather has gotten to a dangerous point, so much so, fuel alternatives need to be put into place sooner rather than later.

E-15 Approved for Sale but Suppliers Can’t Get It

Earlier in the summer the sale of E-15 was approved for 2001 and newer vehicles. The independent Linn Co-op Oil Company based in Iowa, is all set to be the first in the nation to sell 15-percent ethanol-blended gasoline to customers – except for one little detail. They can’t get the fuel to sell it – according to Manager Jim Bechtold…

“The only catch is that we cant get the blend stock to blend with the alcohol to be able to sell E-15 in the summer months from June 1 to Sept 15.”

Sorghum Checkoff Accepting Applications for Leadership Program

The Sorghum Checkoff is launching its Leadership Sorghum Class I – which involves hands-on and classroom style learning where participants will learn how sorghum goes through the value chain, how checkoffs and interest organizations interact on behalf of the sorghum industry and what the future looks like for the crop. Participants also will be trained in professional development and enjoy networking opportunities. Eligible applicants must be farmers engaged in U.S. sorghum production. For electronic forms and a class schedule – go to www dot Sorghum Checkoff dot com slash leadership ( Applications are due July 20th – and class members and alternates will be notified no later than August 3rd.

Passage of Transportation Bill a “Big Deal” for Agriculture

The transportation bill ended up tackling a lot more than just transportation issues, including student loan rates and flood insurance, but AFBF Transportation Specialist Andrew Walmsley says the bottom line is good for U.S. agriculture. Walmsley says passage of the transportation bill is a big deal…

“It ties student loans, pension and transportation together in one package. They were up against the hard deadline of the gas tax collection and transportation funding flowing to the states from the federal government was expiring on June 30th.”

AFBF Launches Consumer Oriented Website

American Farm Bureau Federation has launched a new website…Today’s Agriculture. It’s an informative, consumer oriented site that offers recipes a forum on meeting farmers and ranchers, virtually, farm bloggers and more. Check it out at

Major Buffet Chain to Menu Sirloin Daily

Greer, S.C.-based Buffets Inc. announced starting today it is offering its Rancher's Select Sirloin every night at all of its brands which include over 350 locations across 36 states.

The hand cut sirloin will be marinated, seasoned and grilled to guest preference every night of the week. At some locations, guests can walk up to the grill and choose the exact steak they want. 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.