As SFNToday wraps up highlights of the North Carolina Agribusiness Council’s Candidate Forum, incumbent republican candidate for North Carolina Ag commissioner Steve Troxler addressed improving transportation infrastructure, including making I-95 a toll road.
Out of millions of Christmas trees grown across the country, only one can be selected to be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House during the Christmas season. This year, that honor will go to a tree from North Carolina.
As the world’s middle class nearly triples in number, demand for meat, dairy products and eggs is expected to rise by as much as 100 percent by 2050. The question is, can agricultural production meet that demand without causing extensive environmental damage? An N.C. State University professor was among a group of U.S. academics who addressed this question in the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology Issue Paper, Water and Land Issues Associated with Animal Agriculture: A U.S. Perspective.
Waiving the Renewable Fuel Standard is a short-term solution that analysts and experts from Morgan Stanley and Purdue University agree might have little effect on corn prices, writes Adam Monroe of Novozymes.
Construction will begin by the end of 2012 on a $99 million cellulosic ethanol plant in Sampson County, putting North Carolina in the forefront of fuel production from non-food agricultural crops. The 20-million-gallon-a-year biofuel refinery is a public-private project involving the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Italian biofuels company Chemtex, and Novozymes, which has developed the enzymes used in the refining process.
"As we reported yesterday, North Carolina Agribusiness Council hosted a Candidates Forum earlier this week showcasing candidates for House of Representatives, as well as governor, lieutenant governor, commissioners of labor, insurance and agriculture. Democratic candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture Walter Smith addressed the forum’s question regarding economic development in the ag sector of North Carolina."
Growers of pickling cucumbers and other crops susceptible to infection by downy mildew may someday benefit from higher yields and lower production costs thanks to collaborative research by Clemson University’s School of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Sciences (SAFES) and North Carolina State University.
Bees don't always work for free. Many crops rely on pollination by honey bees and, as a result, there’s a market for the services of professional beekeepers and their bees. And the cost of those services has been on the rise. What’s driven the increase in pollination fees over the past 20 years? A new study from North Carolina State University shows that honey prices, invasive mites and the cost of diesel fuel are key factors.
N.C. State University’s Cotton Field Day will take place Sept. 12 at the Upper Coastal Plain Research Station in Rocky Mount. The bi-annual event, co-sponsored by the N.C. Cotton Producers Association, will focus on latest research into cotton tillage, variety trials, disease and insect management and rotational considerations.
At the North Carolina Agribusiness Council’s Candidate Forum, NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler was the last speaker of the evening. When presented with the question about North Carolina’s lack of a statewide biotech policy, and the ability of a county to institute a GMO ban, Troxler had these thoughts: “We can’t have laws in North Carolina that are county by county that put one farmer to a disadvantage to another. It must be uniform.”
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