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Drought may not necessarily benefit local corn farmers | Mt. Airy News

Drought may not necessarily benefit local corn farmers | Mt. Airy News | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

The drought in the Midwest could have a positive effect on local corn and soybean producers but there’s a down side to supply and demand in agriculture.

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Farmers grappling with Irene even a year later  | ajc.com

Farmers grappling with Irene even a year later  | ajc.com | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

WAITSFIELD, Vt. — A year after Hurricane Irene swept away topsoil and crops and replaced them with rocks and contaminants, farmers from North Carolina to Vermont are rebounding but still grappling with the aftermath — on top of an early spring cold snaps, a dry summer and an anticipated spike in feed costs caused by the Midwestern drought..

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NC Apple crop hurting though local crops appear okay | WBTV

NC Apple crop hurting though local crops appear okay | WBTV | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Apple growers in North Carolina may have lost 80 percent of their crop this year.
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Buffalo rancher plans herd expansion into cattle country | Smoky Mountain News

Frank King is on a mission to find the perfect meat. King, the owner of King Bio Natural Medicine, holistic pharmaceutical company based in Asheville,...
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Pack ‘N Cool provides farmers with mobile refrigeration solution | Southeast Farm Press

North Carolina State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) has developed a new mobile cooling unit for farmers.
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Ag Commissioner wants more NC corn | 1050 WFSC & 96.7 WNCC

Here in North Carolina, the state’s Agriculture Commissioner is calling on farmers in the Tarheel State to help meet more of the demand across the world ...
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Cooperative Extension, others in McDowell producing food locally

The local office of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service works hard to assist McDowell County’s farmers produce a variety of delicious and nutritious foods while also empowering young and old alike through an array of programs.
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Drought spurs demand for mountain vegetables | BlueRidgeNow.com

HORSE SHOE — Carolyn Edmundson doesn't get much sleep these days. In fact, her bedtime usually is limited to anywhere from 90 minutes to three hours between mid-June and the end of October.
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Record Corn Crop Predicted for NC | WUNC-FM

Record Corn Crop Predicted for NC | WUNC-FM | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
State agriculture officials are predicting a record corn crop this year.
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Corn prices rise, farmers reap gain | Morganton News Herald

Corn prices rise, farmers reap gain | Morganton News Herald | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Farmers in North Carolina will be reaping more than ears of corn this harvest season.
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Ag Commissioner Troxler would like to see more NC corn | NC News Network

Many farmers across the Midwest are abandoning ruined corn crops and salvaging what they can to feed to their animals, especially cattle. Of the 96.4 million acres of corn the U.S. Department of Agriculture says was planted in the United States this year, less than 1 percent was in North Carolina.

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Governors attack ethanol mandate | Agriculture.com

Governors attack ethanol mandate | Agriculture.com | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue and Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe have petitioned the federal government to suspend its production mandate for corn-based ethanol in efforts to lower prices for the grain that livestock producers depend on for feed.

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N.C. corn growers have good crop in year of record prices | Charlotte Observer

N.C. corn growers have good crop in year of record prices | Charlotte Observer | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

For corn growers in the Midwest, drought has made this one of the worst years. For those who grow corn in North Carolina, it’s looking like one of the best. “Once in a while we get a blue moon,” said Ron Heiniger, a corn specialist for N.C. State University based at a research station in Plymouth in Washington County. “It looks like that’s what going to happen this year. We’ve got the confluence of a good crop and good prices. It only happens once in a while.”

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Save the corn for feed and food | News & Observer

Gov. Beverly Perdue this week petitioned the EPA to waive the federally mandated Renewable Fuel Standard. This is not a political issue; this is about saving North Carolina jobs, the state's economy and our farms, and keeping food affordable.
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Goldsboro rickshaws bring produce to poor neighborhoods | News & Observer

Goldsboro rickshaws bring produce to poor neighborhoods | News & Observer | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
The Produce Ped’lers bike delivery program made its first delivery rides Wednesday. The riders loaded up vegetables, peaches and melons at a small farmers market in Herman Park in Goldsboro in the morning, then rolled into low-income neighborhoods.
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Ethanol-maker gets USDA backing for NC fuel plant | CBS News

A company that wants to turn grasses grown on North Carolina hog farms into motor fuel on Wednesday got the federal backing it wanted before building an ethanol plant supporters think could mark a milestone in the state's rural economy.

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NC producers plant second crop of soybeans | SFNToday.com

NC producers plant second crop of soybeans | SFNToday.com | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

All the talk lately has been about corn; corn in the Midwest drying up, corn in the Carolinas coming in like gang busters. With all the focus on corn, soybeans have been overlooked a little, and Jim Dunphy, NC State Extension soybean specialist says there’s a really good crop in the ground this year.

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Tour attracts farmers and others to learn | Davidson Dispatch

Tour attracts farmers and others to learn | Davidson Dispatch | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
It doesn't matter if they were the owner of a large production farm or a private citizen, curious about agriculture in Davidson County, a variety of people spent Tuesday morning and a good portion of the afternoon traveling the county to see how...
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US (NC): Apple crop down in North Carolina | Fresh Plaza

US (NC): Apple crop down in North Carolina | Fresh Plaza | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
FreshPlaza is the number one portal for the fresh produce industry, offering the latest news, job advertisements, pricewatch, and photo albums...
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Barn Storm tour highlights local organic produce | New Bern Sun Journal

Barn Storm tour highlights local organic produce | New Bern Sun Journal | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it

Jared Cates of Carolina Farm Stewardship Association found plenty of encouragement at New Bern Farmers Market on Saturday for his “eat local and organic produce” message. At his 14th of 32 stops through North and South Carolina, Cates got up as early as the farmers he promotes to set up his booth with information on local organic produce, including the group’s 27th annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference in October.

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Grass may grow into fuel of the future | Fayetteville Observer

The grass grows as tall as two men and thick as a jungle.
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Poultry prices poised to SKYROCKET after worst U.S. drought in half a century ravaged one-sixth of nation's entire corn crop | Daily Mail

Poultry prices poised to SKYROCKET after worst U.S. drought in half a century ravaged one-sixth of nation's entire corn crop | Daily Mail | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
Experts expect chicken prices to increase by at least 3 per cent in the nation's grocery stores come this fall as a result of the devastating drought that has wiped out a large portion of the nation's corn crop.
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Federal grant will support NC agriculture economy, spur jobs | BlueRidgeNow.com

Two regional organizations have received an $815,000 federal grant that will support Western North Carolina's agriculture economy and spur job creation in 23 counties, including Henderson County.
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NC corn growers have good crop in year of record prices | News & Observer

FAISON, N.C. - If it's true that farmers only remember their worst years and their best ones, 2012 will stand out in their memories for a long while.
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How will 2012 drought affect NC consumers? | NBC-17

How will 2012 drought affect NC consumers? | NBC-17 | North Carolina Agriculture | Scoop.it
The severe drought across the country is already affecting North Carolina agriculture and could affect consumers later this year.
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