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..
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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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