News Roundup: Dec. 3-9

By on December 9, 2011

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to the full story.

  • O, fresh Christmas tree,” Charlotte Observer: Picking out a fresh Christmas tree? Here are a few tips to make sure you get the evergreen you want – and avoid the hassles you don’t. …
  • Free workshop planned for women and minority farmers,” Wilmington Journal: An outreach workshop focusing on assistance to underserved groups including women and minority farmers and forest landowners will be held from 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. on December 15, 2011 at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside Hotel in Wilmington. …
  • New ruling provides more protection to chicken farmers,” Winston-Salem Journal: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration issued a ruling Friday that increases certain protections for poultry and hog farmers. One change sets criteria for determining whether it is unlawful for a company to require growers to make expensive upgrades. …
  • N.C. meat processor goes organic,” Mountain Xpress: In a boon to the local and niche meat industry in North Carolina, a Taylorsville meat processing company has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to process certified organic meats. …
  • Shock waves from MF Global collapse felt on farms,” Charlotte Observer: The shock waves from the collapse of commodities trading firm MF Global Inc. are hitting hard across rural America, where farmers, ranchers and agricultural business owners are nervously waiting to learn how much money they’ve lost. …
  • Buffalo roam again near Asheville,” Asheville Citizen-Times: The bull bison, known as “1683” by its tagged ear, topped out at more than a ton. It edged its massive horned head over the bed of the Ford pickup, its long tongue seeking the treats Frankie King shelled out from a bag. …
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