News Roundup: March 10-16

By on March 16, 2012

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.

  • Plant a tree on Arbor Day,” Richmond County Daily Journal: NC Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is encouraging North Carolinians to plant a tree today, Arbor Day in North Carolina. …
  • Seeds of new interest in school ag programs begin to sprout,” Winston-Salem Journal: High school agriculture programs have lost a little of their popularity as Forsyth County farms have given way to suburban homes. But the programs that remain have experienced a mini-Renaissance lately. …
  • Robbins Chosen for Farm Incubator Program,” Southern Pines Pilot: Robbins has won a coveted slot as one of six towns in the state to take part in a program to spark new farmers and farms. The Incubator Farm Project of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems is a partnership of N.C. State University, N.C. A&T State University and the N.C. Department of Agriculture. …
  • As commodity prices rise, farmers carefully plan,” News & Observer: Although Jimmy Thomas’ 2,500-acre family farm near Roxboro, north of Durham, N.C., is hundreds of miles from the fertile soil of the Midwest, he is acutely aware of what farmers there are up to this year. With prices for commodities such as corn, soybeans and wheat at historic highs, U.S. farmers are expected to plant the most acres this year that they have in a generation. …
  • Alamance Extension to host specialty foods seminar,” Burlington Times-News: The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will host its first Food Business Conference at the Alamance Cooperative Extension offices in Burlington on May 8. …
  • Update: Reynolds American to cut 540 jobs,” Greensboro News & Record: Reynolds American Inc., the second-biggest U.S. tobacco company, said Wednesday that it will eliminate about 10 percent of its workforce, or about 540 jobs, by the end of 2014 as it works to align its costs with changing dynamics within the industry. …
  • Students participate in Fourth Annual Environmental Field Day,” Yadkin Ripple: As Yadkin County Extension Agent Nancy Keith visited each work station at Yadkin County Park recently, the second day of the Fourth Annual Environmental Field Day for county school children was running well with speakers sharing science and technical knowledge. …
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