News Roundup: April 14-20

By on April 20, 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.

  • Pavilion gets official touch,” Lumberton Robesonian: Steve Troxler, the state commissioner of agriculture, envisions great things happening at the new multi-purpose pavilion he officially opened at the Southeastern N.C. Agricultural Center on Tuesday. …
  • Eat your fill of strawberries,” News & Observer: Strawberries are ready! Yes, farm stands are selling them and fields are open to pick your own. Buy them early and often. You can fill up on them without guilt. …
  • Small Grain Field Days Scheduled for May,” Southern Farm Network: The North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association along with NC State Extension is hosting three small grain field days the second and third week of May. …
  • Support local farms,” Durham Herald-Sun: Durham and Orange counties were ahead of the curve in the farm to fork movement. Many of our most outstanding chefs have long relied on locally grown produce and proteins. …
  • Drought brings outbreak of horse disease,” Charlotte Observer: Agriculture officials in Arkansas and Louisiana have warned veterinarians to watch for signs of a potentially fatal horse disease if there’s another drought this year. The disease is often called pigeon fever because basketball-sized abscesses in the chest and abdomen can give horses a pigeon-breasted look. …
  • Wheat stripe rust found in North Carolina,” Southeast Farm Press: Wheat stripe rust has been found on a farm in the southern end of North Carolina, adding to the weather-related troubles this year’s crop has already encountered. …
  • Saunders: From farm to White House,” News & Observer: Chad Ray was awed by the moment. Who wouldn’t be, a small farmer from North Carolina sitting next to a big-shot IBM executive in, of all places, the White House. …
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