News Roundup: May 18-24

By on May 24, 2013

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.

  • Abundant rains prove challenging for farmers,” Hendersonville Times News: Farmers depend on ample rain for their livelihoods, but county sod, corn and apple farmers say Mother Nature has provided too much of a good thing this spring. “My granddad always told me, ‘A dry year will scare you to death, but a wet year will starve you to death,’” said Jason Davis, who farms corn and vegetables at North River Farms in Mills River.   …
  • Rain doesn’t keep people away from Got to Be NC Festival,” News & Observer: A stroller-filled crowd descended upon the State Fairgrounds on Sunday, despite a few rain showers, for the annual Got to Be NC Festival. The weekend’s off-and-on wet dampened attendance at the festival that is designed to promote North Carolina agriculture, food, wine and, for the first time this year, beer.  …
  • Headwaters becomes newest NC state forest,” Asheville Citizen Times: North Carolina is now thousands of acres richer in forests, bogs, streams, plants, critters and waterfalls. The newly formed Headwaters State Forest sits in the East Fork watershed of the French Broad River in southern Transylvania County. …
  • Three conservationists win McBride award,” Hendersonville Times-News: Growing up, Owen Taylor and his two brothers spent countless hours exploring in the forested East Fork headwaters owned by their father, Charles Taylor. …
  • N.C. Senate’s budget plan includes funds for water, land conservation,” Wilmington Star News: Several Southeastern North Carolina priorities fare better in the Senate’s two-year budget plan compared to the recommendations made this year by Gov. Pat McCrory, though wildlife enthusiasts and environmentalists still worry about cuts proposed by Senate leaders to certain programs and agencies. …
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