News Roundup

by | May 15, 2009

newsroundup12Each week we’ll round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from newspapers across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to each paper’s full story.

  • “Farmers markets 101,” Charlotte Observer: Farmers markets offer consumers a chance to have a flexible palate. Look for heirloom varieties of tomatoes and taste the difference. Not sure what to do with an unusual fruit or vegetable? Chances are the farmer you buy from can give you some tips on how to prepare it. They might even have printed recipes available right at the stand. Just ask. …
  • “Perdue recommends livestock market,” Hendersonville Times-News: Cattle farmers in Western North Carolina moved one step closer to getting a local livestock market. On Monday, Gov. Beverly Perdue recommended funding the market and 15 other projects in Western North Carolina worth a total of $4 million. …

  • “Grants available for specialty crops,” Asheville Citizen-Times: The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is offering grants to fund new projects to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in the marketplace. Nearly $1.2 million will be available in 2009 through a competitive grant process for projects that benefit the specialty crop industry. …
  • “Milk: It Does North Carolina Good,” N.C. Farm Bureau Magazine: Rolling green pastures dotted with cows, and silos set against a glowing sunset both scenes are slowly disappearing from rural North Carolina. … The N.C. Dairy Producers Association teamed up with N.C. Farm Bureau, N.C. Department of Agriculture and N.C. State University to develop a strategic plan for the dairy industry. …
  • “State agency: No part of NC experiencing drought,” Durham Herald-Sun: Above average rainfall in recent months has lifted all of North Carolina out of drought status for the first time in more than two years, officials said Thursday.The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced that the latest federal drought map shows widespread rainfall in recent weeks brought improvements statewide, most notably in 14 mountain counties that had been North Carolina’s only area experiencing drought. …