News Roundup

by | Jul 31, 2009

newsroundup13Each 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.

  • “Food Briefs: Want a blue ribbon?,” News & Observer: Then you should enter a cooking contest at the N.C. State Fair. Some new contests have been announced: “Best Cookie Contest for Kids,” “Dream Up a Delicious Dessert Pie,” and something called “Get Creative with your Cereal,” which involves Malt-o-Meal cold cereal. The deadline is Oct. 10. So start brainstorming and check www.ncstatefair.org for more information.
  • “Use Facebook, food companies urged,” Winston-Salem Journal: The N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services is pushing small food companies to use Facebook to develop new markets. The agency held a seminar yesterday for small food companies looking for new ways to promote and expand their businesses. Farmers and entrepreneurs got a course on how such new media tools as Twitter, Facebook and Google alerts can help foodies find a company’s products.
  • “To-mmm mmm-atoes!,” News & Observer: Consider the tomato sandwich. It’s an excellent example of the maxim that the simplest ingredients yield the highest reward: Bread. Mayonnaise. Tomato. Salt. Pepper. You can debate each element — which bread, which mayonnaise, which tomato. But add anything more, and you’ve gone too far. You may be able to buy a tomato in January, but you can achieve tomato sandwich greatness only in the months of tomato perfection. …
  • “Area farmer headed to Congress,” Hendersonville Times-News: Kenny Barnwell is headed to Washington. The Henderson County apple farmer is scheduled to testify about the impact of the Farm Bill on specialty farmers during a hearing before Congress on Thursday. Barnwell is active in community issues, especially those that involve the farm community. …