News Roundup

by | Dec 4, 2009

newsroundup1Each 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.

  • “N.C. Christmas tree crop is tops, ag commissioner says,” Winston-Salem Journal: State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler says the state has one of the best crops ever thanks to cool weather and adequate rainfall. Troxler said North Carolina’s 2009 Christmas tree harvest should top 5 million trees from more than 1,500 growers. More than 96 percent of N.C. Christmas trees are Fraser firs, which are grown in the mountains. Farmers in the Piedmont and coastal plain grow pines, cedars and other varieties well-suited to warmer conditions. North Carolina was second in the nation in Christmas tree sales in 2008 at $100 million. …
  • “Christmas tree farmers prepare for busy week ahead,” News 14: North Carolina Christmas tree farmers spent the day before Thanksgiving getting ready for the day after. Friday is one of the busiest days for those farmers as people across the state head out in search of the perfect tree. “The busiest weekend is this coming weekend, and then next, usually, because everybody’s got family in and they want to go ahead and put the tree up and do it all together,” Katinka Day, owner of Windy Ridge Tree Farm, said. And before the first Christmas trees can be sold, growers have a lot to do to get ready. …
  • “N.C. burley tobacco market opens Tuesday,” WRAL: North Carolina’s burley tobacco growers may have just one place to sell their product this season. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that Planters Tobacco Warehouse in Asheville will open Tuesday. Warren Anders operates the warehouse and says he expects representatives of a nonprofit cooperative to attend, along with possibly two or three other buyers. …
  • “Good-practices rules will affect N.C. farmers, ag economist says,” Winston-Salem Journal: Blake Brown, an agricultural economist and veteran agent of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, will speak to Edgecombe County farmers next week at the 32nd annual Farm-City Breakfast. Brown, 50, is the Hugh C. Kiger Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at N.C. State University. He also helped structure the federal tobacco buyout that took place earlier this decade. Part of his talk with farmers and produce suppliers will focus on agriculture trends and how farmers can adapt to them. …
  • “Sweet potato weevil quarantine expanded,” Southeast Farm Press: The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has established an exterior quarantine for Colleton County, S.C., because of the detection of the sweet potato weevil in the county. The quarantine prohibits the movement of sweet potatoes, roots, sweet potato plants (including ornamental plants), vines, and vines or roots of other plants belonging to the morning glory family, from Colleton County into North Carolina. The quarantine is effective immediately. Colleton becomes the fifth South Carolina county under exterior quarantine. The others are Beaufort, Charleston, Clarendon and Florence. …
  • “N.C. wines make perfect gifts,” Charlotte Observer: If a wine lover is on your holiday gift list, the shopping is pretty easy. Most of us are thrilled with a pretty decanter or a nice bottle or two. But if you are looking for a gift that has more of a local connection, here are some homegrown ideas. …