News Roundup: Jan. 8-14

by | Jan 14, 2011

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.

  • Corn, soybean prices skyrocket on supply report,” Charlotte Observer: Corn and soybean prices skyrocketed after the government lowered this year’s production forecasts. Supplies are already tight for both crops and demand for them is growing. …
  • State shuts down animal gas chamber,” Gaston Gazette: The gas chamber used by Lincoln County Animal Services has been shut down following a citation by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. The notice of violation halted the use of the equipment used for euthanasia when the county got the notice, according to Lincoln County Manager George Wood. …
  • Time for Best Dish contest,” News & Observer: The annual Best Dish in North Carolina contest is doing things a little different this year. Instead of a statewide contest among restaurants offering up their best dish using North Carolina ingredients, it will be a regional contest. …
  • Editorial: N.C. Department of Agriculture meeting its goals,” Greensboro News & Record: A recent State Auditor’s report and subsequent articles in the News & Record implied that the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is not meeting its responsibilities because “key agency indicators” do   not match stated goals. This implication is false. …
  • Robeson commissioners approve agriculture plan,” Fayetteville Observer: Robeson County commissioners have given final approval to a plan creating voluntary agriculture districts throughout the rural county. The vote last week came after months of contemplation and several meetings with area farmers and state lawyers. …