News Roundup: May 7-13

by | May 13, 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.

  • New uptown food market slated to open this fall,” Charlotte Observer: Work on the new uptown food market is under way, boosters said Thursday, and it’s projected to open this fall – though that’s a few months later than originally planned. …
  • Locally grown clothes go from ‘dirt to shirt’,” CNN: If you ever run into Ronnie Burleson in rural North Carolina, be ready to listen. He likes to talk. And when it comes to growing cotton in the Tar Heel state, the third-generation farmer has a lot to say. …
  • Ala. poultry growers face devastation after storms,” News & Observer: Tom Parker shook his head and seemed near tears as he talked about all that he lost in an April 27 tornado that ripped apart the northern Alabama farm where he grew up and had spent much of his adult life raising chickens, cows and three children. …
  • Under the Dome: The farm argument,” News & Observer: The fight to keep the Tobacco Trust Fund Commission is on. Advocates of small farmers are pointing to a new study that shows that investing in small farms makes economic sense as reason enough to keep the trust fund intact. The budget approved by the state House last week abolishes the commission and redirects its funding. …
  • Local apple growers go global,” Hendersonville Times-News: Apple growers and packers throughout Henderson County received some international exposure Monday when a group of 10 agricultural professionals from the Republic of Moldova toured their facilities. …
  • Outdoors: Flounder farming could lead to stock enhancement,” Fayetteville Observer: Long, narrow turkey houses are a common sight in the rural regions surrounding Fayetteville. But in Bunnlevel, something different is growing under those roofs. Larry Lanier, owner of Little River Trails Aquaculture, is in the process of converting four poultry houses into a full-fledged flounder farm. …
  • Farming from scratch,” Greensboro News & Record: Four young people, who come from Delaware, Northern Virginia, Minnesota and New York, have decided to put down roots in Eden. Literally.Chris Dudiné, Adam Pruitt, Ryan Kieffer and Layna Roberts, all in their mid-20s, moved to Eden in January to start Raw Root Organics, a farm where they plan to grow more than 130 varieties of herbs and vegetables. …