News Roundup: Nov. 26-Dec. 2

by | Dec 2, 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.

  • Farmers worry new labor rules will end teen jobs,” Charlotte Observer: From tending cattle to driving tractors or ATVs, 15-year-old Taylor Muller and her three younger brothers have always done what they could to help the family’s farming business. …
  • Getting the hang of hops farming,” Winston-Salem Journal: At first glance, one might mistake Ben Sunderman’s farm for some sort of training grounds for acrobats. …
  • Sweet potatoes a key crop for area farmers,” Wilmington Star-News: The holiday season has barely begun. But for some North Carolina farmers, it’s already pretty sweet. November and December are peak sales months for the roughly 450 farmers in the Tar Heel State who devote an acre or more to growing sweet potatoes, according to the N.C. Sweet Potato Commission. …
  • Monsanto, NCSU back research grants,” News & Observer: Agricultural giant Monsanto is teaming up with N.C. State University to create a $500,000 fund for plant breeders, with the goal of helping them address the future food problems of the world. …
  • NC growers gearing up for poinsettia season,” NBC-17: Most people associate holiday farms in North Carolina with Christmas trees, but poinsettia growers are getting ready to show they’re no slouches, either. …
  • NC ag commissioner to speak Dec. 8,” Waynesville Mountaineer: Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will speak at the Haywood County Friends of Agriculture Breakfast.  This is the second event in an ongoing series of breakfast meetings in Haywood County that provide an opportunity for farmers and other supporters of agriculture to enjoy breakfast and discuss issues related to farming. …
  • North Carolina has excellent 2011 Christmas tree crop,” Perishable News: With Thanksgiving just a day away, North Carolina Christmas tree farmers are gearing up for a busy month. Choose and cut operations will open this weekend across the western part of the state for consumers hoping to find the perfect Christmas tree. …
  • S. Korea president signs laws enabling US trade deal,” News & Observer: South Korea’s president on Tuesday signed a slew of laws needed to implement the country’s free trade deal with the United States, amid growing protests denouncing the accord at home. …