Yearly Archives: 2012

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Guide: Mass Poultry Mortality Disposal Options for North Carolina Growers

Growers can reduce the costs of mass poultry mortalities and protect themselves from future liability by creating a disposal plan in advance. Heat, natural disaster, equipment failure, or disease can all cause unusually high poultry mortality.  Farmers should create plan for each of these four situations, since the best option varies. 

Farmer Resource Rodeo offered at CFSA Conference

There is a lot of great help out there these days for innovative farmers. Are you taking advantage of it? This hands-on, interactive workshop and clinic taps you into the tools and resources to help you take your farm enterprise to the next level. You will walk away with new information and new ideas targeted to your individual farm circumstances.

Anniversary of Townsend Poultry Plant Shutdown

One year ago this week, the owner of poultry processing plants in Siler City and Mocksville, NC formerly owned by Townsend announced their plan to shut operations down by October 2011. The Ukrainian company Omtron had purchased the Townsend plants in February of that year, several months after Townsend’s LLC had declared bankruptcy. At the […]

USDA Reduces Emergency Loan Rate for 2012 Drought from 3.75% to 2.25%

On July 11, 2012, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced that the USDA was reducing the interest rate on Emergency Loans through the USDA Farm Service Agency from 3.75% to 2.25%.

Farmers in disaster-designated counties are eligible to borrow emergency loans for up to the value of their disaster losses. While emergency loans are one of the primary modes of disaster assistance, farmers must still show eligibility and repayment ability in order to qualify.

Important Disaster Assistance Programs Lapsed; Farmers Encouraged to Keep Records

As the nation responds to one of the worst droughts in decades, it is important to note that a series of the important disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2008 farm bill expired on September 30, 2011, at the end of the 2011 fiscal year. If a farmer downloads the 2-page USDA fact sheet entitled “Emergency Programs Administered by […]

Crop Insurance, Farmer Income and the Drought

On July 31, the Wall Street Journal online ran an article entitled “Crops Hurt, But Farmers Will Still Get Paid.”  The article begins “A historic drought across the middle of the U.S. is shriveling crops—but not many farmers’ incomes.” Citing USDA statistics that 70% of crops are covered by crop insurance, this article is part […]

Moore County Church Serves as Gathering Site for Local Food Business

On Thursday afternoons, Peggy Crawford, Ed Auman, and several other volunteers gather at West End Presbyterian Church in West End, North Carolina to prepare for the delivery of sixty-five boxes of fresh local produce. West End Presbyterian Church is a delivery site for Sandhills Farm to Table, a cooperative business that distributes produce grown in Moore […]

Press Release: Farm Bill Amendment Would Gut GIPSA Rule

The Conaway-Costa Amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill, which passed the House Agriculture Committee today, guts a 2011 USDA rule that protects thousands of American poultry growers from exploitative contracts, farm groups say.

Conaway-Costa Farm Bill Amendment Threatens Hard-Won GIPSA Rule

June 11, 2012 – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee is voting on amendments to the Farm Bill. We found out last night that one of those amendments – the Conaway-Costa Amendment – will be designed to gut the GIPSA rule that protects contract poultry farmers from company abuses. The industry attacked the […]