NCSPA Hires Owen Wagner as New CEO

A new CEO is taking the helm of the NCSPA effective April 15. Owen Wagner most recently worked at SAS Institute in Cary, N.C., where he was Manager of Agricultural Analytics working with the USDA and land grant universities. Prior to that, he worked as an agricultural economist at LMC International in Washington, D.C. In…

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Tractors & Trains Festival

The NCSPA was on hand last weekend for the Tractors & Trains Festival at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer, N.C. to talk to attendees about farming and answer their questions about agriculture. Board member Jason Starnes and his wife, Robin, assisted outreach education coordinator, Laura Rogers, at the NCSPA exhibit and interacted with thousands…

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NCSPA Sponsors N.C. A&T Small Farms Week

N.C. Aricultural and Technical State University is holding its 33rd annual Small Farms Week this week to pay tribute to the importance of small farms to agriculture in the state, and the NCSPA is a sponsor. The event began Mar. 25 in Duplin Co. with a panel discussion of master farmers and local farm tours.…

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Beans on Capitol Hill

Growers from N.C. took on Capitol Hill again last week to advocate for farmers and key agricultural issues in the state. Six board members made the trip to the nation’s Capital including Jimmy Thomas, Jeff Tyson, Greg Manning, Chris Naylor, and Michael McPherson. Angela Berben had been a participant in the American Soybean Association’s Leadership…

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Weighing the Benefits of Data Management

When considering a data management system, it is wise to consider the upfront costs and long-term benefits in order to maximize returns. The best way to accomplish this is to take an inventory of the equipment and systems needed, and identify the appropriate partners, such as local dealers and service providers, to fill those needs.…

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Are You Planting at the Right Depth?

Soybean growers need to be careful about how deep they plant their seeds this growing season because, if not, they may see delayed emergence or even decreased yields. Michigan State University (MSU) researchers say that generally, soybeans should be planted at shallower depths, between 1 and 1.5 inches deep, under the following conditions: Early planting…

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Rural Broadband Access Survey

Let decision makers and internet service providers know how much rural American needs reliable, high-speed internet access. For many in rural America, reliable broadband internet access is becoming more important on the farm as new technologies are embraced. However, internet access in rural America often lags behind that of urban centers. How well connected is your…

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Soy Checkoff Helps Fuel Demand Surge

A recent article in Farm Progress stated that global demand for soybeans has risen by more than 241 percent since 1990. By comparison, corn and wheat demand grew by 130 percent and 37 percent, respectively, during the same period. This is just one example of the positive impact farmers’ checkoff dollars is having on their market…

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Calculating Hurricane Disaster Payments

Since January 30th, NCDA & CS has processed 70% of the Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program of 2018 applications and more than $54.8 million in payments have been sent out across North Carolina disaster-declared counties. If you are unsure of the status of your application, you can check it by following this link to the…

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