Things weren’t looking good for the farm bill at the end of last week, and House Ag Committee chairman Frank Lucas said reaching a deal by Dec. 13 would be very challenging. Politico
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Alamance County Farm Bureau held it’s annual meeting on October 29, 2013 at Occasions, Burlington, NC
Special Guest included Linda Massey – Alamance County Commissioner
Alamance County Friend of Agriculture Award was presented to Mr. Roger Cobb
Alamance County Farm Bureau Board of Directors
Alamance County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee
We would appreciate your help in reminding your farmer contacts that we support two programs for which they may qualify for individual cost-share assistance from $3,000 to $8,000.
-Both the WNC AgOptions program and Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund are now accepting applications. Farmers can apply for small grants that will support innovative ideas designed to increase their farm income.
-Current and former tobacco farmers receive priority.
-The TCRF program is targeting specific counties (a list can be found at their website) while AgOptions targets 22 WNC counties.
-Informational meetings and how to apply workshops are planned at various locations in the state.
-More details can be found at these websites:
The Humane Society of the United States is planning an ad campaign on the side of city buses that implies North Carolina farm families intend to harm their animals to maximize profits, writes NCFB President Larry Wooten in this editorial. Wooten says HSUS seeks to mischaracterize hog farmers and confuse consumers. Raleigh News & Observer
American Farm Bureau and 250 other agricultural organizations have written a letter to agriculture committee members and leadership in the U.S. House and Senate strongly encouraging passage of a five-year farm bill as soon as possible. American Farm Bureau
The first frost will arrive for many in North Carolina in the next couple of days, and some mountain-area growers are worried for their crops. Hendersonville Times-News
Leaders of the agriculture committees hope conferees can focus and get a bill settled soon despite the toll the shutdown took. The Hill
And we’re without a farm bill as of today, too. Most farmers won’t feel the impact right away, as the crop insurance program continues on. Farm Futures
Newsline: Impact of government shutdown on agriculture (Audio) American Farm Bureau