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USDA Farm Service Agency Offers Text Alerts to Bladen County Producers

USDABladen County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Chris Tatum announced that farmers and ranchers in North Carolina now can receive notifications from their county office through text messages on their cell phone. READ MORE

Census of Agriculture Countdown Begins for America’s Farmers and Ranchers
04/20/2017 05:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2017 – America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them.  READ MORE

N.C. strawberry growers expect second wave of crop

Events planned in May in Raleigh, Colfax, Charlotte

RALEIGH – It has been about a month since most areas of North Carolina saw their last freeze, and for local strawberry growers and eaters that means the second wave of strawberries is almost here. READ MORE

Troxler announces three new directors

RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler today announced three new appointments at the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to replace division directors who are retiring. READ MORE

A Sheep and Meat Goat Field Day planned for April 29

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Centers in Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson and Bladen Counties are having a Sheep and Meat Goat Field Day on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. until noon at Grays Creek High School (5301 Celebration Dr. in Hope Mills, NC  28348). Registration is at 9 a.m. and the field day begins at 9:30 a.m. READ MORE

USDA Announces 2017 Cotton Loan Rate Differentials

USDAWASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced the 2017-crop loan rate differentials for upland and extra-long staple cotton. READ MORE

USDA Announces No Actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

USDAWASHINGTON, DC– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation announced today that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program in the second quarter of 2017.  READ MORE

USDA Announces Loan Rates for Wheat, Feed Grains, Oilseeds, Rice and Pulse Crops

USDAWASHINGTON, March 29, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation today announced the 2017 marketing assistance loan rates by county for wheat, corn, grain sorghum, barley, oats, soybeans and each “other oilseed” (canola, crambe, flaxseed, mustard seed, rapeseed, safflower, sesame seed and sunflower seed), loan rates by region for pulses (dry peas, lentils, small chickpeas and large chickpeas), and loan rates by state for rough rice. READ MORE

Rouzer Agriculture Subcommittee hosts hearing, “The Next Farm Bill: Livestock Producer Perspectives”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman David Rouzer held a public hearing entitled, “The Next Farm Bill: Livestock Producer Perspectives.”  This hearing continues the series of House Agriculture Committee hearings that set the stage for the next farm bill.  This hearing provided representatives from four of the major livestock producer groups the opportunity to discuss their experiences with current programs, challenges facing the industry and priorities for the upcoming farm bill. READ MORE

Bladen Conservation District – New Rental Equipment

The Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District has a new rental tool available. It is a Grassworks – Carpet Wick Applicator. It can be used on many low grassworksgrowing crops such as peanuts, soybeans, cotton, grain sorghum, and pastures, to kill unwanted weeds.

The Carpet Wick Applicator is light weight and easy to use. It has a steel rotating drum that is covered with a synthetic carpet material – wetted by a 12-volt pump. The synthetic carpet holds the herbicide until transferred to the undesirable grasses and weeds. The drum turns in the opposite direction that the Weed Wiper is traveling to apply more herbicide directly to the unwanted weed.

There are many benefits to a wiper applicator. The first is the use of Roundup (glyphosate) herbicide. This allows control of most weeds in many crops, as long as the weed is taller than the crop.

The herbicide is applied only to the weeds. This reduces the amount of herbicide used per acre, reduces the amount of chemicals introduced into the environment and reduces or eliminates damage to non-target species.

Call the Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Office for usage and rental information at (910) 862-3179 Ext. 3

Grain Drills Available for Rent!

The Bladen Soil & Water Conservation District has two grain drills available for rent to Bladen and surrounding county farmers.Grain Drill 1
John Deere (1590) –grain drill 2This is a 10’ wide no-till drill that is used to plant all small grain crops such as wheat, oats, and rye, as well as plant soybeans and most grass seeds.Great Plains (706NT) – This is a 7’ wide no-till drill that will plant all small grain crops. It will also plant grass seeds and native grasses, and can be used with smaller tractors.The rental fee for either drill is $8.00 per acre, with a minimum charge of $50.00.  To assure availability, call the Bladen Soil & Water Conservation District office at (910) 862-3179, Ext. 3, or visit the office at 122 Powell-Melvin Ag Center, 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown.

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