John Hart

Associate Editor,
Southeast Farm Press

John Hart is associate editor of Southeast Farm Press, responsible for coverage in the Carolinas and Virginia. He is based in Raleigh, N.C.

Prior to joining Southeast Farm Press, John was director of news services for the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington, D.C. He also has experience as an energy journalist. For nine years, John was the owner, editor and publisher of The Rice World, a monthly publication serving the U.S. rice industry.  John also worked in public relations for the USA Rice Council in Houston, Texas and the Cotton Board in Memphis, Tenn. He also has experience as a farm and general assignments reporter for the Monroe, La. News-Star.

John is a native of Lake Charles, La. and is a  graduate of the LSU School of Journalism in Baton Rouge.  At LSU, he served on the staff of The Daily Reveille.

Peanut Profitability winners discuss strip tillage benefits, fungicides
Winners of the 2015 Peanut Profitability Awards were recognized for both the quality and quantity of their peanut crops and the successful production practices that brought them there during the 17th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. July 25.
Critically import now to scout peanuts for insects
University of Georgia Extension Entomologist Mark Abney characterizes 2014 as a “very buggy year” in Georgia with a great deal of insect pressure and he says last year can provide a number of lessons on peanut insect management this year.
Bayer facility designed ‘for way people work today’
Bayer CropScience’s newly renovated headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C. is built “for the way people work today,” featuring more open space, more natural light and added amenities designed to enhance collaboration and cooperation among the 700 employees who work there.
Cotton Board's first ever Women in Agriculture Tour
Sixty-four women from 16 of the nation’s 17 cotton-producing states converged on Cary, N.C. June 15 for a tour of Cotton Incorporated world headquarters for the Cotton Board’s first ever Women in Agriculture Tour.
Cotton faces unrelenting synthetics competition
Cotton continues to face unrelenting competition from synthetic fibers, but Cotton Incorporated is taking steps to increase market shares in traditional markets while looking to other markets where cotton is usually not the first fiber of choice.
(Gallery) For Brian McClam, success is good help, advisors and family
For Brian McClam, the Farm Press 2015 Peanut Profitability Award winner for the Upper Southeast, timeliness plays a key role in his success.
Record crowd expected for Blackland Farm Managers Tour
A record crowd of 500 is expected for the 45th Blackland Farm Managers Tour set for Wednesday, Aug. 5 at Circle Grove Seeds in Belhaven, N.C.
Pre-emergent herbicides critical for corn
The use of pre-emergent herbicides in corn is an important management practice for controlling weeds during the critical period from emergence to canopy.
Variety selection critical to reducing disease risk
Variety selection plays an important role in reducing risk to disease in field crops, according to Hillary Mehl, Virginia Cooperative Extension plant pathologist.
Neonicotinoid resistance? Virginia looks to new thrips control
Researchers at Virginia’s Tech’s Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Suffolk are conducting field trials to examine a number of practices and compounds to control thrips in cotton and peanuts with some showing good promise.
What is the best wheat variety to grow in North Carolina?
As small grains breeder at North Carolina State University, Paul Murphy is often asked what is the best wheat variety to grow in North Carolina.
Tobacco could be new source for sought-after vaccine compound
Squalene is a funny sounding compound that most people have never heard of, but it has the potential to be a new market for tobacco and a company called SynShark is taking steps to turn tobacco into the product.
What went right and what went wrong with North Carolina's wheat
North Carolina’s 2015 wheat crop is turning out to be a mixed bag with some yields topping 100 bushels per acre and other yields falling as low as 30 bushels per acre.
Manage wheat growth regulators to right conditions
There are times when wheat farmers should use growth regulators as part of a fertility program and other times when growth regulators don’t have a place in producing a wheat crop, says Ron Heiniger, Extension cropping system specialist with North Carolina State University.
Dell Cotton’s peanut career leads to an unique perspective
“We never really know what our careers will turn out to be but mine has worked out well. The peanut industry is a great industry to work in and I truly enjoy working for growers," says Dell Cotton.
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