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 Cary, 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.

NC State Plant Science Research Complex working toward a 2020 opening
If all goes as planned, by the year 2020 students at North Carolina State University will be working alongside leading researchers in the plant sciences in a first-of-its-kind facility on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh.
Farm Bill: What you need to do to start getting benefits
Farmers have until Feb. 27 to update their yield history and reallocate their base acreage for the 2014 farm bill and officials with USDA’s Farm Service Agency or urging farmers to come by their local FSA office and complete the paperwork as soon as possible.
Stone says consumers receptive to dialogue with farmers
Bo Stone is wrapping up two years of service as one of the “Faces of Farming & Ranching,” a program sponsored by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance.
Bo Stone relies on diversity, risk management on his North Carolina farm
The first full day of autumn brought rainy weather to P&S Farms in Rowland, N.C., but that didn’t slow down activity. Bo Stone and his father Tommy Stone had wrapped up corn harvest the day before and the grain was in the bin being dried.
Stink bugs and kudzu bugs found in Virginia at much lower levels
Both the brown marmorated stink bug and the kudzu bug made an appearance in Virginia fields this year, but not at the same high levels as in previous years which is good news, according to Virginia Tech Entomologist Ames Herbert.
Carolina cotton: Seed treatment plus foliar spray needed for thrips
Thrips are a unique pest for North Carolina cotton farmers because they are a problem in every single field which is why North Carolina State University researchers are looking at new ways to control the insect.
Crop Insurance focus for cotton in farm program
Cotton producers will have some important decisions to make once sign-up for the farm program begins, and the most important thing to remember is that cotton is not a covered commodity under the 2014 farm bill.
Mycotoxins a concern for North Carolina corn farmers
The issue of mycotoxins in corn isn’t one of the most pleasant conversational topics for corn farmers, but North Carolina Extension Corn Specialist Ron Heiniger stresses that mycotoxins are a major concern in North Carolina that needs to be addressed.
Efficiency key to success for Steve and Archie Griffin
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Steve Griffin’s return to the family farm in Beaufort County North Carolina. Much has changed in farming since 1974, but one constant is the importance of efficiency.
Anthracnose top disease concern of North Carolina sorghum farmers
The disease of real concern to North Carolina sorghum growers is anthracnose, which has appeared every year in the state since North Carolina State University started working with the crop, according to Dr. Randy Weisz, North Carolina Extension small grains specialist
Light, water and nitrogen critical for achieving 300-bushel corn
Farmers who want to produce 300-bushel corn could learn something from cyclist Lance Armstrong, says North Carolina State University Extension Corn Specialist Ron Heiniger.
Controlled-released nitrogen important tool in 4R nutrient stewardship
To increase yields, researchers encourage farmers to use 4R nutrient stewardship where fertilizer is applied in the right source at the right rate at the right time and right place. In North Carolina, nitrogen fertility is an important focus where scientists are seeking methods to increase production in the various soil types across the state.
UAV research in North Carolina awaiting FAA approval
Research on using unmanned aerial vehicles in North Carolina agriculture will begin as soon as North Carolina State University receives approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to use the vehicles.
Worms, stink bugs prove to be problems for North Carolina farmers this year
North Carolina State University Extension Entomologist Dominic Reisig says this year is shaping up to be one of the worst years ever for plant bugs in the state with heavier infestations of stink bugs, tobacco budworms and corn earworms being found in more fields.
Blackland Farm Mangers Tour draws big crowd
Rainy weather brought muddy fields to the Tidewater Research Station in Plymouth on Aug. 6 which meant field tours had to be taken off the agenda of the 44th annual Blackland Farm Managers Tour, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the more than 450 farmers and others in attendance.
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