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.

Largest farm show in Virginia-Carolinas draws 30,000 to Raleigh
This year's Southern Farm Show drew 30,000 people to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh Feb. 3-5. Once again, the show presented an opportunity for farmers from throughout the Carolinas and Virginia to see the newest in farm equipment, network with peers and gain valuable information they can take back to their farms.
Field data: It’s tough to handle and use, but now often vital
Steve Valencsin says managing all the data on the farm and using it to improve the bottom line is a daunting task, but the job is all the more important in difficult years like 2016.
'Disaster waiting to happen’ in North Carolina wheat
Christina Cowger urges North Carolina wheat producers to be prepared for fusarium head blight or scab this year by monitoring their risks.
Consider hedging, options or futures as risk management tools in 2016
South Carolina farmers are gearing up for a very challenging 2016, and they are encouraged to consider hedging, a marketing plan and closely examine balance sheets.
Neonicotinoid-resistant thrips: Are you contributing to the problem?
Tobacco thrips that are resistant to neonicotinoid class of insecticides is proving to be more of a problem for cotton producers in North Carolina and across the Southeast with entomologists at North Carolina State University conducting research to understand why
World shortage of high-quality cotton offers premium opportunity 3
For the past two years or more, all of the U.S. cottonseed companies have provided upland cotton varieties that offer extremely high fiber quality, which is certainly good news for U.S. cotton farmers.
What to replant and do if you have a cotton or corn crop failure
It’s a question Alan York gets every year: “I lost a crop, what can I plant there next year?”
A bad cotton selection can cost a farmer $100 per acre, or much more
Just as a successful investor has a diversified stock portfolio, a successful cotton farmer plants a diversity of cotton varieties.
PPO-resistant pigweed, ragweed will be a major concern in 2016
North Carolina State University Extension Weed Specialist Wes Everman has continually issued warning bells that resistance to PPO inhibitors is a real concern for North Carolina farmers. It is a message he will continue to deliver in 2016.
Are North Carolina’s potash recommendations for soybeans adequate?
For the past few years, David Hardy, who runs the soil testing laboratory at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, has received a common question from farmers across the state: “Are the department’s potash fertility recommendations adequate?”
Big crowds expected for SC AgriBiz & Farm Expo
Organizers of the SC AgriBiz & Farm Expo set for Jan. 13-14 at the Florence Civic Center in Florence, S.C. are expecting big crowds as farmers plan for a challenging 2016.
Southern Farm Show: Carolinas-Virginia largest ag expo set for Feb. 3-5
The Southern Farm Show has always been considered a must attend event for farmers and others in Virginia and the Carolinas and the same rings true for 2016.
900 high school students and a unique ag expo
As far as the organizers can tell, the Northeast Regional Ag Expo held Nov. 12 at the Senator Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center in Williamston, N.C. is a one of a kind event.
Preparing for droughts and stiff competition for water in Southeast
Macon County, Ga., farmer Donald Chase is pretty convinced there will be serious droughts in the future, and the time to plan for those droughts is now.
SC AgriBiz & Farm Expo to help farmers navigate tough times ahead
These are tough economic times for South Carolina farmers and the 2016 SC AgriBiz and Farm Expo has an agenda designed to help them navigate ahead, according to Jody Martin, the expo’s executive director.
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