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.

Bioenergy growth moving slowly
Efforts to convert North Carolina tobacco, trees and other crops to bioenergy is slow moving, but progress is being made, experts at a forum on the bio-based economy emphasized
South Carolina farmer discusses flood recovery and hope for next year
For Atwood McIntosh and other South Carolina farmers, 2015 has proven to be one of the most difficult years they have ever faced.
Connections key part of SC AgriBiz & Farm Expo
The SC AgriBiz & Farm Expo set for Jan. 13-14 at the Florence Civic Center is shaping up to be one of the top conferences and trade shows in the Southeast.
Homegrown shirts? South Carolina cotton farmer solves a problem
As a cotton farmer, Atwood "At" McIntosh of Williamsburg County, S.C. was always concerned that it was next to impossible to find cotton clothing that you knew were U.S. grown and made.
Southeast farmers talk about using dicamba on tolerant soybeans
The only two Southeast farmers approved to spray dicamba on tolerant soybeans this year talk about how the new technology worked on their farms.
Can North Carolina farmers hit 100-bushel soybeans?
If Randy Dowdy can do it, soybean farmers in North Carolina certainly can.
South Carolina farmers begin recovery from historic flood
As South Carolina farmers recover from historic October floods, they are now looking to crop insurance and evaluating damages to determine what federal assistance can be provided beyond insurance.
When it comes to peanuts, South Carolina has unique position
Of all the states that produce peanuts, South Carolina is the most unusual because it is a borderline state, producing both Virginia-type peanuts and runner-type peanuts, says Jay Chapin, interim peanut specialist at Clemson University.
Cotton varieties: The technology behind picking the winners and losers
High throughput phenotyping shows great promise in identifying cotton varieties that shine.
Sugarcane aphids overwhelming South Carolina sorghum
Clemson University Entomologist Francis Reay-Jones call sugarcane aphids one of the most devastating pests he’s seen in South Carolina that presents great challenges for grain sorghum farmers across the state because they are so difficult to control.
Clemson researchers investigate feed stocks for renewable energy
Scientists at Clemson University’s Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence are looking to poplar trees, switchgrass and biomass sorghum as bioenergy sources that can be grown in South Carolina.
Sugarcane aphid, drones and bioenergy highlight Pee Dee field day
The 2015 Pee Dee Farm Field Day covered most of the major field crops produced in South Carolina and also looked at new technology and bioenergy crops.
Cover crops, no-till shine in drought year
Ever since he started farming in 2012, Russell Hedrick of Hickory, N.C. has used a combination of no-till and multi-species cover crops to build soil health and increase yields.
Why Virginia Tech changed its cotton nitrogen recommendation
Virginia Tech has changed its nitrogen recommendations in cotton from a flat rate of 60 to 90 pounds per acre to more of a yield goal, according to Hunter Frame, Virginia Tech cotton specialist.
Smithfield cover crops 100% of its corn
Smithfield Hog Production, formerly Murphy-Brown, LLC, is currently cover cropping 100 percent of its corn acreage and is assisting area growers in obtaining cover crop seeds, according to Rachel Carr, agronomist with Smithfield.
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