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.

Efficiency, accuracy biggest advantages of precision agriculture
The biggest advantage of precision agriculture is efficiency and accuracy, being able to apply chemicals and fertilizers only when and where they are needed, but Ron Heiniger stresses that precision agriculture is still in its early stages and has a long way to go to be fully implemented on the farm.
North Carolina ag, military seek to forge partnerships
Both the military and agriculture have a huge impact on the economy of North Carolina and leaders from both sectors are seeking ways the two can work together.
Sorghum: ‘Hidden gem’ for North Carolina grain producers
Ron Heiniger calls grain sorghum a “hidden gem” this year as North Carolina grain producers work to step up production to meet the demands of the state’s livestock industry.
North Carolina must develop ports to expand ag trade
North Carolina is well situated to take advantage of growing trade in agriculture, but the state must develop its ports if it wants to become a major exporter.
Sanderson family markets wreaths from cotton they grow
For the Sanderson family of Wayne County, N.C., the fresh wreath business is seasonal and provides them a source of income after the busy fall harvest. In addition to the wreath business, the family grows cotton, corn, tobacco, wheat and muscadine grapes.
SC AgriBiz & Farm Expo offers education, innovation and connections
Farmers from across the Carolinas will gather in Florence, S.C. Jan. 14 – 15 for the SC AgriBiz & Farm Expo which was established as an umbrella event for all aspects of agriculture and agribusiness, according to Jody Martin, the expo’s president and CEO.
GMOs, other technology a must for meeting food security challenges
Panelists discussing global food security challenges at the North Carolina Agriculture and Biotechnology Summit at North Carolina State University in Raleigh Nov. 18 all agreed that modern technology such as genetically modified organisms is a must for feeding a growing world population
Gallery: On the farm with Rick Morgan, 2015 High Cotton Winner
Rick Morgan, the 2015 High Cotton Winner for the Southeast, is a big advocate for no-till farming. He started 100 percent no-till 10 years ago when he got out of peanuts.
Rick Morgan: 2015 High Cotton Winner for the Southeast
For as long as he’s been farming in Gates County just south of the Virginia state line, Corapeake, N.C. farmer Rick Morgan has sought ways to make his land better. It’s a strategy he says is critical for achieving top yields.
GMO labeling: Advocates like transparency, opponents dislike the cost
The panelists for a discussion on “is GMO labeling a nightmare or a boon” at the North Carolina Agriculture and Biotechnology Summit held Nov. 18 in Raleigh included those who see the need for mandatory GMO labeling and those who are opposed to the idea.
“The only thing that will feed the world is farmers”
Agriculture needs to avoid claiming that biotechnology will feed the world, says Steve Savage, a worldwide expert on agricultural technology.
Southern Farm Show set for Feb. 4-6 in Raleigh
Farmers from across Virginia and the Carolinas will converge at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh Feb. 4-6 for the 39th annual Southern Farm Show, where more than 400 companies will exhibit agricultural equipment, technology and services
Genomics software speeds up breeding process
As a genomics expert for General Mills, Eric Jackson relies on a tremendous amount of data in his work to develop improved crop varieties that will eventually end up as finished products on the grocer’s shelf
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.
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