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Nov 23, 2015

Water scarcity: “Governments will fall and wars will be fought”

Dr. Wayne Skaggs, the Williams Neal Reynolds distinguished professor of biological and agricultural engineering at North Carolina State University,....More
Nov 17, 2015

9 qualities the next American Farm Bureau president should possess

The next American Farm Bureau Federation president will influence more than in the last several generations the direction this country decides to go....More
Nov 13, 2015

“Need 15 days of sunshine and a northwest wind”

I'm not complaining, but much of the Southeast needs more than a few extra days of sunshine. If you’re having trouble with cotton or soybean harvest....More
Nov 01, 2015

South Carolina farmer’s words stick in my memory

Journalists are always on the lookout for quotable quotes. One that fits well for the devastating floods that hit South Carolina in early October....More
Oct 22, 2015

The room filled with good farming ideas

When top farmers sit together in one room, good production, marketing and business ideas get shared....More
Oct 09, 2015

If anyone can get over this, it’s the farmers

What is being called historic flooding in South Carolina is delivering a terrible final blow to many South Carolina farmers who face near total crop....More
Oct 06, 2015

Baling hay with the moody “Big Yellow Bear” always tricky

With good equipment, hay season might be an enjoyable time. For me and my sister, hay season involves a rocky relationship with the weather and old....More
Sep 28, 2015

Southern agricultural economists huddle in Atlanta, sound warning

Southern Extension economists discuss the current state of affairs and outlooks for major Southern commodities and livestock. Farm economy to....More
Sep 06, 2015

A big 'boy' is coming. Don’t delay harvest or planting cover crops.

If what they say comes true about the massive potential of the current El Niño, Southeast farmers after harvest need to plant cover crops as soon as....More
Aug 26, 2015

Cycling through the downside of a farm economy

People in the ag industry hope the bloody-nose-feeling the sector feels now at least means it has hit the dirty floor of the down cycle....More
Aug 10, 2015

Don’t we want to grow more peanuts?

Being able to produce a lot of quality peanuts is a good thing in the long run. It’s good to have a lot of something people should want....More
Aug 09, 2015

A call no rancher wants, and it was pitch dark and raining

Your heart sinks immediately. You get that feeling in the pit of your stomach, one that says you’ve been negligent....More
Jul 10, 2015

Thank you, Mr. Jenkins, and your generation

A Nazi sniper’s bullet hit him in Salerno, Italy. He was part of the Normandy invasion and fought at The Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Charlie Jenkins was....More
Jun 30, 2015

Checklist: You might be a female rancher if …1

With the onslaught of checklists and online quizzes that dominate popular culture and social media, my sister and I decided to compile our own list....More
Jun 26, 2015

Don’t want to endanger your soul

The truck driver, a lovely Haitian lady, smiled and waved. I took her picture and she smiled and waved some more. But some of the fieldworkers made....More
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