A new study shows that leaving cropland unplowed between harvests releases significantly smaller amounts of a potent greenhouse gas than conventionally plowed fields. Read more about it here.
Broccoli could get “greener” for East Coast consumers if upcoming experiments at an N.C. State University research station in Waynesville are successful.
NCSU horticulturist Jeanine Davis is part of a multi-university team that’s starting what could be a decade-long project to develop broccoli varieties that can thrive in growing conditions in the East, recruit farmers, and organize networks for growers and distributors.
Most U.S.-grown broccoli is raised in California and Arizona, and not having to ship it the breadth of the country would reduce the carbon footprint of the nutritious stalks.
And it would be fresher by the time it reached consumers.
The broccoli team is being led by a Cornell University scientist and its work is funded by a $3.2 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant and $1.7 million in matching contributions from private food-industry companies ,
They’re willing to gamble that kind of money because an East Coast broccoli industry could be worth as much as $100 million a year.
Which, of course, is a lot of cabbage.
Glenn Boyette's success turning his Clayton farm into a holiday entertainment destination has garnered some national attention.
Boyette was the first example in a front-page Wall Street Journal story today about farmers nationwide making money from "agri-tainment" by adding haunted houses, corn mazes and more.
Boyette, 58, told the newspaper that he took over the farm from an uncle in the late 1980s and over time saw profits dry up. Four years ago, he decided to try something new.
Now his 150-acre farm on Loop Road in Johnston County is home to Clayton Fear Farm, a collection of three haunted houses, corn maze, pumpkin patch and other Halloween attractions. In a couple of months, it will switch to Lights on the Neuse, a winter wonderland of blinking lights and decorations.
Butterball's future will become clearer within the next few days.
In June, minority owner Smithfield Foods offered $200 million to buy out Maxwell Farms of Goldsboro, which owns a 51 percent stake of the world's largest turkey company. Smithfield set a deadline of Saturday for the offer, and said it would sell its Butterball stake if Maxwell isn't interested in a deal.
This morning, on a conference call with Wall Street analysts to discuss Smithfield's quarterly earnings, CEO C. Larry Pope said he expects its offer will likely be rejected.
"We would be pleased to be the buyer and would be anxious to run that business," he said. "All indications are that we are going to be the seller."
Sanderson Farms, which is preparing to open one chicken-processing complex in Eastern North Carolina and looking for a site to put a second facility, reported weaker third-quarter sales and profit this morning.
The Mississippi-based company blamed higher production costs, and hot temperatures, which make it harder to for chickens to gain weight.
But executives told analysts on a conference call that the company is shipping chicken meat to Russia again. That country was a major chicken importer but banned U.S. imports last winter over safety concerns. CEO Joe Sanderson said he expects demand to be "spectacular."
Sanderson's shares rose on the report, climbing $2.64 to close at $45.80.