The N.C. Foundation for Soil & Water Conservation has received a $100,000 grant from Altria Group Inc. to develop a “Strategic Plan for Protecting Agricultural Water Resources for North Carolina,” agriculture and conservation leaders announced.
“The need for planning is simple: We don’t want to come out of a drought both hungry and thirsty,” said NC Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “A statewide survey of agricultural water use showed that farmers withdraw only about 1 percent of the water used daily in North Carolina, but often the perception of the public and even government is that they use too much. By planning now, we can avoid highly reactionary policy measures brought on by future droughts and population growth.”
The plan will identify water resources, future needs and ways to better manage water resources. The project will also guide farmers to improve efficiency, conservation and supply of water resources. In addition, the foundation also plans to offer demonstrations focused on these objectives. The project is targeted for completion by October. The plan’s development will be guided by the Agricultural Water Work Group, a collection of 14 representatives from agriculture, government, academia and conservation. Troxler and North Carolina Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten co-chair the group.
Durham News reporter Jim Wise in the article “Finding their niche” writes that a growing population is both a curse and a blessing for agriculture in Durham, Orange and neighboring counties.
Winston Salem Journal reporter Lisa O”Donnell in the article “Farm Fresh program will match farmers with restaurants, customers” writes that about 20 farmers in Stokes, Rockingham and Caswell counties are participating in Piedmont Local Food.
Southeast Farm Press writer Paul Hollis in the article “Americans need to get to know the people who grow their food” writes that the primary reason there’s a disconnect between most Americans and agriculture is because the majority of people don’t know any farmers, and you can’t truly empathize with someone if you’ve never met them, and you have no idea how they live their lives
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WRAL reporter Mike Charbonneau in the story “NC farmers remain on shaky financial ground” writes that a combination of oversupply of product, the down economy and feed prices driven up by ethanol production have many farmers on shaky ground.
WUNC Radio State of Things host Frank Stasio talked with Richard Holcomb of Coon Rock Farm; Lionel Vatinet of La Farm bakery in Cary; and Craig Heffley and Seth Gross, owners of Durham’s Wine Authorities about eating local for Thanksgiving.
News and Observer reporter Sarah Ovaska in the article “Hog farmers reels buyers go bankrupt” reports that Clinton-based Coharie and three smaller North Carolina pork producers recently declared bankruptcy, causing scores of grain and hog farmers to lose once-stable contracts to raise hogs.
Southeast Farm Press reporter Chris Bickers in the article “North Carolina explores exports to China” writes that North Carolina farmers desperately need new markets, and China is the largest potential customer in the world.
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Michael Pollan joined Neal Conan on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation today.
Pollan has authored many books in defense of fresh, locally grown foods. Pollan has also characterized modern agriculture as a “monoculture” — farmers selling the same products to the same marketers. Many farmers argue that his vision is great in theory, but it’s just not practical for real world farmers, or real world eaters.
The Talk of the Nation discussion included Blake Hurst, corn and soybean farmer in Missouri; and Troy Roush, farmer and vice president of The American Corn Growers Association.
You can hear the discussion or read the transcript here.