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ROCKINGHAM – As part of the ongoing mission of the Richmond Observer to provide expansive coverage of current events, we offer the following links to allow ease of access to news garnering attention across the state and/or nation.  These particular links relate to items of interest in conjunction with NC’s rural communities and agricultural developments.

1- Extension agents from around the state are sharing the harvest conditions in their areas, with many still reporting flooding and wet ground following Hurricane Michael. AgFax 

            Heroes of Hurricane Florence: Pig farmers rise to challenge Farm Journal’s Pork 

            VP Pence makes surprise Sunbelt Expo visit in wake of hurricane Southeast Farm Press 

            Municipal sewage overflows dwarfed hog waste discharges NC Spin 

            USDA pitches in to help with hurricane recovery efforts SFN Today 

2- The Junior Livestock Sale of Champions drew a record $190,000 for the top steers, barrows, lambs, goats and turkeys. The annual event raises money for scholarships and educational outreach. NCDA & CS 

            2018 Sale of Champions photos NCFB-Flickr 

3- The U.S. Trade Representative has notified Congress of its intention to move forward on negotiating trade agreements with Japan, EU and the UK. Feedstuffs 

            As U.S.-China trade fight escalates, Trump formally announces trade negotiations with EU, UK and Japan Washington Post 


4- With the expiration of the farm bill, 39 programs have lost authorization and funding, at least until Congress approves a new farm bill. Newstalk 

5- Broadband internet is essential for doing business in today’s world, and especially for rural residents and farmers doing business, it is far from a luxury. American Farm Bureau 

6- Women in agriculture, from the developing and developing world across five continents, were polled about their status, and many said that despite progress, they are still not treated equally. Growing Produce 

7- Since 2010, Americans have spent more of their food dollars dining out than eating at home. Newsline asks, “What does that mean for farmers?” American Farm Bureau 

8- Artificial intelligence offers many possibilities for agriculture in a variety of ways. Southeast Farm Press 

9- A pasture management workshop will be held in conjunction with the NC Cooperative Extension Conference, Nov. 16 in Raleigh. Morning Ag Clips 

10- The Natural Resources Defense Council issues an antibiotics report card for restaurant chains, and gave failing grades to 23 of the 25 burger chains it examined this time around. CNN

11- Grain growers in Pitt, Green, Lenoir, Wayne, Duplin, Sampson, and Robeson counties are eligible to apply for Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) funding through your local NRCS office for Cover Crops and other conservation practices. The RCPP is a collaborative effort, led by Smithfield Foods and EDF to help grain farmers improve their productivity, profitability, and sustainability. SmithfieldGRO, a free agronomic service provided by Smithfield, is also available to interested growers.  The application deadline is November 2.  For more information, please contact Dawn Williamson at dwilliamson@smithfield.com.

Editor’s note:  It is the policy of the Richmond Observer to print news release material in its original format, as it was received, with minimal, if any, editorial adjustments. 

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