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US poultry production up 6 percent in July - Demand for poultry meat is increasing worldwide and farmers are heeding the call. USDA reports domestic poultry production for July 2014 was up 6% on the year at 3.74 billion pounds. The preliminary live weight was also up 6% at 4.95 billion pounds, with young chickens accounting for 4.26 billion pounds of the total. Turkeys came in at 606.24 million pounds, a 2% rise, averaging 30.09 pounds per bird.  More at our farm news page>>
House bills address farm concerns with EPA ‘waters’ proposal - Two bills that have bipartisan support in the U.S. House of Representatives address serious concerns voiced by the American Farm Bureau Federation about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Issued earlier this year, the rule would give the EPA broad jurisdiction over dry land features and farming practices that historically has been relegated to individual states under the Clean Water Act.  More at our farm news page>>
North Carolina State Farmers Market to host Watermelon Day July 31 - The State Farmers Market will host its annual Watermelon Day at the end of the month. Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., visitors can enjoy free slices of N.C. watermelon, get their photo taken with the N.C. Watermelon Queen and purchase locally grown watermelons from market vendors. The event also includes the largest-watermelon contest, with weigh-in at noon. The grower with the largest watermelon by weight will win bragging rights and $1,000 in prize money.  More at our farm news page>>
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West Virginia expands forest insect program - WV Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick has announced that the West Virginia Department of Agriculture’s Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) Program has expanded to include all counties currently infested with HWA.  The hemlock woolly adelgid is an invasive pest that is quickly decimating hemlocks in the eastern United States.  More at our farm news page>>
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