Were southern soybean farmers at top of mind in the design of recent USDA tariff and disaster relief programs?
It is no secret that the US agricultural sector has undergone a difficult past few years. Going into 2018 prices were low as part of the natural ebb and flow of a commodity cycle that is largely dictated by market fundamentals of petroleum as well as the strength of the US dollar. While most seasoned farmers were equipped to weather this storm, none could have predicted and few would be prepared for what was to come.

In this blog post we explore the design of tariff aid and the MFP in both its 2018 and 2019 incarnations as well as subsequently announced discretionary disaster relief. We go on to offer some analysis as to whether these programs are purely objective in their levels of support by commodity and geography or whether there were more political considerations at play.

What we find is that for 2018/19, payment calculations by commodity were both transparent and objective in the level of support offered across commodities but that with the advent of MFP 2.0, more political considerations crept in to play – seemingly with an eye on the needs of the flood-impacted Midwestern Farmer. Similarly, the design and timing of the Disaster Assistance Bill, signed in June, suggests that agricultural interests outside of the Farm Belt, can at times get pushed to the back burner.  

Continue here to see the analysis. 
SE Regional Field Days- Aug 29th, Sept 4th 
Makes sure you have the SE Regional Field Tours marked on your calendar in Kinston and Lumberton, NC! Variety information, entomology, plant pathology, advance technology, nutrient & water management, and crop management will all be topics covered by NCSU Specialist, Extension Agents, and Industry leaders. For more information please visit  Hope to see you all there!
Executive Farm Management Program
Strengthen your skills. Grow your family business.
The Executive Farm Management program is an exciting new program offered by NCSU CALS and its partners; NC State Cooperative Extension Service, Poole College of Management, Clemson Cooperative Extension, ECU College of Business and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.

EFM offers a highly facilitated learning environment which draws upon custom
content presented in an interactive, team-based format. Limited participant
size allows for one-on-one coaching, designed to meet the specialized needs
of Southeastern farmers like you.

The program is created exclusively for large, commercial, family-owned operations across the Southeast who grow, pack and/or process tobacco, fruit and/or vegetables. The program consists of 12-days of content and curriculum taught across 3 sessions in 3 states over the course of 6-weeks. EFM is designed to increase the management competencies and profitability of specialty farms across the Southeast, by utilizing a holistic operation-focused curriculum.

Course topics include; Strategic Planning, Human Resource Management, Labor Management, Financial Management, Risk Management, Family Business Issues, Assessing Markets, Supply Chain Management, Brand Management and Marketing, Assessing and Building Key Partnerships and Strengthening an Operation’s Value Proposition, among others.

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2020 Nuffield International Farming Scholars Application Now Open
Nuffield International inspires people to make a difference in the world of agriculture. This work is done by developing the individuals in agriculture who will shape the future of agriculture and our local and global communities.  With more than 1700 Nuffield Scholars around the world, these individuals are running farms and agribusinesses, leading communities, serving as elected officials, and shaping global agriculture practices and policies. Applications for the 2020 Nuffield International Farming Scholars is now open. For consideration, applications should be submitted by September 30th, 2019. To see a complete list of details on the application process please visit: 
Download the NC Soybean App
The NC Soybeans App is officially up on the Apple Store and on Google play. The NC Soybean Producers Association's app helps farmers stay informed about soybean production in the state. The app includes the NC Soybean Production Guide, the NC Soybean Scouting Guide, links to grower resources, social media channels, blogs, commodity prices, chemical classification, insect threshold calculators, and more- all in one place! This app allows soybean farmers to quickly and easily get all the info they need about soybean production on the go! Just look for the soybean leaf icon when you are in the apple store/google play! You can also download the app through these links.
Apple Store  
Google Play
NCSPA Staff & Contractors
Owen Wagner, Chief Executive Officer
Ashley Thomas, Mgr. of Grower & Legislative Relations
Beth Holleman, Accounts Manager
Katherine Drake Stowe, Research Coordinator
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