Hemp farming, legalized in the 2018 Farm Bill, could help change the decline in production and profits that many tobacco farmers are facing.
Now Furnish is helping lead the nation’s most prestigious agricultural education organization — the National FFA.
Two Michigan Technological University researchers say converting tobacco fields to solar farms could profitably serve two purposes: Reduce preventable deaths and meet the growing need for solar energy to combat climate change. Ram Krishnan, now an engineer designing large solar systems in the rapidly expanding U.S. solar industry, and Joshua Pearce, professor of materials science […]
For North Carolina farmers looking to get out of tobacco, stevia cultivation may be an option. PureCircle, the world’s leading producer and innovator of great-tasting stevia sweeteners for the global beverage and food industries, is launching a new stevia farming program that will provide economic opportunities for tobacco farmers looking for a sustainable crop which […]
A first generation Virginia farmer who grows tobacco and raises beef cattle and pullet breeder chickens has been selected as the overall winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award for 2017. As an eighth grade student in an agriculture class, Robert Mills, Jr. decided to become a farmer. As soon […]
As hard as we fight against plant pathogens, we have to be aware that those pathogens are doing what they can to fight us. One such microbe, Ralstonia solanacearum, enters roots through wounds or natural openings and chokes off the water-transport system of a plant. The result is that the plant — commonly tobacco, tomatoes, and […]