10th Annual “Got To Be NC” Festival this Weekend

It’s time for the 10th annual Got to Be NC Festival at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.  NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler:

5-15 Troxler 1                     :10                    …”free.”

There’s perennial favorites at this year’s festival:

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And the cornerstone of the festival is the antique tractor exhibition:

5-15 Troxler 3                     :09                    …”southeast.”

For more visit Gottobencfestival.com

NC’s General Assembly Overrides Nuisance Lawsuit Veto

North Carolina’s General Assembly overrode the governor’s veto of a bill that limits monetary damage awards in lawsuits targeting animal smells and other nuisances that arise from hog and poultry farms.  Under damages awarded in lawsuits against agricultural operations are to be measured by the reduction in fair market value of the plaintiff’s property caused by the nuisance and cannot exceed the property’s fair value.

In announcing his veto North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said special protection for one industry opens the door to weakening nuisance laws in other areas, potentially harming homeowners and the environment.

New Ag Secretary Announces New USDA Trade Position

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Thursday formally unveiled plans to establish an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs as part of a reorganization of USDA. The Foreign Agricultural Service will be situated under the new undersecretary for trade, Perdue said. The undersecretary for trade will work alongside the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. Perdue also announced the creation of a farm production and conservation mission area, which will focus on domestic agricultural issues.


AFBF Pleased with State’s Proposed Involvement in New WOTUS Reg’s

The American Farm Bureau Federation praised the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to collaborate closely with state governors regarding revision of the Waters of the United States rule. AFBF general counsel Ellen Steen says the outreach represents a new openness from the EPA….

5-16 Steen 1                   :17               …”from U.S. EPA.

Steen says for agriculture and Farm Bureau, the collaboration offers a new opportunity to work with state governments to provide input on the revised WOTUS rule

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