All of South Carolina has been declared a federal disaster area as a result of the heavy rains that have inundated the state since last spring.
Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack notified Gov. Nikki Haley on Wednesday that her request for a disaster designation has been approved. That means farmers across the state who suffered crop losses because of the heavy rains can qualify for low-interest loans.
Last week, Haley and state Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers visited a Dorchester County farm to view the damage that has left fields flooded, preventing farmers from planting and harvesting those crops they were able to get into the fields.
Vilsack designated 36 counties primary disaster areas and the state's remaining counties as contiguous disaster areas. But farmers in all counties qualify for loans.
Biofuels-Bioenergy Field Day Set
On Wednesday, September 4th, the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station in Mills River will host a field day on bioenergy crops. The event will showcase NC State’s involvement in working towards meeting North Carolina’s renewable fuel and energy goals as a grower, researcher industry representative or manufacturer. Registration gets underway at 12:30 with talks and plot tours getting underway at 1:00 and wrapping up around 5.
COOL on Trial
Nine groups asked a federal court in Washington, D.C. for a preliminary injunction to stop USDA from enforcing its new Country of Origin Labeling law. The American Meat Institute was joined by two Canadian livestock producer groups, a Mexican livestock producer group, other domestic organizations – including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Producers Council – and the North American Meat Association in filing suit to block implementation of the rule earlier this summer. The groups argue that the new labels required for meat and poultry sold at retail constitute “compelled speech” – which is only allowed under the U.S. constitution when it serves a substantial government interest.
Upcoming Weather Forecast Looks Wet
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, gives the outlook weather wise for the nation during the period of September 3 – 9.
“Looking beyond labor day at the 8-14 day outlook, its continuing hot weather across most of the county. In terms of rainfall patterns, there will be active moisture across the southwest and it will eventually be drawn eastward across the corn belt, perhaps providing some much needed moisture. The other area expected to be wet in September is the east. Particularly in the southeast.”