The N.C. Agritourism Networking Association will host a conference titled, “Growth and Prosperity in the Next Season,” for farmers interested in learning more about the economic benefits of agritourism. The event includes speakers from regional agritourism farms and vineyards, as well as economic-development specialists on March 28th at the St. Paul Mountain Vineyard in Hendersonville. Registration is $40 for NCANA members and potential members, or $20 for Extension staff. Registration deadline is Monday, March 25th. For more information visit our calendar.
SC’s Commissioner’s School of Agriculture Now Taking Applications
Rising high school juniors and seniors interested in attending this year’s South Carolina Commissioner’s School for Agriculture held at Clemson University, can now download their application. Students selected for the program will spend the week of July 20th through the 26th looking into careers related to agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, and natural resources. Since it’s inception in 2004 more than 300 high school students have participated in the program. Interested students can go to www.agriculture.sc.gov to download an application, deadline to submit an application is April 16th.
Horse Owners Precautioned Against Highly Contagious Disease
Virginia horse owners are being advised to take precautions following outbreaks of an equine disease in other states. The disease, equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy, is highly contagious. State veterinarian Dr. Richard Wilkes says outbreaks have occurred in the last few months in California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Tennessee and Utah.
Wilkes said Wednesday that there haven't been any recent equine disease outbreaks in Virginia. But horses can become infected while traveling out of state and bring diseases home to their stables.
Vilsack Endorses Amendment to Prevent FSIS Furloughs
An ag-related amendment could still be added to the Senate’s continuing resolution. The amendment – introduced by Roy Blunt of Missouri and Mark Pryor of Arkansas – would transfer approximately 55-million dollars in existing USDA funds to the Food Safety Inspection Service to prevent furloughs of meat and poultry inspectors. Blunt and Pryor have said the furloughs would lead to the closure of nearly 63-hundred food inspection facilities and 500-thousand industry workers would lose nearly 400-million dollars in wages.