In the latest drought monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center for conditions through Tuesday morning, North Carolina’s abnormally dry conditions abated some, falling from 35.28% to 27.81%. The area of shrinkage is largely from east to west, and from the north. The majority of the Piedmont remains in abnormally dry conditions.
South Carolina’s small area of abnormally dry conditions disappeared this week, and the state is completely drought free.
Weather Outlook for End of August
USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey has the weather forecast for August 22nd through 28th.
“The forecast is for near to above normal temperatures nationwide. That is a change for the central and eastern US, which has been trending cool for this month, so far.
“Precipitation for August 22, through the 28th, look for wet conditions from in many areas the Mississippi Valley eastward.”
NPPC Wants Pork Trade to Keep Flowing in NAFTA
The National Pork Producers’ Council is just one of the many agricultural groups weighing in on the renegotiation of NAFTA. The NPPC is urging the administration to maintain a zero-tariff rate on pork traded in North America. Like many other agricultural groups, the Pork Producers want to reemphasize to the administration what a boon NAFTA has been for American agriculture. The first round of talks is scheduled to wrap up Sunday in Washington.
EPA Administrator Asks Cattlemen to Submit WOTUS Comments
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is urging cattle ranchers to submit comments to the EPA on the Waters of the U.S. rule repeal. Pruitt made his plea in a video released by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, urging farmers and ranchers to submit official comments on the repeal of the WOTUS rule before the Agency’s deadline of Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. In the video, Pruitt says the comments “helps inform our decision-making process.”
Settlement Reached in Duarte Nursery Case
California-based Duarte Nursery has agreed to a settlement with the United States in the federal government’s nearly five-year enforcement action over Duarte’s plowing property to plant wheat in late 2012. The Pacific Legal Fund, along with Duarte Nursery President John Duarte, announced the settlement earlier this week. Under the agreement, Duarte would admit no liability, pay the government $330,000 in a civil penalty, purchase $770,000 worth of vernal pool mitigation credits, and perform additional work on the site of the plowing. The Corps of Engineers accused Duarte of improperly disturbing a wetland when he plowed the wheat field in 2012.