Five months after purchasing Farm Progress and becoming North America's largest and most diversified agriculture information company, Penton is poised to unveil its new agriculture group in mid-April. In a few geographic areas where the combined businesses overlapped, primarily the south, Farm Progress's Carolina-Virginia Farmer, Southern Farmer, and Mid-South Farmer will cease publication, although it was unclear as to when production of the publications will end.
Rainwater Workshop Being Offered
The Florence Darlington Stormwater Consortium and the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park are hosting a rain garden workshop for professionals. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 15 at the Lynches River County Park Community Building, 1110 Ben Gause Road, Coward.
The program is designed for landscape architects, installers, nursery professionals, engineers, site designers, community planners, and among others.
The workshop will feature an overview of water quality in the Pee Dee; the benefits of rain gardens; rain garden design, construction and maintenance; and plant selection. Attendees will participate in a rain garden installation at Lynches River County Park. The workshop is free thanks to a grant from Waste Management, but space is limited. Registration is required by April 8.
Latest Crop & Weather Report for North Carolina Shows Cool Temps and Mud
In the latest crop and weather report released by USDA for North Carolina, there were only 2 ½ days suitable for field work in the week ending March 24th, the same number as for the week ending February 24th. Statewide moisture levels are rated 3% short, 50% adequate and 47% surplus. Average temperatures have been below normal. Most tobacco seed greenhouses are ready for the upcoming season, but the cool, wet weather is causing a delay in corn land preparations, requiring frost protection for strawberries and has caused pastures to become very muddy which raises concerns for animal health.
France’s Support in U.S.-EU Trade Deal Crucial
France threatened earlier this week to delay trade talks between the U.S. and European Union. Negotiations for a transatlantic free trade agreement are expected to start in June – but the negotiating mandate proposed by the European Commission earlier in March must be approved by EU governments before talks can start. Trade Minister Nicole Bricq says France wants to exclude genetically modified products in food and hormones in meat from the deal. Even though the European Commission and U.S. hope for a free trade agreement by the end of 2014 – Bricq says talks could be long and last several years.
Spring Weather Could be Delayed Even Longer
According to USDA Meterologist Brad Rippey’s latest forecast, we could be waiting even longer for spring temperatures to arrive:
“As we move into April and look at the 8-14 day forecast, it looks like continuing cold weather in just about all areas east of the Rockies. We do expect a much stormier weather pattern. Generally, the entire country is expecting near to above normal precipitation, with the wettest areas in the Southeastern US.”