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SC Ag Commissioner Encourages Eligible Workers to Get Vaccinated

COLUMBIA — With South Carolina preparing to expand COVID-19 vaccine availability, Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers is urging those in the food and agriculture sector to step up and be vaccinated when they are eligible. The South Carolina Department of Health

Bad Mouthing that Tax Refund

While you may love getting a tax refund, most financial advisors say it’s not a great idea. Gary Crawford has this report.

Transforming Trash to Treasure

Some innovative entrepreneurs are making new food and drink products from materials that up to now have been considered waste. Gary Crawford has two examples on this edition of Agriculture USA.

2021 N.C. Boll Weevil Assessment Remains at 75 Cents/acre

RALEIGH — The board of the Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation of North Carolina has set the 2021 boll weevil assessment at 75 cents per acre of cotton. The amount remains the same as in 2020. The fee supports the foundation’s

USDA Efforts in COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution

Personnel in some of the Agriculture Department’s mission areas are involved in planning and distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations. Rod Bain reports.

#TeachSweet Contest

The North Carolina SweetPotato Commission (yes, sweetpotato is actually one word!) is hosting #TeachSweet, a social media contest running from Jan. 15-Mar. 15, 2021 for teachers and homeschool parents all over the country. Get a chance to win the grand prize of

Troxler: “We’re Gonna Have Us a State Fair This Year”

NC Ag Commissioner pointed to the continued importance of ag to the state’s economy in his State of Agriculture Address on Wednesday, as well as confidently declaring that the state’s number one event will make its return this September. Mike

Defending the Flock from Disease Outbreak

Bird Health Awareness Week is this week (February 22-26th) Keeping poultry flocks safe from a disease outbreak requires use of proper biosecurity measures, such as those promoted through USDA programs. Rod Bain reports.

USDA Restores Role of Office of Tribal Relations

What is the status of USDA’s Office of Tribal Relations, and why does that matter? In this week’s Agriculture USA, Stephanie Ho takes a look.

Ag and Food Innovations in 1890 Land Grant Research

Innovations in the farm and food sectors have been a historic part of the 1890’s land grant university research system, including continuing R&D at these facilities including SC State and NC A&T. Rod Bain reports.