Abnormally Dry conditions in South Carolina have moved and expanded as reported in the latest Drought Monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center on Thursday. For the longest time a very small portion of Aiken County along the Georgia border was abnormally dry. Drought in that area has been erased, but a new area, in northern Horry County along the North Carolina border has appeared; 2.36% of the state. The remainder of the Palmetto State is drought free.
Abnormally Dry Conditions Return to the Tar Heel State
In this weeks’ Drought Monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center for conditions through Tuesday morning, North Carolina’s abnormally dry conditions in the Piedmont have returned. Last week, only 2.66% of the state was abnormally dry, in two pockets, one on the North Carolina/Virginia border, and the other in Brunswick County. This week those two areas have met, and then some. From Brunswick County to the south to Caswell County to the north, and from Wayne County in the east to Montgomery County in the west are now reporting abnormally dry conditions; 35.28% of the state. The Coastal Plain and the Mountains are drought free.
Conaway: Farm Bill Work to Begin in Eight Weeks
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway says work on the 2018 Farm Bill will start within the next eight weeks. Speaking during a farm bill listening session in his home state of Texas, Conaway told attendees that he wants to get the next farm bill on the House floor this year. After three hours of listening to farm leaders, Conaway added he wants the bill on the House floor this year because he disliked the turmoil of extensions. The 2014 Farm Bill expires on September 30, 2018. Conaway also noted that Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas said last week that he also would like to write the farm bill in 2017.
Trump Endorsed Immigration Bill Could Harm Farm Labor
A bill endorsed by President Donald Trump that would change the U.S. immigration system may harm farm labor. The bill does not target the H2A program, which brings in temporary workers, but the bill would have implications for illegal immigrants who may try to qualify for permanent residency and for the prospect of bringing in workers in the livestock and dairy industries, which need year-round workers. The bill seems likely to meet opposition from Democrats and some Republicans in the Senate, but could start the immigration debate and lead to some method of reform.