The NC State College of Veterinary Medicine and the NC Veterinary Medical Association are sponsoring a free EEE equine vaccination clinic for horse owners in financial need this Saturday. The clinic will be held in Cumberland County where five of the seven cases of EEE have been confirmed in North Carolina this year.
To guarantee a time slot at the clinic, participants must schedule in advance by calling 919 513-6640. Walk-ins will be accommodated until vaccine supplies run out, and you must bring your horse, vaccines will not be distributed for at-home administration.
The clinic will be from 8:00 am until noon at the Tractor Supply on Lackey Street in Lumberton.
Edisto’s Peanut Field Day Coming Up
Clemson University is hosting a Peanut Field day on Thursday, September 5th at the Edisto Research and Education Center near Blackville. The field day gets under way at 8:30 am with registration, plot tours and demonstrations start at 9. There will also be a sorghum stop in this year’s field day.
More on the Immigration Reform Debate
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack explains what he says the immigration reform debate is really about.
“Sometimes people think immigration reform is only about immigrants. This is about a multi-generation operation that is challenged to provide workforce for American agriculture. Its impacting its capacity to be able to expand and to grow. Its very fundamental to understand that this is having real life consequences.”
Federal Workers Retiring in Droves
A rush for the exits by senior federal workers is sweeping USDA and other departments – as baby boomers who held on during the great recession are increasingly calling it quits. It’s a perfect storm of factors – agency budgets are being slashed, salaries frozen, workers furloughed and bureaucrats demonized. Robert Goldenkoff led a GAO study on federal retirements and says morale is down and retirement accounts are back up. Federal workers are getting older – and many are planning to – or have already – called it quits…
“At USDA a percentage of folks eligible to retire by 2016 is 35%. Government wide its around 30%.”
But there’s no government-wide plan to deal with projected retirements – leaving planning up to the agencies. And GAO has found alarming inconsistencies. Most have cut or even zeroed out training and hiring.
Early Season Rains Affecting NC Apple Crop
Agriculture officials in Henderson County say crop losses from this year's flooding could top $40 million.
Members of the county's agricultural advisory committee said they expect the losses to increase as rain continues and more farmers report on their crops.
County Extension Director Marvin Owings Jr. said more than 6,600 acres of crops have been destroyed by flooding, fungus and over-saturated soil, going on to say thousands of more acres of crops have been damaged.
Owings says about a quarter of the apple crop, half of the hay crop, 60 percent of the tomatoes and 80 percent of green beans have been damaged.