GOP May Back Away from Estate Tax Repeal

The White House and GOP Congressional leaders are considering ditching estate tax repeal and other tax breaks that Democrats charge

favor the wealthy.

The idea is to pick up Democratic votes by shaping tax reform more toward the middle-class. Democrats argue estate tax repeal would benefit only the wealthy, those who die with more than $5.5 million in their estates, and would boost the federal debt. Republicans say the tax levied at death is unfair and needs to go.

American Farm Bureau Federation tax adviser Pat Wolff has argued for years that the estate tax impacts middle-income farmers and ranchers who need repeal, to pass their businesses onto the next generation. The Republican conference is meeting this weekend, and details of a proposal could be released early next week.


The CEO of Panera Bread is challenging fast-food executives to eat the kids’ meals they sell for a week. Ron Shaich said “For too long, food chains in the United States have served our children poorly.” He’s dubbing the social media campaign #KidsMenuChallenge. Shaich issued the challenge in a video posted to Twitter.


Five men have been arrested in Edgecombe County, NC for either stealing or attempting to steal industrial hemp.


Salmon have a lousy problem, and the race to solve it is spanning the globe.

A surge of parasitic sea lice is disrupting salmon farms around the world. The lice attach themselves to salmon and feed on them, rendering them useless as a food fish.

The lice are a problem on salmon farms in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, Norway and Chile. Scientists and fish farmers are working on new ways to control the lice, although so far it has been an uphill struggle.

Solutions include bathing the salmon in warm water to remove the lice and zapping the fish with underwater lasers. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.