Grain Bin & Irrigation Utilization Field Day on Wednesday

On Wednesday, April 1st, there will be a grain bin and irrigation utilization field day at the Edisto Research & Education Center near Blackville.  The event gets underway at 9:00 am with registration, and includes a demonstration on Clemson’s Grain Bin Automation Research System, in the morning, with a talk on the financial aspects of grain storage after a sponsored lunch, as well as use of foliar fungicides, using fungicides through pivots, and more.  The meeting will adjourn around 4:00 pm  Registration is free and lunch is provided.  For more information on registration, links and phone numbers, visit SFNToday dot com.

NC Ag Biotech Forum Coming

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center is hosting a professional forum on April 8th from 4:00 pm until about 5:15 pm at the Biotech Center near Research Triangle Park.  This is a series that will be held throughout the year providing the opportunity to learn about North Carolina’s diverse ag biotech resources.  This even series will include a short program of speakers, industry announcements and an open forum for communication with the biotech industry.  Tickets are $10 at the door.

Hogs & Pigs Inventory Up

United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2015 was 65.9 million head. This was up 7 percent from March 1, 2014, but down slightly from Dec. 1, 2014, and down just 1 percent from March 1, 2013. The numbers were in line with what market analysts were expecting. 

Antibiotic Resistance Plan Released

The Obama Administration on Friday released its highly anticipated five-year antibiotic resistance plan, the culmination of a year-long effort by the administration to address antibiotic resistance with more than $1.2 billion in federal funding in the FY 2016 Budget alone. The 63-page plan outlines the government’s approach over the next five years:

  • Slow the emergence of resistant bacteria and prevent the spread of resistant infections;
  • strengthen national “One-Health” surveillance efforts;
  • advance development and use of rapid and innovative diagnostic tests;
  • accelerate basic and applied research and development;
  • and improve international collaboration and capacities.

According to the plan, by 2020 animal producers will have eliminated the use of medically important antibiotics for growth promotion in food-producing animals.


A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.

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