House of Raeford Fined by District Court
House of Raeford Farms Inc. has received a fine of $150,000 stemming from wastewater pre-treatment violations in 2005 and 2006 at its Raeford, N.C., chicken processing plant. The fine ordered in U.S. District Court comes nearly seven years after the company and the City of Raeford reached a resolution that included a $1.4 million retrofit of the company’s wastewater treatment system that solved the problems raised by the city. House of Raeford noted in a statement that wastewater was never released directly into the local environment, nor was there any allegation of harm to the environment.
Southeastern Weather to be Dry
USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey says from now through the weekend it will be dry across the country but, depending on where you are it will be warm or cool.
“The storm system currently affecting parts of the plains and the Midwest will weaken and drift to the east and be off shore across the North Atlantic. Warm weather will cover the western US this weekend, while cold and generally dry across the eastern US.”
Farm Bureau President Testifies at Ag Labor Hearing
The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security met Tuesday to discuss agricultural labor. American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman testified that a new, modern guestworker program for agricultural workers is needed so U.S. farmers and ranchers can continue growing food, tending livestock and contributing to the nation’s economy. Stallman urged lawmakers to implement a new, market-based labor program administered by USDA. He said this new program would serve as a substitute for – and eventually replace – the H-2A program. He said it would provide farmers with access to a legal and stable workforce over the long-term.