The North Carolina poultry processing plant that suffered a massive fire over the weekend will be rebuilt.
House of Raeford Farms officials also announced that all 675 employees at the Wallace processing plant in Teachey, N.C., would be paid their normal wage until further notice. Employees will be contacted before the end of the week by a company representative regarding job assignments.
Firefighters from nearly two dozen departments responded to the Saturday night fire at the plant. Three firefighters reportedly were injured.
SCDA Hosting Food Safety Training
The South Carolina Department of Agriculture will host food safety training for farmers to prepare for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) on Thursday, March 9 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Phillips Market Center at the State Farmers’ Market in West Columbia.
The training will include a food safety overview, updates on the Food Safety Modernization Act, information on the SC Farm to Institution program, a presentation from Clemson University Food Safety Specialist, detailed visual examples of the dos and don’ts of on-farm food safety practices, a review of the audit checklist for GAP/GHP, and instructions for preparing a standard operating procedures manual. Registration is required, for a link visit SFNToday dot com. https://farmtoinstitution.eventbrite.com.
WOTUS Officially Overturned
The National Corn Growers Association applauded President Donald Trump for issuing an executive order repealing the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.
“We appreciate the Trump Administration’s commitment to reducing regulatory burdens for America’s farmers and ranchers,” said NCGA President Wesley Spurlock. “We fully support the repeal of the WOTUS rule. Farmers and ranchers care deeply about clean water, but this rule had significant flaws. It was arbitrarily written, legally indefensible, and extremely difficult to implement.”
The WOTUS rule, which was issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers under the Obama Administration, was challenged in courts by more than 30 states, environmental organizations, and numerous industry groups including the National Corn Growers Association. In October 2015, a federal appeals court issued a stay preventing the rule’s implementation.
Mexico Won’t Negotiate New Tariffs in NAFTA
Mexico issued a warning to the United States over the weekend, saying if any North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations include new tariffs, the nation’s trade leaders would “get up from the table.” Mexico’s Economy Minister said the country “refuses to even discuss the kind of tariffs President Donald Trump” has suggested, according to Bloomberg. Trump wants to build a border wall and impose a 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico, along with another possible tax on automobiles. Without NAFTA, the U.S. and Mexico would be subject to stricter tariff limits by the World Trade Organization, if both countries choose to be WTO compliant.