Informational Meetings for Backyard Poultry Owners Scheduled

A series of informational meetings for backyard poultry owners, hosted by North Carolina Department of Agriculture are scheduled around the state to talk about avian influenza.  The meeting will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at each location.  The first will be at the Guilford County Center on Tuesday, September 1st, then on September2nd in Union Count at the County Center, then on the 4th at the Nash County Center in Nashville.  For  pre-registration, :  www.ncagr.gov/avianflu

Clemson Experiment to Clean Up Creek Deemed a Success

Clemson University recently employed a unique grounds keeping crew to clean up weed and vine-choked Hunnicutt Creek….goats.  The creek has been held hostage for decades by non-native invasive plant species, such as kudzu, a delicacy in the goat world.  The project began right at a year ago, with 40 goats loaned to the university, and they ate their way to freedom over 56 days within the confines of an electric fence.  Once the goats had done their job, the next step of the multi-pronged approach began, humans spraying stumps and removing the remains of the offending vegetation.  The goats keep people safe by exposing hazards hidden by leaves, and the remove the ugliness of applying herbicide and leaving dead vegetation.

Southeastern Poultry Plants Well Represented in Worker Safety Awards

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council recognized 115 chicken and turkey facilities for outstanding safety performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs. Several southeastern facilities received awards in most categories.

The annual safety awards were presented during the 2015 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry held in Myrtle Beach, S.C.


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.