N.C. A&T partners with Local Montagnard Group

An agriculture research project at North Carolina A&T State University will establish recommendations for small-scale urban vegetable production for the Piedmont. The project is an innovative partnership between N.C. A&T’s School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (SAES) and a Montagnard group. Montagnards are immigrants who inhabited the highlands of Vietnam.

SAES researchers will experiment with vegetable production using cover crops, compost, minimal tillage or no tillage and other soil conservation practices appropriate for the region. Concurrently, the Women’s Learning Group, a Montagnard grassroots organization, will cultivate the same vegetables utilizing their approaches to gardening, which tend to rely on conventional practices, including tilling the soil and commercial fertilizers and pesticides.

TPA Passage allows Work on TPPNCBA

Lobbyist Colin Woodall is excited about Congress providing President Obama with Trade Promotion Authority- he says that allows the USTR office to finish their work with other countries on the Trans Pacific Partnership. Woodall believes that we are very close on finalizing this Pacific Rim deal…

“We are close, we know that it’s a matter of refining some of the language and get all of the counties to agree to it. And then get it to Congress to review so they can ask questions and give us an up or down vote.”

President Obama signed TPA legislation passed last week but had this reminder …

“The trade authorization that is provided here is not the actual trade agreements. So we still have some tough negotiations that will be taking place.”

TPA isn’t an actual trade agreement, but paves the way for negotiators to put their best deals on the table in negotiations, and TPA will extend beyond the Obama administration.

U.S. Hogs and Pigs Inventory Up 9 Percent

USDA’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report released Friday indicated a nine percent inventory increase compared to June of last year. The National Agriculture Statistics Service reported as of June 1st this year, there were 66.9 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms. NASS surveyed over 8,100 operators across the nation during the first half of June. Surveyed producers were asked to report their hog and pig inventories as of June 1st, 2015.

Ireland BSE Case Classified as Isolated

Final test results have confirmed that a suspected BSE case, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, was an isolated case in a single animal, according to Irelands Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine. Meatingplace reports the agency’s investigation confirmed that 67 animals identified as potentially exposed and that were slaughtered and disposed of tested negative for BSE. The investigation’s results are being reported to the EU Commission and to the World Organization for Animal Health and Irish officials expect to have a reassigned controlled-risk status to Ireland.


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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