NC Extension has released the 2017 Official Variety Testing, or OVT’s for corn. This year’s testing was overseen by Ryan Heiniger, and his staff Phil Johnson, Johnny Denton, and Andrew Baucom. Individual farms as well as Extension plots were used for the trials, in most every corn growing county in the state. For a link to this year’s results, visit SFNToday dot com.
Vote Delayed on Odors Emanating from House of Raeford Processing Plant
The City Council of West Columbia, S.C., has decided to delay a vote on a set of restrictions on “offensive” odors from the House of Raeford processing facility in that town. Officials gave initial approval to the restrictions last month, and a final vote was expected today. Development in the community is moving ever-closer to the chicken processing plant, a 60-year-old facility that turns out 281 million pounds of meat a year. Odors from the operation on banks of the Congaree River are considered a significant barrier to further growth, including to the local riverwalk recreational area.
House of Raeford is researching odor-mitigating technologies and other operational changes that could make a difference
Balance of Farm Payment Programs and Markets
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue discusses the need to balance the farm safety net with encouraging growers to produce for the market within the context of a new Farm Bill:
“The ’14 farm bill in moving away from direct payments and those kind of things was a good step, but the safety net is the real key for our food security.
“We’ve got to have a real safety net here where farmers look at market signals and produce for the market, not for the farm programs. And that means a real balance, and you’ve so many more crops using insurance as a basis on that safety net. So, what’s the right balance there?
“I think the two committee are fairly informed on some of the intricacies of the farm bill and insurance and ARC and PLC and all those kinds of payments.”
Group Seek Delay in Reporting Requirements
A November 15 deadline to report on-farm air emissions is looming. The National Pork Producers Council and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association filed a brief in support of an Environmental Protection Agency motion to delay a mandate that farmers report certain air emissions from manure on their farms. Back in April, a federal court threw out an exemption for farms from reporting “hazardous” air emissions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Act and the Emergency Community Response Right to Know Act. The court made the move after environmental groups sued the EPA in federal court. Between 60,000 and 100,000 livestock and poultry farmers will have to file air emissions reports with the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center. They’ll also have to file written reports to a local EPA office within 30 days of filing with the NRC.