In the latest Drought Monitor, in spite of all the rain the last two weeks, the area of Abnormally Dry conditions remains virtually unchanged. A little more that 65.5% of the state is drought free in this report, compared to just over 65% in the previous report. The area reporting abnormally dry conditions is in a continuous section of the coastal plains.
Also in the latest Drought Monitor, 100% of the Palmetto State is now drought free. Last week just over 2% of the state was reporting abnormally dry conditions, three months ago 95% of the state was abnormally dry and 68% of the state was reporting moderate drought, 47% of the state was reporting severe drought and 6% reporting extreme drought just three months ago.
USDA Makes Ruling on Country of Origin Labeling
USDA issued the final rule modifying country of origin labeling provisions for muscle cut meat to address a WTO ruling on Thursday. US Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says he is confident the changes will improve the overall operation:
“This final rule requires the origin destinations of muscle cut meats to include information about where each of the production steps may have occurred.”
Vilsack says mandatory COL requirements may help consumers make informed decisions about their food purchases.
“The final rule will provide that consumers are provided with accurate origin information as congress intended, and bring the US into conformity with its WTO obligation. The US remains committed to ensure that consumers are provided with information about the origin of muscle cut meats they purchase.”