The Southern Farm Show gets underway this Wednesday at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Several commodity associations use the Southern Farm Show as a venue for their annual meeting, and one of them is the NC Soybean Producers Association. CEO Charles Hall:
“We start at 9:30 in the Martin building. You can get some good information and then continue with the rest of your day at the show.”
Even though the meeting is free to attend, since there’s a lunch involved, Hall says they’d appreciate registering for the meeting:
“Please RSVP to the meeting. The number is 1-800-839-5775.”
The NC Soybean Producers annual meeting is Friday, February 1st at 10:00 am in the Martin building on the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
SC Ag Council’s Quarterly Meeting Set
The quarterly meeting of the South Carolina Ag Council is scheduled for Thursday, February 21. The meeting will focus on Clemson University. Featured speakers are: Pat Layton, Director, School of Agricultural, Forest, & Environmental Sciences, who will give an update on Clemson’s efforts to establish an Agribusiness curriculum within the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences (CAFLAS); Amanda McNulty, host of Making It Grow and Clemson Extension Agent, and Morgan Judy. Registration begins at 9:30 am, Meeting begins at 10:00 am at the S.C. Farm Bureau Office in Cayce, S.C. Cost is $10.00 – Advanced reservation for council members and their invited guests $15.00 – Nonmembers and Anyone "At the Door" Please register no later than Friday, February 15th to be included in lunch plans.
Senators Submit Framework for Immigration Reform
Senators on both side of the aisle are coming out with a comprehensive make-over of the nation's immigration laws. It would give Democrats what they want – a path to citizenship for more than 11 million illegal immigrants. And offer Republicans the promise of tougher border security. But not everyone is for changing the laws. Bob Dane of the Federation for American Immigration Reform says the plan would do a disservice to Americans here legally, especially those looking for work:
“We don’t need an amnesty bill. This Congress needs to compel the President to enforce our existing laws and implement a mandatory e-verify so the jobs we have are reserved for American workers only.”
The five-page senate framework submitted by Senators Schumer, McCain, Durbin, Graham, Menendez, Rubio, Bennet and Flake states that it’s intention is to create a workable program to meet the needs of America’s agricultural industry, including dairy, to find agricultural workers when American workers are not available to fill open positions.