N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is developing a strategic plan to guide the college’s future. Dean Rich Linton is inviting everyone to participate in a listening session to be held in several locations over the next 6 weeks. The sessions will begin on Jan. 7th and finish Feb. 8th.
They are eager to hear input on the College’s strategic missions in education, research and extension directly affects the quality and prosperity of NC’s farms and agribusinesses. For more on the dates, times and locations, visit our calendar
Farm Bill Extensions Filed
Three farm bill extensions were filed over the weekend in an effort to prevent problems in the ag sector as a result of any fiscal cliff fallout. Meanwhile, ag leaders in Washington are urging Congress to act before milk prices rise and funding to programs is cut.
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack continues to urge Congress to get a farm bill passed to stabilize milk prices and preserve the SNAP program, previously known as food stamps. Stating it is no longer possible to enact a five-year farm bill in this Congress – House Ag Committee Chair Frank Lucas says the responsible thing to do is to extend the 2008 Farm Bill for one year. He says an extension would provide certainty to the nation’s producers and critical disaster assistance to those affected by record drought conditions. While Lucas says the extension legislation isn’t perfect – he is hopeful it will pass the House and Senate and be signed by President Obama by today.
SC Farmer Appointed to ASA Board
Sumter County farmer, John Rivers, IV has been appointed to represent South Carolina on the American Soybean Association Board of Directors. Rivers was also selected to serve on the Membership and Corporate Relations Committee with Chairman Bob Worth and others soybean producers from around the country.
SC Still Mired in Drought
The last Drought Monitor report of 2012 had little good news, reporting that 62 percent of the Lower 48 is still in moderate or worse drought. No relief is expected for most areas any time soon, and it is forecast to linger well into 2013.
Federal meteorologists are also saying that the drought is now second in size only to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. South Carolina’s drought conditions remain steady with about two and a quarter percent of the state in extreme drought, a slight reduction in severe drought but still in the 36% range, moderate drought and abnormally dry conditions remained the same.