North Carolina's reliance on its agriculture may become strained in the near future due to a shortage of labor, which has increased the need for
immigrant labor. Larry Wooten, President of the North Carolina Farm Bureau, says he is hopeful the Bureau's involvement in he immigration debate in Washington will soon bring immigration reform. He says if it doesn't happen soon, it may not happen at all.
“It’s such a volatile issue for a lot of politicians and it gets demagogue from the left and from the right so nothing happens and that’s not a very good place.”
Wooten adds that several industries will continue to be affected by the country's broken immigration system until changes are made. An immigration bill may soon be considered by the U.S. Senate.
June is Beef Month in South Carolina
The South Carolina cattle and beef industry will celebrate beef month starting Saturday, June 1st. The industry is a top ten agricultural cash commodity for the Palmetto state. The South Carolina Cattlemen’s Association uses Beef Month as a vehicle to make consumers aware of where their food comes from, and how it’s raised and cared for.
US Pork Industry Fears Retaliation over MCOOL
The U.S. pork industry fears possible trade retaliation in two of its top markets after USDA issued a final rule on country-of-origin labeling.
National Pork Producers Council spokesperson Dave Warner says USDA’s lack of change in the rule form the earlier version could result in retaliation that would punish U.S. pork exports…
“This new rule doesn’t satisfy our US trade obligations under the WTO, it would essentially tell the Canadians and the Mexicans that they are allowed to retaliate.”
NPPC doesn’t expect the labeling rule to satisfy either the World Trade Organization or Canada and Mexico – the countries that brought the original trade case against the U.S. Those countries represented the second and fourth largest export markets by value for U.S. pork in 2012.