North Carolina Sees First EEE Case of the Year


A 16-year-old paint horse in Cabarrus County has died after contracting Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis.

EEE is a mosquito-borne disease that is preventable in equine by vaccination. This is the first confirmed case of EEE in North Carolina this year.

The vaccinations initially require two shots, 30 days apart, for horses, mules and donkeys that have no prior vaccination history. North Carolina State Veterinarian Dr. Dough Meckes recommends a booster shot every six months in North Carolina because of the state’s prolonged mosquito season.

Clemson Extension Makes New Fungicide Recommendations for Southern Blight

A Clemson University researcher has determined a new management strategy for Southern blight — a serious disease that kills tomatoes and affects more than 1,200 plants.

Tony Keinath, vegetable pathologist at Clemson’s Coastal Research & Education Center in Charleston has released a fact sheet,  which lists fungicide recommendations for tomato and pepper plants.

Keinath’s study found fungicides Priaxor, Fontelis and Cabrio are effective against Southern blight on tomatoes and peppers.

Perdue Proclaims National Farmers’ Market Week

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue proclaims August 6 – 13 to be National Farmers Market Week. It’s the 18th straight year that the USDA has supported local producers by encouraging families to meet and buy from the farmers and other vendors at their local farmers market. Perdue signed a proclamation noting farmers markets and other agricultural direct marketing outlets contribute roughly $9 billion each year to the U.S. economy. They also serve as significant outlets for small-to-medium, as well as new and veteran, producers to market agricultural goods, generating revenue that supports the sustainability of family farms and rural communities.

Ex-Trade Negotiator Says Trump Misguided on NAFTA

The Trump Administration’s goal to reduce trade deficits by renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement is not a good one. That’s the opinion of former top Obama-era trade negotiator Darci Vetter. The Capital Press says Vetter feels that goal may cause unforeseen and unintentional consequences for farm exports. Vetter was the chief U.S. agricultural trade negotiator from 2014 until January of this year. She spoke to delegates at the U.S. Grain Council’s annual meeting, saying that using NAFTA to close trade gaps with Canada and Mexico could snare farm exports in trade disputes

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.