North Carolina’s Abnormally Dry Conditions Expand


In the latest drought monitor released by the Drought Mitigation center on Thursday, North Carolina’s Abnormally Dry conditions increased from 43.6% to an even 46%.  The area of moderate drought also increased from just under 8.5% to about 13.5%.  The abnormally dry conditions increased in the Coastal Plain southward from last week’s reading, and the area of moderate drought, which was separate areas last week are not connected, from the Virginia border no to the South Carolina border in the western Piedmont region.  The south central Piedmont, the lower Coastal Plain and the Mountain region remain drought free.

New Area of Moderate Drought in South Carolina

South Carolina’s abnormally dry conditions increased this week as reported in the latest Drought Monitor released on Thursday by the Drought Mitigation Center.  The area of abnormally dry conditions expanded slightly from 32.75% to almost 39%, and the area of moderate drought increased from 2.31% to just over 8%.  The area of abnormally dry conditions expanded both to the east and the west, and a new area of moderate drought, not connected with last week’s area has popped up in McCormick, Greenwood, Saluda and Edgefield Counties.  The area shown on last week’s map also expanded slightly to the west.  The Upstate and the Coastal region, including the Low Country remain drought free.

National Pork Producers Slam New WHO Guidelines for Antibiotics

USDA and the U.S. pork industry are slamming new World Health Organization guidelines that would severely limit the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture in a bid to reduce antibiotic resistance in humans.

National Pork Producers’ spokesman Dave Warner has this…

“Why give up tools that help us produce safe food?  It’s just insane.  And we’re just not going to do it.  That’s why a lot of these companies making pronouncements on ‘antibiotic free’, it’s exasperating.”

USDA, through its top scientist, says the WHO guidelines to severely limit prevention-uses of antibiotics in food-producing animals are “not in alignment with U.S. policy, and not supported by sound science.” The statement goes on to say that the guidelines “erroneously conflate disease prevention with growth promotion in animals. Warner says the pork industry has been working to reduce antibiotic use in hogs for years.

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.