North Carolina’s drought conditions continued to improve in the latest drought monitor. The portions of the state experiencing no dry conditions increased from just under 40 percent to over 45 percent, in the Coastal Plain and in the counties bordering Tennessee. The area experiencing abnormally dry conditions decreased from 60 percent to 54 percent, from the foothills all across the Piedmont. The area experiencing moderate drought went from 37 percent down to 15, and the area experiencing severe drought, in Mecklenburg and Union counties was upgraded to moderate drought.
Immigration Reform Rising to Top of Congress’ List
A new bipartisan effort to overhaul this nation's immigration system is set to get underway. The White House and a bipartisan group of senators will come together next week to work on the issue. President Obama will begin his push on the issue during a trip on Tuesday to Las Vegas. A Senate aide says a working group also plans to outline its proposals about the same time. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the President is committed to the issue.
“The President’s commitment to comprehensive immigration reform has been clear for a long time, and it has been detailed for a very long time.”
South Carolina Sees Little Improvement in Drought Conditions
South Carolina’s drought conditions continue to slowly improve as shown in the latest drought monitor. In the last report the area experiencing no dry conditions went from under 1 percent to just over 4 percent, in Oconee, Pickens and Greenville counties, as well as the very coastal tip of Horry County. The are experiencing abnormally dry conditions decreased from just shy of 100 percent to just under 96 percent, the areas experiencing moderate, severe and extreme drought showed no improvement in the latest report.
Peanut Research Meeting Set
Clemson University scientists will present a research update Jan. 31 at the S.C. Peanut Board’s 2013 Peanut Growers Meeting in Santee.
Clemson’s Scott Monfort, Jay Chapin and James Thomas will give a research progress report as part of a day-long program.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Santee Convention Center, 1737 Bass Drive (Highway 15), in Santee. The convention center is just off Interstate 95 exit 98.
The program includes a National Peanut Board update and presentations on disease management, irrigation scheduling and variety trials.
Senators Want Hearing with Trade Negotiators
A group of Senators are trying to ensure agriculture is a priority in trade discussions between the U.S. and European Union. Chuck Grassley, Pat Roberts, Mike Enzi and John Thune have requested a Senate Finance Committee hearing with U.S. trade negotiators to better understand their working-group efforts with EU officials. Iowa’s Grassley says ag trade has always been a difficult subject with the EU. But if the U.S. is going to move forward on a possible trade agreement – he says agriculture must be a major discussion topic. He says the barriers the EU has placed on many U.S. ag products are not based in sound science.