In the latest drought monitor released by USDA, North Carolina’s dry conditions remain steady. The area of the state affected by abnormally dry conditions increased by 5/100th of a point, just shy of 54%. The area of the state experiencing moderate drought is also virtually unchanged at 46%, and the area of the state in severe drought is the same at about 6 1/4 %
Immigration Reform to be Introduced in the Senate this Week
House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte from Virginia, says an Ag Guest Worker Program will be introduced this week as the first component of a sweeping House immigration reform effort. Goodlatte says his panel will not rush immigration reform – but take the time needed to get it right after the failures of 1986 and 2007 reform efforts. The Judiciary Chair says an Ag Guest Worker program will be first out of the gate…
“We are going to be introducing an agriculture guest worker this week, there is an interest in addressing the issues that arise when you have certain sectors of the economy that have short falls of workers and we want to make sure that it works for both US citizens who want to work in those areas and the employers who have shortages.”
South Carolina’s Drought Conditions Improve
In the latest drought monitor for South Carolina, the state saw significant improvement from the previous report. Now 66% of the state is drought free compared to 46% the previous week. The area of the state reporting abnormally dry conditions has also decreased from 53% last week to 33% this week. The area of the state experiencing severe drought remains virtually unchanged at just under 11%
GMO Labeling Gets the Federal Attention Expected
Legislation to require the Food and Drug Administration to clearly label all genetically engineered foods has been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate. The Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act was introduced by California Senator Barbara Boxer and Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio. Boxer says the legislation has the support of a broad coalition of consumer groups, businesses, farmers, fishermen and parents who all agree consumers deserve more information about the food they buy.