Like most segments of society, technology in the ag world is advancing at a rapid clip, and the SC Agribiz & Farm Expo will have many of the latest technologies on display at the Expo later this week according to show manager, Jody Martin:
“All of our exhibitors are doing great things. We have over 100 national and local exhibitors. A lot of them revolve around precision ag, from the technology to the equipment.”
The 2nd Annual South Carolina Agribiz & Farm Expo gets underway on Thursday at the Florence Civic Center and runs through Friday. For more, visit www.scagribizexpo.com.
Registration Open for the 9th Annual Ag Development Forum
North Carolina Department of Agriculture has announced the ninth annual ag development forum, February 6th from 9:30 am until 12:30 pm at the Holshouser building at the State Fair Grounds during the Southern Farm Show. The annual forum features several features, as well as the commissioner’s annual State of Agriculture address. While there is no cost to attend, registration is encouraged for meal planning purposes. Visit nc agr dot gov for more info or a link.
Expected Completion of Farm Bill Slips Again
According to Politico – House Ag Committee Chair Frank Lucas says final action on a farm bill conference report will likely slip to late January. Lucas still says the farm bill needs to be done as soon as possible – but he can’t move until some big issues are addressed. One area of frustration for the conference committee leader is the standoff over dairy policy between House Speaker John Boehner and Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin
Peterson. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says there will be hell to pay if Congress doesn’t get the farm bill done soon. He says there should be a way to deal with Boehner’s dairy policy concerns without hurting the interests of dairy farmers.
AFBF Calls for Members to Hold Congress Accountable
In his annual address to members of the American Farm Bureau Federation – AFBF President Bob Stallman told the crowd it’s time to hold the least productive Congress in history accountable for its lack of action. He asked members to let lawmakers know it’s time to bridge their differences and pass overdue legislation important to U.S. agriculture…
“Congress is falling down on the job of addressing the Nation’s needs. Including your needs as the producers of the Nation’s bounty.”
Stallman said those needs include passage of a new farm bill, waterways infrastructure improvements and immigration reform that includes a new agricultural worker program.