The 2013 SC Corn and Soybean Association Annual Meeting and Sporting Clay Shoot is set for February 7th at the Wagon Trail Range in Sumter. The event gets underway at noon with shooter registration with the awards banquet & meeting following at 6:00 pm. The event, including the banquet is free to current SCCSA members. If a non-member, there is a $100 fee that includes the Clay shoot and banquet as well as a one-year membership to SCCSA, ASA and NCGA. For more information, visit our calendar
Day-long Workshops to Advise on Future of the Farm
Mount Olive College’s Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center will partner with multiple entities to provide day-long regional events titled “Planning for the Future of Your Farm” beginning January 16th in Lee County.
These workshops are designed to address the numerous multi-generational farms in North Carolina today, which few of these farm families are believe to have planned for what happens to the farm when the person who currently makes the major decisions decides to retire or passes away.
Transitional planning can help to alleviate the obstacles that successors will face, while ensuring the continued financial health of the farm family and business.
The United States Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency in 2012 awarded Mount Olive College funding to provide educational events and workshops for landowners and farm families. These events and workshops will feature experts who will provide information and resources to jump start the planning process. For a complete schedule with locations, click here
Congress Avoids Fiscal Cliff, Passes 9-Month Farm Bill Extension
Tucked into the fiscal package passed by Congress late Tuesday is a nine-month extension of the farm bill. The massive five-year farm bill expired last fall when the House wouldn't vote on a new version passed by the Senate. The extension includes a safety net for dairy farmers. But it axes many popular programs. The package permanently extends current tax rates for families earning less than 450-thousand dollars a year and permanently patches the alternative minimum tax.
The White House fact sheet on the big fiscal deal Congress passed has exactly one sentence about the farm bill extension. It says it will avoid the doubling of milk prices that would have kicked in automatically in the absence of any farm bill – a phenomenon that came to be known as the "dairy cliff".
South Carolina Department of Ag Extends Survey Period
South Carolina Department of Agriculture has extended the survey period to determine disposal locations for South Carolina farmers, foresters and nurserymen. The survey is being conducted to determine disposal locations around the state for the second phase of the voluntary South Carolina Waste Pesticide Recovery Program.
The program is open to all private and commercial pesticide applicators in the state to dispose of all outdated or unwanted pesticides. To participate in the location survey, visit www.agriculture.sc.gov