The Richland, Calhoun, and Orangeburg Conservation Districts will host an Irrigation and Water Management Workshop on Thursday, March 14, at Tri-County Electric in St. Matthews from 9 am until 3 pm. Attendees will learn about irrigation scheduling, water quality and how it affects production and pesticide efficacy, agricultural water use regulations and reporting requirements, and NRCS technical and financial assistance for efficient irrigation and water management practices. The cost for the workshop is $10 and includes lunch. For more details or to register, visit our calendar.
NPPC Loses Ractapomine Battle with Taiwan
The U.S. pork industry has lost its battle for now with Taiwan over efforts to get U.S. pork treated with leanness-additive ractopamine into the country. The National Pork Producers Council insisted last year that U.S. trade officials pressure Taiwan to relax its ban on ractopamine-treated pork – and not just beef treated with the additive. NPPC Trade Chief Nick Giordano said last August…
“It will be a slap in the face to the US pork industry if the largest pork exporter in the world, the US, are told – sorry, the political pressure that Taiwanese pork producers yield in Taipei and throughout the country is too strong for us to get this problem fixed.”
But now the U.S. has announced in Taiwan that it will renew suspended annual trade talks with Taipei – despite the outstanding issue with pork – the biggest sector of Taiwanese agriculture.
US House Opens Hearings on Immigration Reform
The Senate addressed the 800 pound gorilla in the room last week…immigration reform. Yesterday, the House began work on the issue. During the opening hearing on immigration, Virginia Representative Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says the legal immigration system needs to be fixed, especially as it pertains to agriculture:
“Our agriculture guest worker program is simply unworkable.”
Report Shows Farmer’s Share of Retail Food Dollar
The latest Farmer’s Share report released by National Farmers Union January report says dairy farmers received $1.72 for a gallon of fat free milk that retailed at $4.19 and wheat farmers netted just 19-cents of the $2.99 retail price of a loaf of bread. NFU President Roger Johnson says the Farmer’s Share shows the consumer that prices may increase in the grocery store – but the farmer isn’t necessarily receiving extra income. Farmer’s Share is updated by NFU each month.