The one crop that seems to have fared the wet cool spring and early summer with a great deal of fanfare is peaches. South Carolina is the number two peach producing state in the country behind California. The State Farmers Market in Columbia will be hosting a peach day this Saturday getting underway at 11:00 am. Peach Day guests will receive a South Carolina grown peach while supplies last.
New ‘Hours Of Service’ Rule Waived For Livestock Agriculture
In a major victory for America’s hog, cattle and poultry farmers, the U.S. Department of Transportation has indicated that it will grant a 90-day waiver of a new hours-of-service rule for drivers transporting livestock and poultry.
Effective July 1, the rule from DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires truck drivers to take a 30-minute rest break for every 8 consecutive hours of service. For drivers hauling livestock, the hours of service would include time loading and unloading animals.
The National Pork Producers Council, along with 13 other livestock, poultry and food organizations, in a letter petitioned the FMCSA for the 90-day waiver and exemption from complying with the new rule. The groups said the regulation would “cause livestock producers and their drivers irreparable harm, as well as placing the health and welfare of the livestock in their care at risk providing no apparent increased benefit to public safety.
Poultry Specialist Looks to Save Millions of Chicks with New Machine
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Poultry Specialist Dr. Craig Coufal has led a team in designing a machine that can sanitize eggs quickly and cheaply without leaving a residue that would damage the cuticle or interfere with the natural development of the embryo. He’s hopeful this egg-sanitizing machine will revolutionize the poultry industry. The U.S. poultry industry incubates about nine-billion eggs each year.
Mission of the Land Grant University Demystified
We’ve all heard the term ‘land grant university’ most of our lives, but what does it really mean? USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture Administrator Sonny Ramaswamy discusses the mission of land grant universities under the 1862 law that led to their establishment.
“There are three expectations in this education. The first one is a foundational knowledge in the humanities of the sciences. The second one is a practical education in agricultural mechanical art. Land grants have a very hands on enterprise.”
Farm Bureau Stands Up for Farmer Privacy
The American Farm Bureau Federation is taking legal action to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from publicly releasing personal information about thousands of farmers and ranchers and their families. The EPA is expected to respond soon to several Freedom of Information Act requests – prompting the organization to file a lawsuit and seek a temporary restraining order. The National Pork Producers Council is joining Farm Bureau in the lawsuit. Farm Bureau says protecting farmers’ and ranchers’ right to privacy is a top priority.