SC Soybean Farmers Supporting Their Number 1 Customer at Sunbelt

South Carolina Soybean Board will be adding some fun to the 2013 Sunbelt Agriculture Expo in Moultrie, GA. At the Clemson University building October 15-17 view the 9-foot tall CANstruction chicken representing the number 1 customer for SC soybeans. Following the Expo, the cans will provide 4,000 meals for families in need.

Each year, animal agriculture in South Carolina demands 538,000 tons of soybean meal or 23 million bushels of soybeans. Animal ag also contributes $2.2 billion in revenue to the state’s economy and supports 16,000 jobs. SC soybean farmers see the importance of supporting their number 1 customer and promoting animal agriculture in new and creative ways.

Inland SC Port Now Open

South Carolina's more-than $50 million inland port near Greer is now operating.
State Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome says that the facility began handling shipments this week to and from BMW which operates an assembly plant in Greer.

The facility was built to provide a direct rail link between the Upstate and the ports on the coast.

The inland port will start serving other customers next month and construction will continue through the end of the year.

On Tuesday, the Ports Authority board approved an additional $2.7 million to complete the work.

Consumer Confidence in Food Safety Hits New Low

Consumer confidence in the safety of food and beverages reached a five-year low, according to Multi-sponsor Surveys’ Study of Clean Food & Beverage labels.

The survey was conducted in early summer and took a national sample of 2,100 adults. Only one in six adults expressed a “great deal” of confidence in food safety, whereas one in four adults expressed a “great deal” of confidence in 2008.

Adults were also asked to rate their most pressing concerns about food safety. The safety of imported foods ranked highest, followed by exposure to pesticides on food, exposure to food-borne pathogens like E. coli and salmonella, and use of antibiotics or growth hormones in livestock.

US Now Top Oil Producer

The United States has dethroned Saudi Arabia as the "king of crude." It is now the world's biggest oil producer according to the energy consultant group PIRA. Spokesman Mark Schwartz says one particular factor is most responsible for this:

“US production has skyrocketed over the last several years and the biggest single driver is the growth in shale liquids production.”

Final Year for the Pork Chop Shop at the NC State Fair

The N.C. Pork Council (NCPC) has announced that it will be closing its popular Pork Chop Shop (PCS) after the upcoming N.C. State Fair, although the pork industry plans to continue its strong commitment to the fair.

According to the NCPC, the Pork Chop Shop has been an unqualified success in its mission to serve a hefty menu of pork products to thousands of people each year. Over its 25 years, the shop expanded in size, relied on up to 220 volunteers per year and served chopped barbecue, pork loin sandwiches and hot dogs to as many as 16,000 people each fall.

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.