Seed Funding to Save Hemlock Trees Allocated

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler has announced the allocation of seed funding for a new effort to restore North Carolina’s hemlock trees to long-term health.

Hemlocks across Western North Carolina are being decimated by the hemlock woolly adelgid, an insect that sucks the sap of young twigs, which leads to tree death. Dead hemlocks can negatively affect nesting songbirds, trout populations, plant nurseries and landscapers, homeowners and tourism.

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will use $100,000 from the state’s legal settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority to start the Hemlock Restoration Initiative.

Greenville Farmers Market Taking Applications for Spring Booths

Local farmers and vendors have a place to market their products directly to the consumer at the Greenville Farmers Market.  The 2014 opening for daily sales will be April 5th.  For more info on renting a booth contact the Greenville State Farmers Market at 864-244-4023.

Senators Look to Force EPA to Report Job Losses Caused by its Rules

Legislation authored by Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from finalizing any major regulation until the agency analyzes the economic impact of its current regulations. The EPA Employment Impact Analysis Act cites several examples where the National Economic Research Associates reported EPA regulations would result in thousands of job losses. The measure currently has 29 cosponsors

A Beneficial Use for Beer

Grilling and beer always seem to go hand-in-hand, but researchers in Europe have shown that’s the case now more than ever.  Portuguese and Spanish research has shown that grilling meats at a high temperature after marinating for four hours in various types of beer showed a significant reduction in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which in some studies have been associated with increased risk for colorectal cancer. According to the research report, black beer showed the highest inhibitory effect, reducing the formation of PAH by 53 percent, followed by non-alcoholic Pilsner beer at 25 percent reduction (finally, a use for non-alcoholic beer).


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.