Small Area of Abnormally Dry Conditions Stubbornly Hanging On


That one-tenth of one percent of abnormally dry conditions continues to stubbornly hang on in South Carolina.  The state has been all but drought free for almost three months now, but in Aiken County, along the Georgia border, a small area remains in abnormally dry conditions.  This is a vast improvement since the beginning of the year when almost 75% of the state was in some type of drought.

Blacklands Cotton Field Day Set

The date for the Blackland Cotton Field Day has been set for September 21st, at Southland Farms in Belhaven.  The event will get underway at 8:00 am with registration, followed by presentations and plot tours, concluding with a lunch.  Agenda includes presentations by Dr. Keith Edmiston, Dr. Guy Collins, Dr. Alan York, Dr. Dominic Reisig, and Hyde County Ag Agent Andrea Gibbs.  For more information contact the Hyde County Extension office.

Veterinarians in Washington to Talk About a Vaccine Bank

Swine veterinarians from across the country are in Washington, D.C., this week to tell lawmakers about the consequences of a Foot-And-Mouth Disease outbreak in the nation’s herds. They’re urging lawmakers to establish an offshore vaccine bank to help quickly control and eradicate the disease in the event of an outbreak. 23 veterinarians are making Capitol Hill visits as part of the Swine Veterinarian Public Policy Advocacy Program, put on by the National Pork Producers Council. The NPPC’s top goal in the 2018 Farm Bill is creating a robust FMD vaccine bank.

Germany Pork Consumption at 11 Year Low

Pork consumption in Germany has fallen to an 11 year low, as the nation is cutting back on the world-recognized Bratwurst and hot dogs in favor for more vegetables. Bloomberg News reports Germans last year consumed the smallest amount of pork since at least 2005, and the drop will continue in 2017. Pork still accounts for more than half the meat eaten in Europe’s top economy, but pork is losing market share to poultry and beef and competing more with vegetarian options at shops and restaurants. The shift, according to researchers, reflects changing German attitudes about healthier diets and climate-friendly, sustainable food production. Over the same period, demand has increased in neighboring Poland, France and Austria.

Nebraska Ag Director Being Considered for USDA Under Secretary

Nebraska Agriculture Director Greg Ibach (eye-bah) is said to be in the running for a top post at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Politico reports that several unnamed sources say Ibach is being considered, which would put yet another Midwestern farmer at the top of the department. Ibach has led the Nebraska Agriculture Department since 2005.

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.