South Carolina’s three state farmers’ markets; Columbia, Pee Dee, and Midlands, have scheduled their 2013 spring flower festivals. The Pee Dee Plant & Flower Festival will be April 11 through the 14th at the Pee Dee State Farmers’ Market in Florence. The Midlands Plant & Flower Festival will be April 18 through the 21st at the State Farmers’ Market in Columbia, and the Piedmont Plant & Flower Festival will be May 2nd through the 5th at the Greenville State Farmers’ Market in Greenville. There will be special events going on at each of the markets during their festival. To learn more visit www.agriculture.sc.gov.
OIG: Checkoff Audit Finds No Evidence of Wrongdoing
A recently completed audit by the Office of the Inspector General of the beef checkoff has determined that the $52 million program is operating according to law and USDA regulations. Specifically addressing allegations that beef checkoff funds may have been misused, the authors of the report said, they found no evidence to support that the board’s activities did not comply with legislation, and AMS guidelines and policies.
Bill Bullard, CEO of R-CALF USA says the OIG findings are contradictory by calling for further protections – but also saying the checkoff program is working and there are no problems with the Cattlemen Beef Board’s administering of it…
“They found nothing wrong with the way the Cattleman’s Beef Association were administering the program, but at the same time they said they recommended that they increase their oversight program.”
The Cattleman’s Beef Board administers the beef check off and R-CALF USA receives no check off dollars.
Growers Can Now Enter National Corn Yield Contest Online
Online entry for the 2013 National Corn Yield Contest is now open. Farmers can quickly and easily submit all necessary entry forms and take advantage of the special early entry discount using the online format. Entry fees are reduced to 80-dollars until June 15th.
Registration Open for 2013 Tobacco Forum
Online registration is now available for the 2013 US Tobacco Forum on June 13 and 14th at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Conference Center in Durham. For a link to registration and hotel reservations, visit our calendar. The agenda for the forum has yet to be finalized.