Recent findings from a three-year survey of nematode samples by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services point to a wider presence of soybean cyst nematode than previously thought. Evidence of this destructive plant pest has now been found in 57 of the state’s 100 counties, up from 52 counties that were previously identified with the pest.
Anson, Catawba, Chatham, Dare and Lincoln counties were added to the list of SCN-positive counties. Dare had been the only county in the eastern part of the state without previous SCN findings.
Ag Secretary Visits South Carolina
On Monday morning, South Carolina’s Ag Commissioner, Hugh Weathers hosted Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue in a roundtable discussion with farmers. One question regarded the potential return of disaster declarations and payments from the federal government. Weathers outlines the ag secretary’s answer:
“In South Carolina, we’ve certainly had our share of it. And the question was asked, he said ‘in this coming farm bill, or in any future legislation, what do you think the chances are of disaster provisions to ever be recreated?’
He looked him straight in the eye and he said, ‘ya’ll know I’m a straight shooter, I don’t think there’s any chance of that. I don’t think there’s any chance of that, we’ve got to count on crop insurance as our safety net.”
Next Rounds of NAFTA Talks are Already Scheduled
The first round of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement wrapped up Sunday, and the next two rounds are already on the schedule. Negotiators will head to Mexico City for the next round of talks September 1-5 and to a yet to be determined location in Canada September 23-27. The quick turnaround likely is a result of an aggressive pace that all three countries’ negotiators have expressed an interest in. Officials have publicly expressed a hoped-for deadline of wrapping negotiations later this year or early next year.