Spring Pesticide Collection and Disposal Underway


The spring pesticide collection and disposal schedule is underway with Currituck County scheduled for Saturday, April 8th, with an inclement weather date of Saturday, April 16th.  The county is offering two locations; one on the mainland from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm then an island location on Corolla from 9:00 am until noon.  Contact your local extension office for parameters and guidelines regarding disposable materials, containers, labels and such. 

National Forecast Calling for Precipitation Dropping Off

USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, with the long-range weather forecast for the east coast:

“Looking ahead, which is conveniently the first seven days of March, we are looking for near-normal temperatures expected across the eastern United States.  In terms of precipitation patterns March 1st through the 7th, a lot of the country, near to below normal precipitation.”    

Vilsack Offers Explanation to Cottonseed Designation Request

Secretary Tom Vilsack has outlined why he says cotton cannot be designated as an oilseed to be included under certain farm safety-net programs. The cotton industry asked USDA to consider the designation to allow cotton producers—who are facing a dismal market—access to the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage payment programs. Vilsack says such a designation is not authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill. In his explanation, Vilsack says “The Farm Bill expressly removed eligibility of cotton for such payments, as cotton is no longer listed as a covered commodity,” adding that “the Farm Bill intended to exclude cotton from ARC and PLC payments and USDA was provided with clear direction that it would not be included nor covered.”

Cost Share Program for Cotton Gins Being Discussed

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at a House Agriculture Committee hearing, saying that with Congressional approval, USDA could possibly develop a cotton ginning cost share program to help cotton farmers:

“We would establish a cost/share program.  We would have a discussion, obviously, about the percentage of the cost/share.  In my discussions with some member of congress, we suggested a 50% cost/share, which would be about $150 million, could be more than that.  And we would establish, and go to OMB for permission and authority to get this set up, and we would try to get it set up as quickly as possible, and provide resources to the producers or the gins, depending on how…we need to structure it in a way that it does not create any trade implications that would be negative to the industry.”

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.