Stink Bug Damage Still a Threat to NC Cotton
NC State Extension Entomologist Jack Bacheler writes in his latest column in North Carolina Crops that Stink bugs remain a potential threat in many areas of the state, both because of the generally late crop and high proportion of susceptible bolls, and due to high stink bug populations. Bacheler recommends opening 1” bolls to determine if spray is needed.
SC Market Bulletin 100 Years Old
South Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Market Bulletin is celebrating 100 years this month. The Market Bulletin, started by then ag commissioner E.J. Watson in the summer of 1913, was to help farmers capture more of the local market and keep more of their dollars in the community by having an immediate channel of trade. Because of the work of the Bureau of Marketing, corn farmers could arrange to sell carload lots directly to the mills and dealers could find markets within the state for their products. The Bulletin was created as a clearinghouse to help link buyers and sellers, and remains one of the most important parts of the SCDA’s mission. The bulletin was originally a part of The State newspaper, but quickly became a stand-alone publication.
New EPA Administrator Wants to Strengthen Relationship with Agriculture
Newly-appointed Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy has pledged to build trust with farmers. Speaking to Iowa farmers – McCarthy made a commitment that at the end of her term there will be a stronger, more productive, more trusting relationship between EPA and the agriculture community. She said that would benefit her, benefit farmers and make the country stronger.
New EPA Mandated Labels Protecting Bees Considered a Good Thing
New EPA pesticide labeling requirements are about protecting honeybees and other pollinators that have died in droves in recent years – causing billions in losses to beekeepers and growers of fruits, vegetables and flowers.
New EPA-required labels – due by September 30th – prohibit use of some pesticides where bees are present. American Farm Bureau Public Policy Director Dale Moore says that may be a good thing…
“EPA has been working with the chemical registrants and working with us in agriculture. We are hopeful that this provides a little extra measure of protection and eliminates one possible cause of whats happening to honey bees around the world.”