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2013 Advocates of Agriculture Named

Five South Carolinians who have worked to support and promote South Carolina’s agricultural industry, recently received special recognition by the South Carolina Advocates for Agriculture during the Advocates for Agriculture annual meeting. The following people were honored for their efforts to help agriculture thrive. The Lifetime Achievement Award in Agribusiness went to Laurie Lawson, Advocate of the Year; Private Sector went to SCFB’s David Winkles, Advocate of the Year; Public Sector went to District 46 Representative Gary Simrill, and Resolutions for Work with Advocates for Agriculture went to Beth Crocker & Trent Rushton.

Renewable Energy Field Day Set

On Wednesday, September 4th NC State Researchers at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station in Mills River will host a field day demonstrating how North Carolina’s researchers are working towards meeting the state’s renewable fuel and energy goals from the perspectives of the grower, researcher, industry representative and manufacturer. The field day is free and open to the public. There will be tours of research plots and processing equipment demonstration, and cover topics such as the science of cellulosic fuel production, production of energy grasses, cultural management of bioenergy crops, and much, much more. The field day gets under way at 12:30 with registration, tours start at 1:00 pm and wrap up around 5:00.

What Lack of Immigration Reform Could Mean to Farming

A Southeastern Blueberry farmer, Jason Berry talks about what it could mean if immigration reform doesn't happen:

“If comprehensive immigration reform is not passed, and we are not given the opportunity to have a workable guest worker program, I think we will continue to see farms in Georgia reduce their size and output, and reduce money coming into the economy.”


Nation’s Largest Retailer Hosts Summit to Sour US Manufacturing

Hundreds of government officials and suppliers met last week hoping to spark more products being made in the United States. The sumit was hosted by Wal-Mart. Spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan:

“We are trying to convene both government and business to set up the opportunity for companies to find locations in different states to bring the manufacturing back to.”

The economic impact is expected to be swift and huge:

“The commitments will inject $70 million dollars in factory growth and add 1000 jobs from this summit alone. We have announcements from companies like GE and NoNonsense.” is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.