Abnormally Dry Conditions in the Palmetto State Abate

In the latest drought monitor for South Carolina released Thursday morning for conditions through January 27th, the state’s abnormally dry conditions improved from 3.18% of the state experiencing abnormally dry conditions last week, to just over 1% this week.  Dryness along the coast has abated, but two areas in the stat remain; in Aiken and Edgefield Counties along the Georgia border, and Oconee County along the Tennessee border.  The remainder of the state is drought free.

North Carolina’s Abnormally Dry Conditions Increase

Abnormally dry conditions in North Carolina as reported Thursday morning for conditions through January 27th increased slightly this week from 9:86% last week to 10.62% this week.  Two persistent problem areas remain:  the upper central Piedmont, and the southwest corner of the state.  The increase in abnormally dry conditions is in the Piedmont region, with the persistent area inching west, now including Alleghany County and eastern Iredell County.

North Carolina A & T Student Chosen for USDA Forum

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the selection of 30 university students to attend USDA’s 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum titled “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century” to be held Feb. 19-20, 2015 in Arlington, Va. Twenty university juniors and seniors were chosen based on an essay sharing their thoughts on “Agriculture as a Career.” Recipients include Rycal Blount, of North Carolina A&T State University.

Poultry vet says industry needs to ‘get a handle’ on antibiotics use

Chuck Hofacre laments that the questions he gets from reporters about the food animal industry’s use of antibiotics — such as the doozy about how it gobbles up 80 percent of all antibiotics — are clearly misinformed, but he doesn’t really have the data to help set them straight. No one does, he adds.

The director of clinical services at University of Georgia’s Poultry Diagnostic & Research Center says that until the industry knows how much antibiotics are being used and how they’re being used, such inaccurate claims will continue to persist in the minds of consumers.


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.