Abnormally Dry Conditions Return to North Carolina
In the latest Drought Monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center on Thursday, two areas of abnormally dry conditions have returned to the Tar Heel State, one across the Virginia border across Warren, North Hampton and Halifax Counties, and the other across the southern two-thirds of Brunswick County to the south, equally 2.66% of the state. North Carolina has been drought free for most of the summer.
South Carolina Moving Closer to Drought Free Status
That stubborn little smidge of abnormally dry conditions, as reported in the weekly Drought Monitor, released by the Drought Mitigation Center on Thursday, has finally been reduced to .02 percent. South Carolina has been all but drought free for weeks, with the exception of that little area along the Georgia border in Aiken County.
Ag Secretary Perdue Talk about FFA/AFBF Memorandum of Understanding
Earlier this week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue addressed a gathering of FFA leaders, and talked about the recent Memo of Understanding between the FFA Organization and the American Farm Bureau:
Clovis Nomination Sent to the Senate
The White House has sent the U.S. Senate the president’s nomination of Sam Clovis to a top Department of Agriculture post. The Senate confirmed this week it received President Trump’s nomination of Clovis as the USDA undersecretary for research, education and economics. The nomination is coming under some scrutiny, as Senate Agriculture top Democrat Debbie Stabenow questioned his merits to serve as the USDA chief scientist, and his comments against crop insurance. In 2013, Clovis commented that he thought crop insurance was unconstitutional.