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Ag Broadcaster Recognized by North Carolina Farm Bureau

Tuesday wrapped up the 78th Annual North Carolina Farm Bureau Convention in Greensboro. Several awards were presented at the Tuesday morning session, including Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison the Communication Award for 2013. NCFB President Larry Wooten:

“We are glad to present Rhonda Garrision our communications award for 2013. We congratulate you for the service you provide not only to the North Carolina Farm Bureau, but to agriculture in the southeastern US. Congratulations and thank you!”

The President’s Award for Excellence was presented to retiring US House Representative Howard Coble.

Farmland Donated to City of Raleigh

A couple has decided to donate a farm valued at nearly $4 million to the city of Raleigh for a nature preserve.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that Bob Kellam and Susan Wyatt have signed an agreement to give the 58-acre farm to the city.
The conservation agreement also calls for part of the land to be used as an environmental education center and an incubator for sustainable farming.

The land includes two ponds and dense woods, along with the farmland.

Pork Checkoff Targeting Hispanic Consumer

The Pork Checkoff has a social media promotion underway – targeting the Hispanic consumer. Titled 21 Days of Christmas Traditions – this effort is underway through December 21st. Pork Checkoff director of multicultural marketing Jose de Jesus says this effort is designed to engage this important market…

“Given the holidays and Hispanic love for pork it was a good combination to do so. The campaign is 21 days of 21 recipes from 21 countries. We will have a different pork recipe from a Latin American country each of 21 days.”

Whistle Blowers Can Now Do So Online

The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that whistleblowers who fear retaliation in the workplace will now be able to file complaints online.
Workers currently can file a written complaint, call the agency or visit a local OSHA office. The new online form provides another option for submitting a complaint.

Complaints are automatically routed to the appropriate regional whistleblower investigators.
Information on employee whistleblower rights, including fact sheets and instructions for submitting a complaint, is available at

25th Joint Commodities Conference Now Taking Reservations

Registration is now open for the 25th Annual Joint Commodities Conference, January 15th through the 17th at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham. With the exception of the Thursday night banquet, the event is free and open to all who wish to learn the latest on profitable corn, soybean, cotton and sorghum production. Preferred group rate reservations are available at the Sheraton through December 18th. For more information or to register for the conference visit .'

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.