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Ag Summary For December 30

North Carolina based  restaurant chain Firewurst says it is closing its doors following a health report about processed meat.
Media outlets report that after three years and locations in Cary, Raleigh, Morrisville and Apex, the family behind the sausage, burgers and hotdogs restaurant announced Monday that they believe their brand “is not in line with today’s culinary trends and therefore not sustainable.”

In a news release, the Morgenstern family says they were growing this year until they say the World Health Organization’s report about processed meats “seriously diminished” their ability to operate.
The report, released in October, linked eating too much processed meats to cancer.
The company says they aren’t going bankrupt and that all employees will receive a small severance pay.

The director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden hopes a $1 million gift is the start of a fundraising wave to improve the state resource on Clemson University’s campus.
The Anderson Independent-Mail reports (http:// that Mike and Lynn McBride of Simpsonville and their children are giving the money to expand the Children’s Garden.
The gift will pay for finishing the Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant canopy walk in the Children’s Garden, build a duck dock at the pond and provide more programming.
Director Patrick McMillan says it’s the biggest single gift in the garden’s history. The McBride family is challenging others to raise an additional $1 million by May 30 to turn the 295-acre Botanical Garden into a showcase.


Many New England lobstermen are still fishing deep into December because of unseasonably warm weather and an abundance of the critters. But it means many lobstermen who also fish for scallops have yet to transition to scalloping season, and as a result Maine scallops have been slightly more expensive or harder to find this winter. The extra Lobster fishing, meantime, hasn’t done much to change prices.

 The overall quality of the United States’ 2015 corn crop was good, with 94 percent of corn samples samples rated at quality grade No. 2 or better in the U.S. Grains Council’s newly-released  2015/2016 Corn Harvest Quality Report. USGC, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, works collaboratively with NCGA to build demand for U.S. corn.”This is the fifth year of releasing our corn quality reports,” said USGC Chairman Alan Tiemann. “Our objective in compiling and publishing this unique information is to arm our customers with the data they need to make good purchasing decisions – and take advantage of the excellent U.S. crops now available to them.”

– The 4th annual South Carolina AgriBiz and Farm Expo will be held January 13-14, 2016 at the Florence Civic Center, 3300 West Radio Drive, Florence, SC.  This year’s Expo focuses on “Efficiency and Effectiveness on the Farm” and includes educational sessions and a trade show.

New this year, breakfast and lunch at the Expo will feature some of the tasty offerings of the Fresh on the Menu Food Truck Rodeo. Attendees can enjoy food from It’s a Matter of Taste, Big Dawg BBQ, The Donut Guy and Sea Eagle Market seafood. The Food Truck Rodeo will be open daily from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm.

The Taste of South Carolina Event, sponsored by AgSouth, scheduled for Wednesday, January 13, highlights the 2016 Chef Ambassador class, SC commodities including beef, pork, poultry, soybean and peanut, and other Certified SC specialty foods. SC Advocates for Agriculture will host the Commissioner’s Breakfast Thursday, January 14, with proceeds benefitting the Commissioner’s School for Agriculture.