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Avian Influenza Meetings Underway this Week

Avian Influenza meeting across the state for small flock and backyard flock owners get underway tomorrow, hosted by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.  Tuesday’s meeting will be at the Guilford County Center in Greensboro, then Wednesday’s meeting will be in Monroe at the Union County Center, and on Friday, the Nash County Center in Nashville.  All meetings are from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Please register online :

Pee Dee REC the Place to Be on September 10th

Clemson’s Pee Dee Research & Education Center near Florence will host a farm field day on Thursday, September 10th from 8:00 am until 2:30 pm.  Crops to be reviewed are soybeans, sorghum bioenergy crops, peanuts as well as a UAV demo, and more.  A vegetable growers meeting will get underway at 2:00 pm, also at the Pee Dee REC.  And also, on the same day at the same location, there will also be a pesticide collection area that will accept unwanted or unused pesticides from 7:45 until 2:45.  

Honeybee Health Goes High Tech

Microsensors may be the key to solving the mystery behind the collapse of honeybee colonies. Australian researchers have said they have attached tiny, top-of-the-line trackers to about 10,000 healthy honeybees in an effort to find out what is driving a decline in the pollinators’ global population. The experiment, supported by an international group of scientists, farmers, beekeepers, and tech companies, is the latest to use tracking and tagging technology to study animal behavior and responses to stimuli. The bee backpacks are the latest innovation in a series of high-tech tracking devices and sensors designed to both study and protect declining animal populations.'

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.