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Booth Space Still Available for the SC Agribiz & Farm Expo

There are still a few booths available for the South Carolina Agribiz and Farm Expo on January 16 and 17 at the Florence Civic Center in Florence. To learn more call 843-230-9061 or email Brandie Hayes at

Tobacco Production Meetings Scheduled Around the State

Cooperative Extension offices around the state are hosting a Tobacco Production and GAP meetings beginning January 7th in Martin County at the Martin County Farmers’ Market in Williamston getting underway at 10:00 am. The next meeting will be at the Wayne County Extension Center in Goldsboro, also getting underway at 10:00 am, followed by Wilson and Johnston Counties on the 9th. For a tobacco contract holder, attending at least one meeting this winter is required to maintain GAP certification in tobacco production. This certificate will be available at all meetings, some are also offering Pesticide credits. For more information on a meeting near you, visit or our website for a complete listing.

Senators Pose Concern About House Farm Bill Provision to Senate Ag Committee

Thirteen senators have written a letter to Senate Ag Committee leaders about concerns regarding the Sound Science Act provision in the House Farm Bill. Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey says this provision would stifle high-quality science and decision-making across the federal government – and undermine protections for public health, safety and the environment.

A section of this provision would even require federal agencies to have guidelines to ensure and maximize the quality, objectivity, utility and integrity of scientific information the agencies rely on. These 13 Senators believe the provision would block federal scientists from using new techniques and technology, prevent the use of standard scientific tools and open the door for lawsuits from special interest groups.

Duke of Cambridge to Take Custom Ag Course

Kensington Palace reports Prince William – the Duke of Cambridge – will take a 10-week agricultural management course at the University of Cambridge in the beginning of January. The Palace says the course is custom-designed for Prince William to provide him with an understanding of current issues that affect agricultural business and rural communities in the United Kingdom. The goal of the course is to give him a foundation when he takes over the Duchy of Cornwall – a major agricultural operation – from Prince Charles once he becomes King.'

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.