Cumberland County Horse Fifth EEE Death This Summer

North Carolina has lost five horses this summer to Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE, the most recent on Wednesday in Cumberland County, also the third for Cumberland County. EEE is a very rare, but serious disease that can result in lengthy illness, disability or even death for horses and other equine. The disease is spread by mosquitoes, which due to the rain are prolific this year. The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association is urging all horse owners to check with their vet to make sure that their horses are properly vaccinated for both EEE and West Nile Virus.

2013 Pesticide Recovery Program Extended

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture announced yesterday that the 2013 Pesticide Recovery Collection Dates have been extended. The additional dates are August 20th at Conway Feed and Grain in Conway, August 21st at Ag Supply on Camden Road in Dalzell and August 22nd at Price’s Country Store on Peach Festival Road in Gilbert. Hours at all locations are 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. For more information on guidelines of materials that may be dropped off, visit our calendar. 

HSUS Campaigning for Removal of Farm Bill Provision

The Humane Society of the United States wants to ensure the final farm bill does not include the provision that would prohibit states from regulating the sale of farm products from other states due to objections about how they were produced. The provision was sponsored by Iowa Representative Steve King – and HSUS is launching a major campaign to urge conferees to remove it from the final piece of legislation.

NASS Gathering Data for Highly Anticipated Crop Production Report

USDA’s upcoming crop production report is one of the most anticipated of the year. That’s because it’s the first report that uses survey-based information. Folks at USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service are currently gathering information for the August 12th report. Joe Prusacki – Director of the NASS Statistics Division – says there are two basic surveys going on…

“One survey is called the ‘Ag Yield Survey’ where we interview farmers and ask them their opinion on what the crop yields will be. At the same time NASS is doing our ‘Objective Yield Survey’ where we are laying out plots of soybeans, cotton, corn and wheat to get an assessment of what is going on in the field.”

Prusacki says NASS is evaluating 960 corn plots, more than 900 soybean plots and more than 600 cotton plots. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.