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Farm Bill

Late Thursday, the US House, in a largely party-line vote approved HR 2622, a bill that continues agriculture programs for five years, essentially a farm bill that excludes food stamps and other nutrition programs, addressing farm programs only. The vote was 216 to 208.

Administration Opposes New FARRM Act

The Administration is strongly opposed to H.R. 2642. The Statement of Administration Policy released by the Office of Management and Budget notes the Administration has had inadequate time to fully review the text of the 608 page bill – but states it's apparent the bill doesn't contain sufficient commodity and crop insurance reforms and doesn't invest in renewable energy.

AFA Student Advisory Team in North Carolina

The Agriculture Future of America’s national Student Advisory Team is in North Carolina through Saturday visiting several agribusinesses and meeting with state and regional ag leaders to gain insight and share the AFA message. The nine-member team will meet with executives of Caterpillar, BASF, Bayer CropScience and Syngenta. AFA’s mission is to create partnerships that identify, encourage and support outstanding college men and women who are preparing for careers in the agriculture and food industry. With student participation increasing 70 percent in the last five years, AFA leader development programs have impacted 9,000 college leaders and young professionals from more than 200 colleges and universities throughout 43 states since its inception in 1996.

Commissioner’s School of Agriculture Underway Next Week

The South Carolina Commissioner School of Agriculture gets underway on the 20th at Clemson University. This year 38 high school juniors and seniors from South Carolina and four other states will be in attendance for the week-long school. This year’s curriculum includes stream assessment activity, a forestry study, an organic farm tour, a peach farm tour and more. since the school started 10 years ago more than 300 students have taken part. The school is a partnership between SCDA and Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences.

Beef Checkoff Joins Health, Fitness Enthusiasts at Workout in the Park

The Beef Checkoff’s new consumer advertising campaign reaches out to consumers with messages about beef choices they know and love – says Beef Checkoff Domestic Consumer Preference Committee Chair Cevin Jones – while communicating how beef is a nutrition powerhouse with great flavor. 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.