Farm to Institution Informational Meeting


There is a Farm to Institution informational meeting set for Friday, January 29th at the Philips Market Center at the State Farmers Market in West Columbia.  The meeting gets underway at 10:00 am and includes South Carolina Department of Agriculture and the SC Specialty Crop Growers Association.  This will be a ‘brainstorm’ style meeting to learn ways to get fresh produce from the farm into an institutional-like setting such as schools and hospitals.  Please RSVP your intentions to attend by Friday, January 22nd.  For contact info visit SFNToday dot com.

Flue-Cured Tobacco Referendum Coming Up

Flue-Cured tobacco producers are being asked to vote on the continuation of an assessment of 1/5 of a cent per pound for the next three marketing years(2016,2017,2018) to fund the export promotion and expansion program conducted by Tobacco Associates, Inc.  Voting for Wayne County tobacco growers will be held on Wednesday January 27th, 2016 at your local Cooperative Extension Office from 8am to 5pm.  Other information such as the Eligibility to Vote and Sign-in sheet will be available at the voting site.

No New Cases of HPIA Reported Since Sunday

Indiana State Officials say no new cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza were reported since the weekend. Indiana State Board of Animal Health said Sunday that 100 farms tested over 24 hours came back negative. The state says the tests show control measures are working. The outbreak is one of the worst to hit Indiana and containing it could take weeks, according to state officials. Officials are saying the strain appears to be a North American originated strain of HPAI which is not as dangerous as the Asian strain that caused huge losses last year.

Syngenta Shareholders do not Approve ChemChina Deal

While the two companies may be inching closer to an agreement, a group of Syngenta shareholders opposes a merger with ChemChina. The group, according to Bloomberg, told a Swiss newspaper that “one can justifiably ask whether the board has really thought through the consequences of nationalizing Syngenta through a sale to a state-owned enterprise of a communist country.” The group called for the ousting of the Swiss companies leadership at the next annual meeting.

Soy Checkoff Accepting Applications for 2016 ‘See for Yourself Tour’

Meet domestic and international customers, see where soybeans go beyond the elevator and evaluate the work of the soy checkoff. That’s what farmers will experience during the United Soybean Board’s See for Yourself program.
All U.S. soybean farmers over the age of 18 can apply through April 1 by visiting the USB website, The program is tentatively scheduled for August 8-12, 2016.'

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.