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Federal Disaster Assistance Approved for February Storm

The White House approved  on Wednesday South Carolina’s request for federal disaster relief after last month’s storm that caused more than $430 million in damage.

The declaration means federal funding is available to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged between Feb. 10 and Feb. 14.

The storm left up to an inch of ice that snapped trees and branches across a wide swath of the state and dumped up to 8 inches of snow in the Upstate.

Farm Bill meetings Scheduled for Cotton Farmers

Several informational meetings are scheduled in North & South Carolina as well as Virginia to educate cotton farmers on the effects the new farm bill will have for them.  Two meetings in North & South Carolina are scheduled for March 17, 18, and 19th, and one for Virginia on March 17th.  

Search is On for 2014 Farm Mom of the Year

Monsanto Company will again recognize the efforts of farm moms with the America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest. Nominations are now open. Anyone can nominate their favorite farm mom between now and March 31st. To nominate a farm mom for a chance to win up to 10-thousand dollars – visit Americas Farmers dot com ( and submit a brief essay that explains how the nominee contributes to her family, farm, community and agriculture. Last year’s recipient was Betty Rosson, of Quaker Hill Farm in Louisa, Virginia

NPB and Others Intensify Funding to Fight PEDv

The National Pork Board announced Tuesday more than $1 million in additional funding to fight the further spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, which has spread to 26 states since it was first reported in May 2013.

The funds for new research are made up of $650,000 through supplemental funding approved by the Pork Checkoff at last week’s board meeting and $500,000 through a new agreement with Genome Alberta, the board said in a news release.

The new project also will align swine, feed and veterinary groups to bring an even higher level of collaboration in the fight against the disease.'

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.