Grain Sorghum Field Day Scheduled
NC State Extension has scheduled a grain sorghum field day on Wednesday, October 9th at the Upper Coastal Plain Research Station near Rocky Mount. Topics scheduled to be covered include weed control and spacing, sorghum fertility, planting wheat after sorghum as well as sorghum variety trials. The event starts with registration at 4:30 and concludes with dinner at 7:00 pm. There is no cost and registration is not required.
SC’s Inland Port Set to Open in October
Despite losing more than two months of work to rain, officials say South Carolina's new inland port near Greer should be operational next month.
State Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome told the authority board that data tests will begin Friday with the computers that will be used to track shipments through the $25 million facility.
ObamaCare Could be Tough on Farmers
Farmers and ranchers are a very small group – and with the Affordable Care Act – they have difficult decisions ahead. For those with 50 employees or less – U.S. Senator Mike Johanns of Nebraska says producers have told him they have to decide if they will provide healthcare to their employees or put food on the table for their own families…
“It’s a tough road under the individual mandate there is a penalty under Obama Care. Initially that penalty is pretty small, but they are likely to grow. It leaves people in a difficult position.”
Johanns says the President extended the deadline for businesses – but not for individuals – leaving a rough road ahead for those individuals trying to decide what to do for their families’ insurance needs.
US & Mexico Streamline Border Food Safety
The U.S. and Mexico have agreed to streamline border inspection and strengthen cooperation on food safety health issues, as discussed during the recent Working Meeting of the U.S.-Mexico Consultative Committee on Agriculture (CCA). CCA participants discussed the need to create a working group to standardize certification procedures for organic products. This would equalize those procedures between both countries, such that the Mexican food quality “seal” is recognized in the United States.