High Path AI Discovered in Indiana

High Path AI Discovered in Indiana


Friday Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that avian influenza, which devastated poultry operations around the country in 2015, was discovered on an Indiana farm…

“We want to encourage folks to be ever-vigilant on the biosecurity side if their own operations, and we’re hoping to contain this as best we can in a very limited way.  We were aware that this could happen, we were hoping that it wouldn’t but we want to be as responsive as we can to contain it as best we can.”

NC Public Development Seminar Offered

The North Carolina Farm Bureau along with NC State’s College of Ag and Life Sciences is offering a NC Public Leadership Development Seminar on February 17th and 18th ad the NCFB offices on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh.  The seminar will focus on understanding critical issues facing North Carolina agriculture.  Cost is $150.  For more information visit SFNToday dot com for contact information.  Curtis Hayes 919-782-1705, Curtis.hayes@ncfb.org.

SCFB’s Y&FR Conference Set

The South Carolina Farm Bureau is hosting their 2016 Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference on February 5th and 6th at Clemson University.  Farmers, ranchers, agribusiness professionals and ag enthusiast between the ages of 18 and 35 from across the state will work on educational, networking and leadership development.  For more information visit SFNToday dot com for a link.  http://scfb.org/programs/young-farmer-rancher-program/yf-r-leadership-conference

Several Weather Disasters in 2015

2015 was a record year for disasters, but not as expensive as other years explains USDA Meterologist Brad Rippey:

“NOAA has been tracking billion dollar disasters since about 1980, and over that course of the last 36 years, there have been 188 billion dollar disasters in the United States, which averages to just over five per year.

In 2015 for a variety reasons, which include the ongoing drought in California, and the El Nino bringing more extreme weather, we saw twice that number.  Fortunately, when you add up the total dollar count for 2015 it’s going to be below some of these other years that had these big spikes.”


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.