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House of Raeford Ceases Turkey Operations to Focus on Chicken

House of Raeford is no longer in the turkey business. Late last week the Raeford, NC plant closed their remaining turkey processing facility, including growing and hatchery operations. In March, House of Raeford announced it was exiting the commodity turkey business to focus on chicken, explaining that phasing out its commodity turkey growing and slaughter operations would allow it to focus its resources on increasing chicken production volumes and expanding its fully cooked turkey and chicken product lines over the next two to three years.

2013 Pesticide Recovery Program Extended

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture announced yesterday that the 2013 Pesticide Recovery Collection Dates have been extended. The additional dates are August 20th at Conway Feed and Grain in Conway, August 21st at Ag Supply on Camden Road in Dalzell and August 22nd at Price’s Country Store on Peach Festival Road in Gilbert. Hours at all locations are 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. For more information on guidelines of materials that may be dropped off, visit our calendar

Word of Planned Hearings Suggests RFS Changes Likely Coming

A Senate Environment Committee aide has told The Hill that the committee will hold a hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard this fall. The House Energy Committee held a two-day hearing on the RFS last week and it was reported that Chairman Fred Upton has directed his staff to draft RFS reform legislation during the August recess. With concerns from Senate Democrats and House Republicans about the rule – some speculate the planned hearings in the Senate indicate changes to the mandate could be coming.

NCBA Continues to Lobby Against COOL

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has never been a fan of Country of Origin Labeling – and the group was disappointed with the final rule issued by USDA in May. Forrest Roberts, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association CEO says that’s because Mexico and Canada are the industry’s best trading partners and they don’t like the rule either…

“What they are telling us is very simple. We feel this is not appropriate and this will ultimately cause retaliation. When that happens, retaliation only hurts one person in the entire supply chain, the beef producer.”

What’s more – he says market research has shown consumers don’t see value in requiring a country-of-origin label. 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.