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NC Senate Passes Legislation to Repeal Renewable Energy Program

Earlier this week, legislation was introduced into the North Carolina Senate to end North Carolina’s six-year-old renewable energy program. North Carolina is the only state in the country with a provision in its renewable energy standard that requires energy to be produced from both hog waste and chicken waste. Opponents argued the cost of producing green energy is too high, costing rate payers more. But, hog farmers and the North Carolina Pork Council were against the repeal. Summer Lanier of Prestige Farms:

“It completely eliminated our need for foreign diesel fuel at that feed mill. It also efficiently produces electricity that we would then sell back to the grid.” 

The legislation to repeal the renewable energy standard passed the NC Senate on Wednesday.

Clemson Hosting Cattlemen’s Boot Camp

 There’s still time to get involved in the Cattlemen’s Boot Camp hosted by the American Angus Association at Clemson University. The seminar is of interest to academic and industry professionals, as well as cattlemen raising all breeds of cattle. The two-day event gets underway on June 3rd at the Poole Ag Center on the Clemson University Campus. Registration fee is $75 and deadline to sign up is May 20th. No walk-in registrations will be allowed. For more info, visit our calendar

New Report on Bee Health Released

In October 2012, a National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health, led by federal researchers and managers, along with Pennsylvania State University, was convened to synthesize the current state of knowledge regarding the primary factors that scientists believe have the greatest impact on managed bee health.

The parasitic Varroa mite is recognized as the major factor underlying colony loss in the U.S. and other countries. There is widespread resistance to the chemicals beekeepers use to control mites within the hive. New virus species have been found in the U.S. and several of these have been associated with Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).U.S. honeybee colonies need increased genetic diversity.

Virginia Mom Named America’s Farmers Mom of the Year for Southeast

Betty Rosson, Louisa, Va., has been named Monsanto’s 2013 America’s Farmers Mom of the Year regional winner for the Southeast. One of five regional winners, Rosson was selected by judges from American Agri-Women and Monsanto in recognition of the contributions she makes to her family, farm, community and the agricultural industry. Along with the four other regional winners, Rosson’s nomination will be featured on  through May 11, where online voting will determine the national winner. 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.