NC Team Takes Home First in FAA Competition

Bartlett Yancey FFA of North Carolina were first place winners of the National FFA Environmental and Natural Resources Career Development Event (CDE) announced recently at the annual awards banquet during the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

The National FFA Environmental and Natural Resources CDE is a competitive event that allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. This event focuses on testing students' problem solving and decision making skills in environmental and natural resources. These areas concentrate on soil profiles, water and air quality, waste management, environmental analysis, and use of global positioning units. The team consisted of Richard Holt, Kraig Turner, Anna Blackwell, and Samantha Elkins.

The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event.

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AFBF’s New Labor Program Offers Incentives to Illegals

The American Farm Bureau Federation is advocating a new plan to fix the labor problem plaguing U.S. agriculture. AFBF Labor Specialist Kristi Boswell says the program offers incentives for illegal farm workers to become legal workers…

“There is more incentive for a worker under this program to come out of the shadows if they are currently here or to come across and have more flexibility in being able work for multiple registered employers, either under contract or at will. It gives them more choices in this situation, if they are not happy at one farm they can move to another.”

ABC News Asks Federal Court to Dismiss BPI Lawsuit

ABC News has asked a South Dakota federal court to dismiss claims it defamed Beef Products Inc. through reports about lean finely textured beef – labeling it pink slime. BPI initiated the lawsuit in September – and ABC News says the company is seeking to inhibit to free speech – challenging the right of a news organization to explore matters of obvious public interest. BPI – the nation’s largest producer of LFTB – is seeking 400-million dollars in compensatory damages for lost profit it says was caused by ABC’s reports. The news organization defends its use of the term pink slime – saying it’s the sort of loose, figurative or hyperbolic language courts recognize demands protection under the First Amendment. Eventually, ABC’s coverage closed two BPI plants and put 600 people out of work.

American Soybean Association Weighs in on GMO Soybeans Exported to the EU

The American Soybean Association has weighed in on possible U.S.-EU Free Trade talks. ASA wants biotech and other trade issues front and center. The U.S. soybean industry has seen a 44-percent drop in value and 70-percent drop in volume of its EU-bound exports from 1998 through last year. Soybeans are the nation’s largest farm export at 26-billion dollars last year – but they face alleged discriminatory biotech labeling requirements and renewable energy standards. ASA Incoming President Danny Murphy…

“Bio tech labeling and approvals process is so slow over there. Also, the RED, has cut off some exports of soy bean oil that we would have had otherwise over there.”

SC Farm Bureau’s 5th Annual Big Show Set

The 5th annual Big Farm Show is coming up later this month. Vendors of agricultural products and services as well as state and federal agencies will be exhibiting under the Pavilion at Kingston Plantation at Myrtle Beach on November 29th and 30th.
The Show will be open various hours throughout the SC Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting and is also open to the public. Admission if FREE.

Hours of the show are:

Thursday, Nov. 29 8 pm – 10 pm
Friday, Nov. 30 8 am – 3:30 pm

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