NCDA Responds to Gun Show Accidental Shooting with New Rules

Some new rules will be in place for a gun show this weekend at the State Fairgrounds after an incident in January — where a gun accidentally discharged. State Agriculture Department spokesman Brian Long says those who bring guns on the property for sale or trade will be required to enter through Gate 4.

“We are also asking that they not have their gun in a case and that it be open, the action and the barrel be open. No magazines or bullets should be in the gun.”

Long says there will also be stepped up efforts to make sure no gun sales occur in the parking lot. Similar rules will also apply at the Western North Carolina Ag Center in Fletcher which is also operated by the Ag Department.

Port of Charleston Sees Increased Business

Container volume through the Port of Charleston increased almost 8 percent last month compared to January of last year.

The board of the South Carolina State Ports Authority was also told Tuesday that volume for the first seven months of the fiscal year that began on July 1 is up more than 11 percent. 

Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome said that in the fiscal year to date, non-containerized cargo is up about 30 percent at South Carolina's ports. Most raw agricultural exports are non-containerized. 

Duke Energy Asking for More Money…Again

North Carolina regulators have started a series of hearings into a request by Duke Energy to raise electricity bills by almost 10 percent for nearly 2 million customers of Progress Energy Carolinas. 

Progress Energy Carolinas wants to increase electric rates by an average of 9.7 percent, an amount estimated to raise another nearly $390 million. The company says it needs the rate increase to recover money it has already invested in new cleaner, more efficient power plants.

Boll Weevil Eradication Assessment Rate Stays the Same

The board of the Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation of North Carolina voted to keep the boll weevil assessment rate at 70 cents per acre of cotton for 2013. That amount is the same as it was for 2012. 

The fee supports the foundation’s efforts to monitor cotton acreage for any re-introduction of the boll weevil, which was eradicated in the state in 1986, and to respond promptly with eradication treatments if necessary. 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.