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NCDA Soil Sample Turnaround Lessens


The North Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Agronomics lab is catching up on soil samples, and is now offering a two to three week turnaround on samples.  If samples were submitted before November 30th, those reports should be online by February 7th, and samples submitted in December should be completed and the information online by February 10th.  The $4 per fee structure will be in place until Friday, March 31st.  Samples submitted from April 1 through much of November will be processed free of charge.

GAP Workshop Scheduled for Florence

A Good Agricultural Practices, or GAP workshop will be held on Thursday, February 16th from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm in Florence.  This workshop will provide education on Good Agricultural Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices, traceability GAP auditing criteria and more.  This workshop, one of a series being held around the state, is hosted by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, contact them for more information.

Bird Flu Fears Growing

The global spread of bird flu is increasing concerns the viruses will be transferred to humans. Global infections of highly pathogenic avian influenza have reached unprecedented levels.  While the U.S. has escaped much of the recent outbreaks, widespread avian influenza has been confirmed across Europe, Africa and Asia in the last three months. Global health officials are worried another strain could make a jump into humans like H5N1 did in the late 1990s. While there would normally be around two or three bird flu strains recorded in birds at any one time, now there is at least half a dozen, which is prompting concern.

Super Bowl Wing Consumption Estimated to be Up

Americans’ consumption of the unofficial staple of Super Bowl Sunday – the chicken wing – is projected to hit 1.33 billion wings, according to a National Chicken Council (NCC) annual report.

NCC’s 2017 Wing Report estimates that Americans will eat 1.33 billion wings during Super Bowl LI (51) weekend.

To visualize how many wings that is…

If 1.33 billion wings were laid end to end, they would stretch from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. almost 80 times, and those same 1.33 billion wings is enough to circle the Earth almost three times.'

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.