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Presidential Declaration for Disaster Assistance for NC Counties Due to July Rains

A few North Carolina counties have been made eligible for disaster assistance due to early summer heavy rains. Earlier this week, President Obama signed an emergency declaration calling for federal aid to supplement state and local efforts in areas affected by ssevere storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides in July in Ashe, Avery Catawba, Lincoln, Watauga and Wilkes Counties.

SC Offers Several Corn Mazes for Fall Family Fun

Today is Halloween, and what a better way to celebrate with your family than visiting a corn maze? South Carolina has several to offer this year, including Denver Downs in Anderson County, Boone Hall Plantation near Charleston, McLeod Farms near Chesterfield, Clinton Sease Farm near Lexington, Bush-n-Vine Farm near York and Strawberry Hill USA near Chesnee. Good clean family fun, and better for the teeth!

Still a Chance for a Farm Bill This Year

There are just four four-day weeks left on this year’s House calendar after this week – yet Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley claims a farm bill can still get done before January. Grassley has been part of many farm bill efforts and knows just how difficult it is to enact a farm bill. And this year’s bid – with wide House-Senate differences especially over food stamp cuts – and just weeks left in this session – could be even tougher…

“I would imagine we would be lucky to get one by Thanksgiving. Its more possible in December, but I think we do get a bill by the end of the year.”

FUELS Act Moves through Committee, Closer to Floor Action

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has approved the Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship – or FUELS – Act. Under the FUELS Act – would ease regulatory burdens and family farmers and ranchers would be exempted from having to develop and implement costly spill containment plans.'

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.