Region’s Fruit and Vegetable Growers Watching Immigration Reform Closely

Fresh, juicy peaches. One of the most delicious things about summer. But South Carolina peach farmer Chalmers Carr explains that without the foreign workers he needs to pick, they’ll never make them to your grocery store.

And keeping viable labor on his farm has been a struggle at times explains Carr:

And if immigration reform is something you’re on the fence about, Carr puts it in simple no-nonsense terms:

South Carolina is the number one peach producing state in the country.

National Pork Board Allocates More Funds to PEDV Research

The National Pork Board has committed an additional 350-thousand dollars toward research, education and coordination of efforts to better understand Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus. When combined with the funding announced in June – the total Pork Checkoff investment is now at 800-thousand. National Pork Board President Karen Richter says this money will increase the potential to eliminate the disease…

The virus was first identified in U.S. swine herds in mid-May. As of mid-July – 346 cases of PEDV have been confirmed in 14 states, with several locations in North Carolina. Transportation of sows and market hogs can be a major risk factor in the spread of PEDV. A core team of pork producers, veterinarians, packers and processors is now being developed to refine the biosecurity approach – specifically for the transportation challenge.

National Corn Growers Wants You

NCGA is seeking applications from members interested in working on an NCGA action team or committee in the 2014 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. This service provides growers an opportunity to play an active role in shaping the future of their industry and to become a part of the national agricultural leadership community.

Positions are available on all teams and committees: CornPAC, Ethanol Committee, Grower Services Action Team, Production and Stewardship Action Team, Public Policy Action Team, Research and Business Development Action Team and Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team. Positions are also available on the Corn Board standing committees, which are the Bylaws Committee and Nominating Committee.

Qualified applicants must be a NCGA member or prospective member and/or contribute to their state checkoff program. Deadline for receipt of applications in the state corn association offices, is August 30. For an application or information contact your state corn growers association. 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.