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Savannah River Shipping Channel Project Mired in Studies

Georgia and South Carolina will spend $748,000 in the coming year to move forward with a proposed joint shipping terminal on the Savannah River, but local officials hungry for the jobs a new port would create complain the neighboring states are dragging their feet.

The board overseeing the $3.3 billion project approved just enough funding Monday for additional studies and consulting work in the coming fiscal year. That's after an economic analysis concluded a shipping terminal based in Jasper County, S.C., downriver from Savannah would have a net value of $1.2 billion by 2040.

Pork Checkoff Updates PQA Plus Program

Since its introduction in 1989 – the voluntary Pork Quality Assurance Plus program has continued to evolve. Bill Winkelman – Pork Checkoff Vice President of Producer and Industry Relations – says that includes the latest update to PQA Plus…

“With the announcement of We Care and those six ethical principles, we wanted to make sure that PQA was fully supportive and dealt with each of those areas. One of the things that producers will see in the education offering now is that alignment between We Care and PQA.”

Accusations Fly in Regards to House’s Failure to Pass Farm Bill

Advice as well as finger pointing was the name of the game regarding in the Senate regarding the House’s failure to pass its version of the farm bill last week. Senate Leader Harry Reid says the Senate will not extend farm programs again without a farm bill and pointing to the collapse of one in the House last week, calls on Speaker John Boehner to pass the bi-partisan farm bill that passed the Senate.

“I want everyone within the sound of my voice as well as my colleagues on the other side of the Capital, to know that the Senate will not pass another farm bill extension.”

Reid suggests to House members to simply get to work:

“I say Mr. Speaker, rather than twisting the arms of party extremists, work with martyrs of both parties and pass bi-partisan legislation.”

Nevada democrat Reid then began pointing fingers at the perceived problem:

“We have seen time and time again that the two parties ‘my way or the highway’ approach to legislate doesn’t work. The only way to pass a bill in either the House or the Senate is with votes from both Democrats and Republicans.”

Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow and other Senators suggested the House bring up the Senate’s version of the farm bill. House Ag Ranking Member Collin Peterson says the Senate's version would get even fewer votes than the amended House Ag Committee-passed bill that was rejected. 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.