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SC Market Ready Workshop Coming Up

The next S.C. Market Ready workshop is April 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Phillips Market Center at the State Farmers Market in Columbia.

The S.C. Market Ready workshop for farmers, growers, and food producers is a program for businesses in South Carolina that want to sell to local restaurants and grocers. The program addresses the issues and challenges small farmers face as they seek to develop supplier relationships with restaurants, grocery stores, wholesalers, and food service buyers. Market Ready helps vendors that sell dairy, fruits, meats and vegetables, and other goods design and implement successful business strategies.

The cost to attend is $30 and includes lunch and program materials. For more information and a registration link, visit our website, SFNToday dot com.

Electric Co-op in the Carolina’s Awarded Funding for Infrastructure

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced funding for projects to improve electric service in rural areas across 13 states, including North & South Carolina. The program will provide nearly $280 million for rural electric infrastructure, including more than $6 million in smart grid funding, which increases access to information to better manage electricity use. In addition, these funds will result in the construction of more than 1,900 miles of new or improved electric line. New Horizon Electric Cooperative, Inc. was awarded $9,779,000 in funds to be used to build five new substations, and make other system improvements.

Senators Need More Time on Immigration Overhaul

It seems unlikely the so-called Gang of Eight will unveil immigration legislation this week as they had hoped. According to Senate aides familiar with the talks – it’s more likely the group will announce its proposal next week at the earliest. Talks regarding a foreign farmworker program are reportedly taking center stage this week.

Soy Checkoff Supports Animal Agriculture with Study of Animal Ag Environmental Reg’s

The United Soybean Board commissioned an environmental regulatory audit of animal agriculture to help poultry and livestock farmers keep track of environmental rules and regulations. USB Director and Soybean Farmer Laura Foell says the study compiles regulations animal farmers should be aware of…

“Because soybean meal is so important in livestock ration, it’s important for us as soybean growers to understand what the impacts of regulation are for our number one consumer. Because if we lose our customer we will not have any use for our soybean meal.”

Foell says soybean and livestock farmers should read this study – which provides information about water-quality and air-quality regulations, discharge restrictions and general permitting. It also includes facts on state and federal environmental assistance programs. 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.