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SC Poultry Processing Plant Recognized

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council recognized 92 chicken and turkey facilities for outstanding safety performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs. Perdue Farms Inc received an Award of distinction for their processing plant for their facility in Dillon, South Carolina.

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council consist of members from U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation. Collectively, the three organizations represent companies that produce 95 percent of the nation's poultry products and employ over 350,000 workers.

Kay Hagen Visits NC Farm Promoting Passage of Farm Bill

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan visited J.P. Davenport & Son Farm in Greenville to talk about the importance of approving a Farm Bill. In June, Hagan helped pass a bipartisan Senate Farm Bill that contained major victories for North Carolina farmers. The Senate and House of Representatives must agree on a Farm Bill before the current law expires on September 30. Agriculture is North Carolina’s largest industry, generating $77 billion in economic activity and employing nearly one-fifth of the state’s workforce. The bipartisan Farm Bill that the Senate approved represents the most significant reform of American agriculture policy in decades. The bill eliminates direct payments and creates new safety net programs for farmers. Instead of subsidies that pay out every year even in good times, the bill creates risk management tools that help farmers recover from losses caused by extreme weather.

Canadian Government Again Tries to Undermine COOL

The Canadian government asked the World Trade Organization for a new review of Country-of-Origin Labeling. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says the issues raised by the Canadian government to the WTO are issues between two sovereign countries. While Canada has the right to seek a determination on whether the action by the U.S. is consistent with U.S. obligations – Johnson says NFU and its allies have long believed the revised regulations are consistent with those obligations.

Too Much Rain an Eastern US Theme

The Carolinas are not alone when it comes to abuncance of rainfall says Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist, explaining too much rain in the eastern half of the nation is causing problems for several crops. 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.