SCDA Sets Pesticide Collection Location
The South Carolina Department of Agriculture is partnering with York County to offer South Carolina residents the opportunity to safely dispose of outdated, unusable or unwanted pesticides on Saturday, March 4, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The event will be held at the York County Public Works facility.
The pesticide and chemical program is open only to residents and farmers from any SC County. SCDA staff will be on site to monitor pesticide collection and disposal, and will have final authority on acceptance of products.
Tomato Growers to Hold Referendum
The N.C. Tomato Growers Association will conduct a statewide referendum in March to continue the $20 per acre assessment on harvested commercial tomatoes. Funds generated by the assessment would support research, education and marketing to promote tomatoes grown in North Carolina.
The proposed assessment term is six years, beginning with the 2017 crop. All N.C. farmers engaged in the production of tomatoes on a commercial basis, including owners of farms where tomatoes are produced, tenants and sharecroppers, are eligible to vote. Ballots will be mailed to growers March 2. Those who have not received ballots by March 6 will have 10 days to apply for an official ballot from the association. Growers should indicate their preference and return ballots by mail. Ballots must be postmarked by 5 p.m. March 23.
The End of ObamaCare May Be Near
Meeting with C-E-O’s of the nation’s top health insurance companies, President Trump vowed a “smooth transition” to an Obamacare replacement.
“The Democrats will come begging to do something to help them out of a jam. Once we start doing it we sort of inherit the problem, we take over the problem, it becomes ours. But, it’s the right thing to do for the American people. I think allowing this to go on, this disaster to go on, is a mistake.”
Sonny Perdue is Waiting for Confirmation
During a farm bill field hearing last week, Kansas Republican Senator Pat Roberts said: “Sonny Perdue is just waiting.” The Senate Agriculture Committee chairman says his committee has not received the required paperwork from the White House yet to schedule a confirmation hearing for Perdue. Insiders with the Department of Agriculture have hinted that a confirmation hearing and vote is likely in early-to-mid March. Roberts appears eager to perform and wrap-up the confirmation process for Perdue so the committee can focus on other confirmation hearings of lesser USDA post and farm bill discussions. Perdue was the final Cabinet selection for President Donald Trump, with Trump announcing the selection the day before being sworn into office.