The Governor’s Mansion and five South Carolina military families are getting ready for Christmas thanks to the help of a member of the South Carolina Christmas Tree Growers Association.

Dale Cullum of Turkey Creek Christmas Tree Farm in McCormick, won the Grand Champion prize for the South Carolina State Fair’s Christmas Tree contest. He will present three Certified SC Grown White Pine Christmas Trees to the Governor’s Mansion December 3 at 10 a.m.

Along with the Governor’s Mansion, the families of five guardsmen with the South Carolina Air National Guard or South Carolina Army National Guard who are deployed or about to deploy, will also receive poinsettias grown by the Future Farmers of America Lexington Technology Center Chapter.

Bleak Outlook for Farm Bill in 2012

When it comes to the farm bill – it looks like Congress will kick that can down the road into next year. American Farm Bureau Farm Policy Specialist Dale Moore talks about the current outlook for the farm bill…

“Its much more likely we are going to see some kind of extension of the expired 2008 Farm bill. Unfortunately that is where we are right now.”

Moore explains that timing is one reason a new farm bill is unlikely to pass in Congress this year…

“Recently we heard Chairman Lucas indicate he would need 3-4 days to get a Farm Bill done on the floor. That kind of time is unfortunately not going to be available. A lot of folks have ideas about how they should be able to add amendments to the Farm bill. When we were watching the Senate process, its important to keep in mind there were over 300 amendments that were offered up for that Farm Bill and over 70 were considered and that takes time.”

USDA Relies on Producer Survey Responses to Administer Programs

Thursday began USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics gathering of final information on 2012 U.S. row crops. The will focus will be on harvested acreage – as well as crops produced and stored. A hog survey will capture current inventory figures. NASS is asking approximately 85-thousand producers across the country to respond to these important surveys involving corn, soybeans, sorghum, rice, cotton and hogs. Bob Bass – Director of the NASS Data Collection and Processing Center – says the responses to these surveys will be included in the County Agricultural Production Survey data and used in calculating county yields.

Still Time to Vote for Carolina Finalist in USFRA’s “Faces of Agriculture”

And finally…there’s still time to vote in the United States Farmers and Ranchers Alliance ‘Faces of Agriculture’ campaign. Both North & South Carolina are represented in the 10 finalist. North Carolina’s Bo Stone of Rowland, is a conventional farmer of row crops and his family’s P&S Farms also have a pork operation. South Carolina’s Eric McClam of Columbia is owner of City Roots, a three-and-a-half acre farm near downtown Columbia that focuses on organic fruit and vegetable production.

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