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The North Carolina Department of Labor has handed Smithfield Packing citations for occupational safety and health violations, and fines totaling $44,100.

The citations and the fines stem from inspections of the company’s Tar Heel, N.C., facility conducted in the spring, one triggered by a complaint and one triggered by an accident in the plant in April that injured an employee. The state department has cited Smithfield Packing for two alleged serious violations, one of which is an alleged repeat serious violation.

South Carolina Sees Fairly Dry Week

Taking a look at the climate numbers around the state through yesterday, the mean temperature for the past week at Columbia was 82 degrees, which is one degree above the 127 year average. There was only two-one hundredths of an inch of precipitation since the 8th. At Florence, the mean temperature over the last week was 83 degrees, almost 3 degrees above normal, with only 34 hundredths of an inch of precipitation, and at Bamburg, the mean temperature was just shy of 83, which is over three degrees above the 63 year average normal, and there was 11 one-hundredths of an inch of precipitation.

July Climate Numbers

NOAA is out with its climate numbers for the month of July. Jake Crouch is a climate scientist with NOAA's National Climatic Data Center…

“It was a warmer and wetter month when we look at the contiguous US as a whole. It was the 5th wettest July on record when we look at the entire lower 48.”

Revision of RFS Likely to be Vetoed

President Obama would likely veto any repeal or rollback of the Renewable Fuels Standard says Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. Grassley says there’s still support for the RFS in the Senate and White House – even as backing seems to dwindle in the House. Asked if President Obama would veto a repeal or rollback – Grassley says…

“I assume so, because their administration officials were saying, as the President was talking about his Energy Program a few weeks ago, that he spoke favorably to ethanol.” 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.