South Carolina Horsemen
The South Carolina Horsemen’s Association Expo will be held at the S.C. Equine Park in Camden Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. The day-long expo features a myriad of horse-related activities for the hobbyist to the professional rider.
The Expo has four presentations scheduled in the main arena, with concurrent demonstrations in separate areas. There will also be a horse health pavilion, children’s activities, and a silent auction along with numerous vendors.
Admission is $10 ($5 for SC Horse Council members), with memberships available on site. The horse council is celebrating its 20th year in 2013. A general membership meeting and election of officers will be held at 4 p.m.
For more information about the Expo go to www.schorsemenscouncil.org
Transporting Horses to Events Changes
The Carolinas and Virginia are among more than a dozen states participating in a new interstate travel permit for horse events.
Virginia state veterinarian Dr. Richard Wilkes says the Equine Interstate Event Permit allows horses and their owners to travel to events in participating states for six months. The permit can be used in lieu of a 30-day certificate of veterinary inspection.
The permit can be obtained from an accredited veterinarian.
Other participating states include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and New York, Virginia and West Virginia.
NC Agritourism Conference Scheduled
The N.C. Agritourism Networking Association will host a conference titled, “Growth and Prosperity in the Next Season,” for farmers interested in learning more about the economic benefits of Agritourism on January 17th at the bob Martin Ag Center in Williamston. The event includes speakers from regional Agritourism farms, as well as economic-development specialists. For more information visit our website, calendar. Deadline to register is Tuesday, January 15th.
Corn & Soybean Production is Up, but Exports are Down
Corn and soybean yields and production are up – but soybean prices and corn exports are down in USDA’s first World Ag Supply and Demand Estimates of the new year. Tight corn stocks this season on lower harvested acres and higher feed use will mean strong and volatile prices well into summer – despite a small 55-million bushel production boost on yields up 1.1-bushels. World Ag Outlook Board Chair Gerald Bange…
“We have taken our estimate of feed and residual use up to 4.45 billion bushels which is an increase of 300 million bushels from the previous forecast. At the same time we took the export forecast down 200 to 950 million bushels.”
Possibly due to tight domestic supplies – but also due to stiff South American competition.