South Carolina’s Ag Council Fall Tour Set

RMA Releases Updated Fact Sheets for Small Crops

USDA’s Risk Management Agency has released an updated fact sheets for crop insurance for a variety of fruit, vegetable and forage crops, by state. Fact sheets for apples, peaches, apiculture, range and forage grasses, will be availalbe here on SFN Today shortly.

Kudzu Bugs one of Many Problems Addressed at Edisto REC Field Day

Clemson entomologist Jeremy Greene demonstrated the extent to which the kudzu bug has invaded South Carolina.
Greene, who last month hosted a national conference at the Edisto center on the problem insect, said kudzu bugs can cause a 50 percent yield loss if left untreated.

Known as bean plataspid, the kudzu bug was first found in the U.S. in October 2009 in Georgia. By the following year it was in 16 South Carolina counties before making its way statewide.

With only two years of research behind them, scientists like Greene already formulated insecticides that effectively kill swarms, minimizing damage the bugs cause to soybean harvests.

SC Ag Council’s Fall Tour Set

The South Carolina Agricultural Council is holding its Fall Agricultural Tour on Thursday, October 25, 2012.

The daylong event will start with a tour of SC’s only organic cattle farm; Gibson’s Cattle Farm near Westminster, SC followed by a tour of Red Creek Farm’s working & herding dogs, near Townville, SC. On the way back to Cayce, SC, the tour will stop by Happy Cow Creamery in Pelzer, SC for those participants who wish to purchase dairy products.

Participant check-in will be at 7:00 a.m. at the South Carolina Farm Bureau, in Cayce, S.C. The bus will depart at 7:15 a.m. and return to the Farm Bureau building by 6:00 p.m. Tour will be limited to 47 people, so PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 17, 2012. The tour is open to the public until the bus seating is filled, with priority given to Council members and their guests. Cost of the tour is $45 and includes all activities of the day except purchases at Happy Cow Creamery.

New Study Shows Chicken Industry Positively Impacts U.S. Economy

The National Chicken Council and U.S. Poultry and Egg Association have released a new economic impact study that shows the positive impact the chicken industry has on U.S. jobs, wages and federal and state revenue. NCC President Mike Brown says while chicken farms and processing plants aren’t located in every state or congressional district in the U.S. – the study captures how the industry’s positive economic impact extends across the country – hitting every sector of the economy. The study shows the industry directly and indirectly provides more than 1-million jobs, 47-billion dollars in wages. 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.