Today is Final Day for Free Soil Testing


Monday is the final day to have soil tested for free in North Carolina.  Beginning Tuesday, soil samples will be $4 per test at the Soils Lab in the Agronomics Division of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture in Raleigh.  The fee will be in effect until the end of March.  Samples on the dock by 6:00 pm on today will be tested for free. 

China to Speed up Biotech Approval

China has committed to accelerating its review of U.S. GMOs. Agri-Pulse reports the move would smooth trade in biotech crops. The Obama administration said China agreed to the acceleration following a meeting on trade issues. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack recently spent time in China at the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meetings. Vilsack said the Chinese government would move quickly to review the 11 biotech events pending approval, and “continue our dialogue on access for U.S. beef.” Vilsack noted that the acceleration should occur within the next two months.

Secretary Vilsack to Attend Paris Climate Summit

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be among the Cabinet officers following President Barack Obama to Paris this week. White House officials said that Vilsack will join the President at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change known as COP 21. A White House Spokesperson said Vilsack will speak on food security and “how to pursue agriculture that allows us to feed populations and yet combat climate change,” according to the Hagstrom Report. The two-week negotiating conference gets underway today.'

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.