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U.S. Senate Candidate Gets Big Endorsement

U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis says he’s received the endorsement of a key Republican in North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler in his bid for the GOP nomination.

Tillis’ campaign says Troxler announced his support at a campaign event Wednesday. The state House speaker is one of at least five announced candidates for the Republican primary in May.

Troxler is quoted in a Tillis release as saying the Charlotte-area lawmaker has done more for farmers and agriculture while speaker the past three years than had been done in the past decade for the industry.

Tillis also announced a “Farmers for Tillis” coalition for which Troxler will be co-chairman.

Hemp Crop Gaining Ground in SC Legislature

A new bill in the South Carolina Legislature is the latest sign they might be interested in hemp.

On Tuesday, a Republican state senator introduced a proposal that would make it lawful in South Carolina to grow the plant, which is a variety of cannabis.

Although its odds of passage are hard to gauge before lawmakers return to the capitol next month, no profit pro hemp groups have been quick to respond, saying that South Carolina has many advantages for growing the plant.

It’s not illegal to grow hemp under federal law. But there are tight restrictions on its production, which requires a permit from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Pro hemp groups are claiming that bills such as South Carolina’s still represent progress to Vote Hemp members and that states pushing industrial hemp legislation are getting themselves in position and sending a signal to federal lawmakers to change the laws.

Consumer Preferences Hot Topic at Beef Conference

This year’s National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Cattlemen’s College is approaching, and will be held in Nashville Tennessee.
During the program – cattlemen and women will have the opportunity to hear from Dr. Molly McAdams – Co-Founder at Om3 – on what consumers are saying about beef:

“In all of my years that I have worked in the meat and beef industry or retailing, the topics that most confound cattleman is talking about the consumer. So I will be talking about some of the trends that we are seeing in meat and the ones that tend to be a little more niche but concern all cattle producers as they see if they will gain steam.

The value equation changes for different people. All of us can relate to the fact that when we are purchasing goods, our needs and wants are different from those of our neighbors. Depending on who the consumer is, they want a lot of different things but in the end they all want value for their money.”'

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.