WHEN: Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, 2:30 p.m. WHERE: The meeting will be conducted via conference call. The call-in number is 984-204-1487. When prompted, enter the conference ID 465-701-980, followed by the # key. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund supports the farming, forestry and horticulture communities within the agriculture industry, purchasing…

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RALEIGH — The United States Department of Agriculture approved North Carolina’s waiver request to issue automatic replacement benefits to people who receive Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) in 11 North Carolina counties impacted by Hurricane Isaias. The NC Department of Health and Human Services applied for an automatic mass replacement waiver after Hurricane Isaias made landfall and caused power outages…

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Board of Agriculture will hold its quarterly meeting Monday, Aug. 10, at 1:30 p.m. via a Microsoft Teams meeting. To access the meeting, log in using this link PUBLIC LINK, or call 984-204-1487, then enter access code 900 477 212#. The board will take up the following items: Initiate the process…

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Four horses have recently tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis in North Carolina. The horses were located in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus and Durham counties. These are the first cases of EEE reported this year. “In 2019, there were only two reported cases of EEE in horses in North Carolina,” said Agriculture Commissioner…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) introduced the Agricultural Security Risk Review Act, legislation that would formally place the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary as a member of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The Agricultural Security Risk Review Act ensures…

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by Rick Henderson, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH, N.C. — The turmoil surrounding COVID-19 derailed much of the work the General Assembly had done before the pandemic. Battles over redistricting reform, tax relief, teacher pay, and hemp legislation disappeared from the headlines. But lawmakers have left Raleigh and plan to return in September. The 10-day…

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is taking further action to prevent and respond to COVID-19 outbreaks among the agricultural workforce, delivering critical personal protection equipment for use by agricultural workers across the state. “Agriculture is vital to our economy and food supply and it is critical that…

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