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Pesticide training is March 8

A training session will be held Thursday, March 8, for farmers using restricted pesticides.

The Dicamba Training will be held at the Tri-County Electric Cooperative in Calhoun County at 10 a.m.

There is no preregistration required. The training will last about one hour.

The new dicamba formulations (Engenia, XtendiMax, FeXapan) are now restricted-use pesticides.

All applicators, even those working under the supervision of a licensed applicator, must take the dicamba training to use these products.

The training does qualify for one pesticide recertification credit.

For information contact Charles Davis at 803-874-2354 Ext. 117.

Bull re-elected as cotton co-chair

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Seven South Carolina cotton industry members have been elected to leadership positions in the National Cotton Council for 2018.

Re-elected as a NCC vice president was David Hastings, a Mauldin textile executive. Re-elected to the NCC Board of Directors was James Patterson, a York cottonseed merchandiser, and Jordan Lea, a Greenville merchant, and William Bowen, an Inman textile executive.

William Bull of Cameron and Daniel Baxley of Dillon were re-elected as the American Cotton Producers South Carolina co-chairmen.

Lea was elected as the NCC’s South Carolina state unit chairman; Patterson was elected as vice chairman; and Drake Perrow, a Cameron ginner, was elected unit secretary.

S.C. Peanut Parity Act introduced

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott introduced the South Carolina Peanut Parity Act, which would put an individual from South Carolina on the Peanut Standards Board at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Companion legislation was introduced by U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson and passed the House of Representatives in October 2017.

Graham and Scott noted that even though South Carolina has the fourth largest peanut industry in the country, the state is not represented on the Peanut Standards Board. The board, created by the 2002 farm bill, advises USDA on proper standards for peanut quality and handling.

"As growers of our state's official snack, South Carolina peanut farmers deserve a say in matters that affect their livelihood. I'm proud to work with my colleague, Sen. Scott, on this important bill to ensure South Carolina's peanut farmers get adequate representation at USDA," Graham said.

"Ensuring South Carolina peanut farmers have a seat at the table is incredibly important," Scott said. "I want to thank Sen. Graham for working together on this important bill, and I look forward to sharing some South Carolina boiled peanuts with our colleagues when it passes."


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Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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