RALEIGH — The board of the Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation of North Carolina voted to keep the boll weevil assessment rate at 70 cents per acre of cotton for 2013. That amount is the same as it was for 2012.
The fee supports the foundation’s efforts to monitor cotton acreage for any re-introduction of the boll weevil, which was eradicated in the state in 1986.
In 2012, just more than 10,000 traps were placed and maintained in North Carolina, with each trap monitoring an average of 47 acres. Farmers in 54 counties grew 429,960 certified acres of cotton. The top three cotton-growing counties were Halifax, Northhampton and Edgecombe.
To allow for trapping and monitoring, cotton growers are required to certify cotton acreage information with their local U.S. Farm Service Agency office by June 30.
LUMBERTON — Joel Marshall, professional truck driver with Con-way Freight who lives in Lumberton, was recently recognized for achieving the safety milestone of 2 million consecutive, accident-free miles.
Joel has been a professional driver with Con-way since 1989.