In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about the cotton industry’s disappointment in Agriculture Secretary Vilsack’s decision concerning making cottonseed eligible for USDA safety net programs, the signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal agreement by member nations, commodity certificates Read the rest of this entry »
The citrus industry is getting closer and closer to having new weapons to aid in the fight against HLB. The Environmental Protection Agency has now opened a public comment period for the proposed section 18 for HLB bactericides oxytetracycline hydrochloride and streptomycin sulfate. AgroSource entered into a cooperative research and development agreement with the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to research the efficacy of its products Firewall, containing streptomycin, and Fireline, containing oxytetracycline, in combating HLB. We spoke with Taw Richardson, CEO of AgroSource, to get an update on the progress.
Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) sent a written reply to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s February 3 letter in which the Secretary denied the request of 100 members of Congress who sent a bicameral, bipartisan letter urging the Secretary to take urgent action to stave off a farm financial crisis in the cotton belt. The members of Congress urged the Secretary to use his legal authority to designate cottonseed as an eligible oilseed for purposes of the Farm Bill. Upon sending a written reply to Read the rest of this entry »
USDA announced that producers who have crops pledged as collateral for a marketing assistance loan can now purchase a commodity certificate that may be exchanged for the outstanding loan collateral. Tyron Spearman has more on that along with the latest information concerning peanut contracts being offered.
Looking back at USDA’s latest cattle on feed report which came out in late January, some felt the numbers indicated future expansion plans by producers across the country. But it also showed a cutback in placements.
University of Florida scientist Barry Kostyk discussed an age-old problem for citrus growers – rust mites – at a recent seminar at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee. He notes that rust mites are especially significant for fresh fruit growers, but can also cause problems for growers of processed fruit. Scouting and spray frequencies for rust mites are also addressed.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service wants farmers and landowners to know a signup period has been announced for 2016 funding through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). While NRCS accepts applications for CSP throughout the year, producers should submit applications by March 31 to ensure they are considered for enrollment in 2016.
Florida citrus Extension agents Chris Oswalt and Steve Futch will accompany five Florida citrus growers to California next week to learn more about that state’s citrus industry. The group will visit World Ag Expo, a citrus nursery, a research center, a packinghouse and more. Oswalt tells more about the trip, including some topics likely to be discussed, with Southeast AgNet’s Tacy Callies.
Dow Chemical Co. said this week that it will cut 500 more jobs as it speeds up cost reductions, ahead of its merger with DuPont, to counter the impact of a strong dollar and weak demand for agrichemicals and seeds.