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Peanut Consumption Growing in China

boiled peanutsDuring the recent National Buying Points Conference, a staffer with the American Peanut Council presented information on exports. And according to a story from Tyron Spearman, consumers in China are consuming more peanuts and peanut oil and that demand is outpacing supply in that country. Read the rest of this entry »

Reasons for Expected Increase in Cotton Acreage

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While U.S. cotton producers have struggled with low cotton prices and high production costs the past three years, the National Cotton Council’s 2017 Annual Planting Intentions survey shows U.S. cotton acreage is expected to be 11.0 million acres this year, almost 10 percent more than last year. Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Designates 102 Counties in Georgia as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

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In response to a request from Dianne Westmoreland, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in Georgia, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 102 counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Read the rest of this entry »

University of Florida/IFAS Hoping for Good Legislative Session

uf-ifas-logoThe 2017 Florida Legislative Session is set to start next week, and many in agriculture are gearing up for the annual event. One of those is Mary Ann Hooks, lobbyist for the University of Florida/IFAS. She looks ahead at what they are expecting during this year’s session. Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Designates Eight Counties in Florida as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

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In response to a request from Debbie Folsom, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in Florida, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 8 counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Read the rest of this entry »

Peanut Seed Production Down Slightly in Georgia

Peanut Seed Production
Numbers from the Georgia Crop Improvement Association show that peanut seed production is down slightly this year. Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Designates 67 Counties in Alabama as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

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In response to a request from Jacqueline McCloud, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in Alabama, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 67 counties in Alabama as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Read the rest of this entry »

Analysts say Bacon Shortage Not Likely

Bacon Shortage Not Likely
Despite record low U.S. pork belly inventories, analysts say a bacon shortage is not likely. In early February, the Ohio Pork Council fueled alarms by publicizing that pork belly stocks were at their lowest levels in half a century. While the group added there was not an actual bacon shortage, several media outlets published reports suggesting otherwise. Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Increases Fiscal Year 2017 Specialty Sugar TRQ

Specialty Sugar
The Department of Agriculture Friday announced an increase in the fiscal year 2017 specialty sugar tariff-rate quota, or TRQ. Read the rest of this entry »

NFU: Trump Building Positive Record on Renewable Fuels

Renewable Fuels
Stressing the need for certainty around the administration’s support for the renewable fuels industry, the National Farmers Union recognized the Donald Trump Administration’s growing positive record in support of renewable fuels. Read the rest of this entry »

AFBF President Addresses USDA Ag Outlook Forum

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“This could be the best of times…and possibly the worst of times in agriculture,” according to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall, who spoke last week at the Department of Agriculture’s Ag Outlook Forum. Read the rest of this entry »

Sonny Perdue is Waiting for Confirmation

Sonny Perdue
During a farm bill field hearing last week, Kansas Republican Senator Pat Roberts said Sonny Perdue is just waiting. The Senate Agriculture Committee chairman says his committee has not received the required paperwork from the White House yet to schedule a confirmation hearing for Perdue. Read the rest of this entry »

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