Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared Aug. 2 through 8, 2015, as “National Farmers Market Week.” The declaration was made official by proclamation signed by Secretary Vilsack. This year marks the 16th annual National Farmers Market Week in honor of the important role that farmers markets play in local economies. Throughout the week, Read the rest of this entry »
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, Avian Influenza vaccines were discussed during a House Agriculture Subcommittee public hearing this week, diesel prices are at their lowest levels since 2009 which is good news for farmers, but hot, dry weather is really being felt by some dry land crops.
Dr. John Clifford, with USDA APHIS, was one of those who spoke to the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Thursday during a public hearing to examine the federal and state response to avian influenza.
At its July board meeting, the Georgia Cotton Commission (GCC) Board of Directors approved its Fiscal Year 2016 budget which includes over $600,000 to fund the GCC research program. A total of $605,588, or about 24% of the overall budget, is allocated to research. GCC Chairman Mike Lucas stated that “even with the lower Read the rest of this entry »
The USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Florida wants to remind farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until this coming Monday, August 3 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.
WASHINGTON (July 30, 2015) – The National Corn Growers Association today expressed disappointment that Congress failed to pass a long-term highway funding bill before its August recess. Congress voted to extend the United States Highway Trust Fund’s authorization through Read the rest of this entry »
From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Prior to this summer, the Old World Bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera, had never before been found in the continental United States outside of port interceptions. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that after the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the United States Department of Agriculture’s initial finding of three, adult male Old World Read the rest of this entry »
It’s been another one of those year’s where some fields have seen decent rains while others haven’t. And according to Tyron Spearman, some dry land crops are really being affected by the hot, dry weather.
Dairy groups are commending senators for their work in increasing market access to US dairy in Canada and Japan. The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) this week thanked a bipartisan group of 22 senators for urging the Obama administration for Read the rest of this entry »
When you think about University of Florida/IFAS researchers, you think of hard working people looking to find better answers for agriculture and consumers. But unfortunately, these efforts have caused two of these researchers to be targets of broad public records requests from anti-GMO activists seeking any communications they’ve had with a number of companies.
Today, Rep. David Rouzer (NC-7), Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, held a public hearing to examine the federal and state response to avian influenza.
Identified as one of the worst animal disease outbreaks the U.S. has ever experienced, the disease infected more than Read the rest of this entry »
The U.S. House recently passed the GMO voluntary labeling bill by a vote of 275-190 with 45-democratic ‘yes’ votes, after turning back democrat amendments to weaken or gut the bill. But House republicans argued mandatory state labeling laws upend interstate commerce and GMO labels scare consumers.
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Transportation reauthorization is working its way through Congress and Kent Bacus, director of legislative affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says truck weights continues to be a big issue for them.
According to Richey Seaton with the Georgia Cotton Commission, one of the issues discussed at the recent GCC board meeting was where things stood in the process of filling the University of Georgia Extension Cotton Agronomist position.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL-03), a veterinarian for 30 years, has introduced the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act – HR 3268. This bill will amend the Horse Protection Act of 1970, ending the abusive practice known as horse soring. Soring is the act of causing pain to a horse via chemicals or action devices in order to change the animal’s natural gait. Congressman Yoho released the following statement on the PAST Act: Read the rest of this entry »
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University Florida named Michael Rogers as director of the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred. He had been acting as interim director since November for the center, which operates under the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Steve Musser, assistant state conservationist for programs with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, explains how one proposal through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program is already underway.