nrcs

Southeast Producers Urged to Sign Up Now for EQIP

Clint Thompson USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) wants to remind agricultural producers and landowners the 2020 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) signup is underway in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. But NRCS encourages those interested to submit applications as soon as possible, as the deadlines to do so are nearing. Alabama Producers Urged to Sign Up Now for EQIP USDA’s Natural Resources …

farmers

Peanut Usage is Positive

Clint Thompson Peanuts

During a recent conference, those in attendance learned more about peanut consumption and usage numbers. Tyron spearman has the details.

American Sugar Alliance Touts Sustainability

Clint Thompson Specialty Crops

The American Sugar Alliance recently traveled to two sugar-farming states to talk with sugar producers about the farming practices they are using to sustain the environment. Florida’s sugarcane farmers value the incredible resources and unique ecosystems that the state has to offer and have invested more than $450 million to restore and preserve the Everglades. “We are the original folks …

House of Representatives Clears Bill Boosting Ag Specialists at Borders

Clint Thompson Legislative

On Feb. 10, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would address the shortage of agricultural specialists and inspectors at U.S. ports of entry. According to Customs and Border Patrol estimates, there is currently a shortage of nearly 700 inspectors across the country. The Senate companion bill was introduced by Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) and passed in October …

pork industry

U.S. Pork Industry Requests Additional ASF-Prevention Measures

Dan Industry News Release, Pork

(NPPC) — Thanks to continued vigilance by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. pork industry, the United States has so far prevented an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF), an animal disease affecting only pigs with no human health or food safety risks. To ensure the U.S. swine herd …

rural water systems

USDA and EPA Announce Continued Commitment to Support Rural Water Systems

Dan Industry News Release, Water

(USDA) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will help rural water systems face the challenges of aging infrastructure, workforce shortages, increasing costs, limited management capacity and declining rate bases. Through this MOA, USDA and EPA will conduct joint activities to help rural water systems continue …

innovation

Secretary Perdue Announces New Innovation Initiative for USDA

Dan Industry News Release

The Agriculture Innovation Agenda is a Solution for Farmers, Consumers, and the Environment (USDA) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the Agriculture Innovation Agenda, a department-wide initiative to align resources, programs, and research to position American agriculture to better meet future global demands. Specifically, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will stimulate innovation so that American agriculture can …

USDA Offers New Insurance Pilot Program for Nursery Crops in 2021

Clint Thompson General

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 20, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced a new crop insurance pilot program, Nursery Value Select (NVS), for crop year 2021. NVS is another crop insurance option for nursery crop producers, including those growing hemp, in addition to the Nursery crop insurance program. NVS is available in select counties …