USDA/NIFA Announces Funding to Grow the Bioeconomy

Dan Energy, Industry News Release, Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced six grants totaling nearly $21.1 million to support the development of new jet fuel, biobased products and biomaterials from renewable sources. Funding is made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. “Our nation has made great strides in promoting the …

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Dan Alabama, Cattle, Florida, Georgia

Here are the Alabama, Florida, and Georgia livestock market reports for the week ended September 22, 2017, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for all three states.   AL Livestock Market Report: At Alabama Livestock Auctions for the week ended September 22, 2017, receipts at 21 markets totaled an estimated 21,900 head compared to 6,777 last week and 14,706 …

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Margin Protection Crop Insurance Decision Due

Dan Industry News Release

Farmers have until the end of this month to decide if they’d like to take USDA’s new Margin Protection Crop Insurance plan. Known as M-P, the program most closely aligns with the current A-R-P, or Area Revenue Protection, crop insurance plan. University of Illinois Agricultural Economist Gary Schnitkey says while there is difference the one of note is the price …


USDA Approves D-SNAP for Florida Disaster Counties

Dan Florida, Industry News Release

Floridians struggling with the after-effects of Hurricane Irma could be eligible for help buying food through USDA’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP), the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said that households who may not normally be eligible under regular SNAP rules may qualify for D-SNAP — if their income is under the disaster limits and they …


Cattle Producer Prepares for Sommet de l’Élevage in France

Abbey Taylor Cattle, Exports/Imports, Livestock

The Sommet de l’Élevage is holding its 26th annual event October 4–6 in Clermont-Ferrand, France. The event is the European Union’s (EU) largest livestock exposition, featuring competitions and a tradeshow. This year, the Sommet is especially exciting for U.S. cattle producers because, for the first time ever, Americans have been invited to the event. Reneé Strickland of Strickland Ranch and …


Deadline for WOTUS Rule Repeal Comments September 27

Dan Industry News Release, Water

Landowners are being reminded the deadline to make comments on the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule repeal effort is Wednesday, September 27. The Environmental Protection Agency, along with the Army Corps of Engineers, will accept comment through that date. The EPA formally proposed to repeal the rule in late June, and the Trump administration plans to separately write a …


Cotton and Peanut Growers Urged to Think Nematodes

Dan Cotton, Peanuts

As cotton and peanut growers work their way through harvest, Bayer Crop Sciences Tech Services Representative Keith Rucker has one issue he hopes you will keep in mind this fall.     Rucker wants growers to know that Velum® Total will provide them with an effective choice for insect and nematode control in cotton and peanuts. This early-season control enhances …

North Florida Black Farmer Files Lawsuit Against Florida Dept. of Health Over Medical Marijuana Licensing Discrimination

Josh McGill Legislative

Exclusive Breaking News 82-Year-old Columbus Smith, a black farmer from Panama City, Florida, this morning filed a lawsuit against Florida Department of Health in the Second Judicial Court in Leon County claiming a new Florida law and the black farmers’ association written into that law unfairly restricts his ability to apply for a license to grow medical marijuana in Florida. …

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Dairy Producers Can Opt Out of MPP Coverage

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) wants to remind dairy producers you can enroll for 2018 coverage in the Margin Protection Program (MPP-Dairy).  But there is something new this year, in that you can opt out of the program. In order to opt out, a producer should not sign up during the annual registration period. By opting out, a producer would …