FFBF and FDACS Host Town Hall on COVID-19 & Florida Agriculture

Dan Economy, Field Crops, Florida, Fruits, General, Hemp, Specialty Crops, Sticky, Sugar, Vegetables

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and Florida Farm Bureau President John L. Hoblick held a town hall meeting on Thursday with the state’s agriculture community on pressing issues. Some of the topics of discussion included: Ensuring agriculture and all related industries are essential at the federal, state and local levels. Promoting the continued and efficient processing of H-2A worker visas. Inter- and intra-state weight waivers for …


Alabama Agriculture Remains Essential During Stay-Home Order

Dan Alabama, Industry News Release

(ALFA) — Farmers and agricultural businesses will continue to serve Alabama residents under a stay-at-home order issued today by Gov. Kay Ivey.  The order aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 is effective Saturday at 5 p.m. and continues through April 30, unless extended.  “My fellow Alabamians, I plead with you to do your part to stop the spread of …


Georgia Ag Commissioner Extends Farm Recovery Program Application Deadline

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release

(GDA) — Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black announced that the Georgia Farm Recovery Block Grant application deadline is extended to April 30, 2020. “We recognize that normal business operations across the state have been disrupted or altered over the past few weeks,” said Commissioner Black. “We want every eligible producer to have an opportunity to complete their application with …


Commissioner Fried Encourages Florida Agriculture Businesses to Apply for Paycheck Protection Program

Dan Economy, Florida, Industry News Release

(FDACS) — Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is advising agriculture producers, farmers, ranchers, and other agriculture-related businesses to apply for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The program is part of the CARES Act, the $2 trillion federal coronavirus response package. “Florida agriculture is the backbone of our economy and a pillar of strength through …


Georgia Governor Kemp Orders State Wide Shelter in Place Order

Dan Economy, General, Georgia, Industry News Release

(GAC) — Governor Brian P. Kemp issued a shelter in place order for the state of Georgia. The order will be effective beginning Friday, April 3rd, at 6:00 PM and expire Monday, April 13th, at 11:59 PM. GAC staff have advocated for several weeks to ensure that all sectors of Georgia’s agribusiness industry, including farms, manufacturing, fertilizer, seed, ag retail, landscape, turf …


Congressmen Praise Peanuts’ Nutritional Impact

Clint Thompson Georgia, Peanuts

By Clint Thompson U.S. Congressman Austin Scott expressed optimism about peanuts and its future as a nutritional necessity for consumers. Speaking during a conference call on Friday about the different components of the recently-passed CARES Act amid the coronavirus pandemic, Scott, who represents the 8th Congressional District in Georgia, talked about one of Georgia’s top agricultural commodities and the impact …


Coronavirus Impact Ripples Across Farm Country

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

(AFBF) — From dairy farmers with nowhere to send their milk and cattle ranchers reeling from plummeting beef prices, the impact of the coronavirus is rippling through farm country. Corn, cotton and soybean futures have tumbled, ethanol plants have been idled, and some fruit and vegetable farmers are finding their best option is leaving produce in the field. Price forecasts …


USDA Offices Doing Business by Phone or Electronically

Dan General

There have been a few farmers, while in town recently, decided to stop by their local USDA Service Center but found the doors were locked. As Gary Crawford reports, that’s because many of those offices are temporarily doing business with producers only by phone or electronically.

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Raising Chickens and Ducks Together

Dan Poultry, This Land of Ours

Cathy Isom has several things for you to consider if you have the idea of raising chickens and ducks together. That’s coming up on This Land of ours. If you’ve ever thought about starting your homestead with baby chicks and ducks at the same time, one question might come to mind… Will these adorable little ducks integrate with your chicken …