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Peanut Crop Update, Part 2

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Peanuts

Tyron Spearman discussed on Tuesday how peanut planting is progressing in Georgia and what some of the possible issues with the crop are. Today, he looks at the progress in both Alabama and Florida and what the concerns may be for the crop in those two states.

USDA Offering $5 Million in Wetland Mitigation Banking Program Funds

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making available up to $5 million for wetland mitigation banks. This funding, through the Wetland Mitigation Program, is available to help conservation partners develop or establish mitigation banks to help agricultural producers maintain eligibility for USDA programs. “Wetlands are critically important to the health of our natural resources …

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DMI’s Harden Discusses Coronavirus Crisis Response

Clint Thompson Alabama, Dairy, Florida, Georgia

The dairy industry is just one of many in agriculture to really feel the effects of the COVID-19, and organizations within the industry have worked hard to help struggling producers across the country. Krysta Harden, executive vice president, global environmental strategy, for Dairy Management Inc. and Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, explains how DMI has responded to the coronavirus crisis. …

Common Diseases that Can Dampen Your Summer Tomato Crops

Jim Rogers This Land of Ours

The tomato plant disease known as late blight occurs during periods of cool, rainy weather that may come at the end of a growing season. It looks almost like frost damage on leaves, causing irregular green-black splotches. Fruits may have large, irregular-shaped brown blotches that quickly become rotten. This tomato plant disease fungus also affects potatoes and can be transferred …

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Announces New Florida State Conservationist

Clint Thompson Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla., June 2, 2020  – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida welcomes new State Conservationist Juan Hernandez. He will oversee programs, operations and staff in 33 field offices, four area offices, a plant material center and the state office in Gainesville. He begins his new position June 8. “I grew up on a small coffee plantation in …

Discussing Marketing Beef Through Alabama Webinars

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Cattle

Marketing Meat Direct to Consumers is a three-part webinar series being conducted by the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association (ACA). According to Ali Cantrell, ACA’s director of education and outreach, this Beef Checkoff promotional effort is taking place this week.

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China Halts Some Purchases of U.S. Ag Products

Clint Thompson Trade

China is halting imports of some U.S. agricultural products through state-run agricultural companies. The move comes as a response to tensions between the U.S. and China regarding Honk Kong. Bloomberg News reports state-owned traders Cofco and Sinograin were ordered to suspend purchases. The action is the latest by China, which puts a trade agreement full of wins for U.S. agriculture …