Farmers, Ranchers and Landowners Doing Their Part to Improve Water Quality

Clint Thompson Florida, USDA-NRCS

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Aug. 14, 2020 – Drive across Florida and you will see evidence of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) work on the landscape. Conservation practices such as riparian forest buffers, restored wetlands, contour strips and fields planted with protective cover are just a few visible signs of the agency’s work in our state. NRCS conservationists in Florida work …

Caterpillars a Danger to Peanuts

Clint Thompson Alabama, Georgia, Peanuts, Pest/Pest Control

Foliage-feeding caterpillars are the insects peanut growers need to be most concerned with as harvest season approaches, according to Mark Abney, University of Georgia Extension peanut entomologist. “The one that comes in every year and will probably eat the most peanuts and infest the most fields is velvetbean caterpillar. We started hearing about velvetbeans in southwest Georgia maybe a month …

July Equipment Sales Numbers Climb High Despite Uncertainty

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia

July was the fourth-consecutive positive month in the U.S. for overall unit sales of agricultural tractors and self-propelled combines. July numbers in Canada were also positive for the second-straight month. The latest information from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers says U.S. total farm tractor sales rose 34% in July when compared to July 2019. June’s self-propelled combine sales grew 33.6%. …

NRCS Chief Promotes Programs

Clint Thompson USDA-NRCS

In case you missed the story this week, chief of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Matt Lohr has announced he is leaving NRCS to head back to the farm. But as chief, he’s promoted all of the programs that NRCS offers, including the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Lohr, a Virginia native …

Cotton Farmers Need to Monitor for Stink Bug Populations

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Florida, Georgia

The time is now for cotton farmers to monitor stink bug populations. But University of Georgia Extension cotton entomologist Phillip Roberts pleads with growers not to apply insecticides if you do not have to. Let beneficial insects do their job, which could also help with the current whitefly outbreak. “If you use an insecticide to kill stink bugs, you’re going …

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Benefits of Growing Sculpit on Your Farm or in Your Garden

Dan Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours

Why you should consider growing sculpit in your garden.  That’s coming up on This Land of ours. Sculpit is a common herb in Italy and Spain, but relatively unheard of in North America. It has long, narrow, lance-like leaves that have a delicate, subtle flavor. It’s a touch bitter, like chicory, with a hint of something similar to tarragon, combined …

Appointments Made to Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission

Clint Thompson Georgia

The Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission Ex-Officio Committee met on July 30, where it selected new appointees to serve a term of three years on their respective commodity commissions. At the conclusion of this three-year term, they will be eligible to be reappointed for additional terms. The new appointees are as follows: Apple Commission- Janice Hale, David Lillard and Stephen Aaron …

2020 State Officer Team Elected

Clint Thompson Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida FFA Association is pleased to announce the election of the 2020-2021 State FFA Officers. Each year, the delegates at the annual state FFA convention elect a team of student officers to lead the organization for the coming year. Serving as a state officer is a distinguished honor held by only eight students each year. State …

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USDA Has Programs to Help Small-Scale Meat Processors

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Florida, Georgia

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, many across the country have looked at what it would take to get meat supplies from those closer to home. According to a story from Stephanie Ho, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) actually has programs that can help small-scale meat processors. USDA’s Undersecretary for Food Safety, Mindy Brashears, says the pandemic has underscored the …

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USDA Announces New State Executive Director for Farm Service Agency in Georgia

Clint Thompson Georgia

Athens, Georgia — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced Rachel McLocklin Santos as the new State Executive Director for the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Georgia, serving as an appointee of President Donald J. Trump. FSA State Executive Directors help implement USDA policies in planning, organizing and administering FSA programs in their respective states. They are also …