Hemp Industry Looking at Establishing a Trade Association

Dan Industry News Release, Specialty Crops, Trade

A coalition of hemp farmers, farm service companies, processors, crop insurance agents and lenders, as well as other stakeholders, are looking at possibly establishing a trade association group. The Hagstrom Report says the goal is to have an organization that represents the hemp industry in Washington, D.C. Hemp is currently used to make textiles, paper, paint, oil, biodegradable plastics, and …


Lawmakers say No to Potential EU-U.S. Trade Agreement without Agriculture

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is demanding the Trump Administration force the European Union to include agriculture in upcoming trade talks. A group of 114 lawmakers penned a letter this week to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer stating, “an agreement with the EU that does not address trade in agriculture would be, in our eyes, unacceptable.” The U.S. and EU …


NRCS Alabama Announces Conservation Easement Sign-Up

Dan Alabama, Environment, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama has announced that eligible producers interested in the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program’s Wetlands Reserve Easements (WRE) and Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) components should apply for program funds by April 15, 2019 at their local USDA service center. Under the Wetlands Reserve Easements component, financial assistance is available for landowners to enhance and …


Florida Ag Land Conservation Easement Signup Underway

Dan Environment, Florida, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida has announced that applications to fund agricultural easements in Florida are being accepted until April 25. NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to conserve working lands and wetlands through two programs, the Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) and Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE). Through WRE, agricultural landowners and Indian tribes can apply to restore wetlands, protect …

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Water Management Workshops for Georgia Producers

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release, USDA-NRCS, Water

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia wants to make sure producers are aware of the statewide Water Management Workshop Series taking place across the state. The University of Georgia (UGA) and Fort Valley State University (FVSU) extension programs have partnered with NRCS to host these workshops. The next one will be held April 3 at the Houston County Extension …


Vidalia Onions Set to Ship April 22

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release, Vegetables

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Announces Official Pack Date for 2019 Get those taste buds ready, Vidalia Onion lovers, because America’s favorite sweet onion will soon be on the way. The Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Vidalia Onion Committee announced that the pack date for the 2019 Vidalia Onion® season is 8 a.m. on Monday, April 22.  “With tremendous consideration after …

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The Georgia Department of Agriculture Kicks Off 2019 Agriculture Awareness Week

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release

Commissioner Gary W. Black and the Georgia Department of Agriculture are excited to kick off a week of celebrating Georgia’s diverse agriculture with their third annual Georgia Agriculture Awareness week. “We should thank our farmers every day for the blessings they give us by providing the most abundant and safe food supply in the world,” Black said. “But this week …

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Weekly Livestock Market Report Week Ending 03-15-19

Dan Alabama, Cattle, Florida, Georgia

Here are the weekly livestock market reports for Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, for the week ended Mar. 15, 2019, , compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for all three states. AL Livestock Market Report: At Alabama Livestock Auctions for the Week ended Mar 15, 2019, receipts at 21 markets totaled an estimated 10,500 head compared to 7,159 last week …

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Peanut Referendum Announced

Dan Peanuts

This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a referendum for eligible peanuts producers to determine whether they favor continuance of the Peanut Promotion, Research and Information Order (Order), which authorizes the National Peanut Board. Tyron Spearman has more details.