American Farmland Trust Releases Farmland Report

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia

Millions of acres of America’s agricultural land were developed or converted to uses that threaten farming between 2001 and 2016, according to American Farmland Trust. The organization this week released a report on U.S. farmland. The report’s Agricultural Land Protection Scorecard is the first state-by-state analysis of policies that respond to the development threats to farmland, showing that every state …

Foods That Will Happily Grow on a Balcony

Jim Rogers This Land of Ours

If your living quarters don’t allow for a backyard garden but still provide a little space, such as a balcony, then you have the room to grow your own food. In fact, in just ten or twenty square feet, it’s possible to provide fresh food for the table on a daily basis. Part of the trick is picking the right …


March Margin Triggers Dairy Margin Coverage Program Payment

Clint Thompson Alabama, Dairy, Florida, Georgia

Income-over-feed margin for March triggers first payment for 2020 WASHINGTON, May 20, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the March 2020 income over feed cost margin was $9.15 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the first payment of 2020 for dairy producers who purchased the appropriate level of coverage under the Dairy Margin …


President Trump on New CFAP Program

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Legislative

During a special presentation at the White House Tuesday, President Trump announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). According to a story from Gary Crawford, the program is designed to help farmers hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. CFAP will provide vital financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a 5%-or-greater price decline due to COVID-19 …


Senators Seek Meat Worker Protections from USDA

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Florida, General, Livestock

Senate Democrats want Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to provide more worker safety protection to meat processing employees. A group of 29 Senators, led by Democrat Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, penned a letter to Perdue outlining recommendations for ways the Department of Agriculture should improve worker safety. The Senators wrote, “While we recognize the importance of keeping these plants running, it …

Georgia Cotton Farmers Overcoming Challenges During Planting Season

Clint Thompson Cotton, Georgia

By Clint Thompson Georgia cotton growers are busy planting this year’s crop. According to Phillip Roberts, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton entomologist, the state’s farmers have already had to overcome various challenges from Mother Nature. “If we think back, we had some pretty significant rainfall events (in April). That really created some problems for us, just trying to get …


Forages Conference Virtual Meeting Scheduled for May 26

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Cattle, Florida, Georgia, Industry

By Clint Thompson The annual Georgia Forages Conference will have a virtual look this year. On Tuesday, May 26, the conference will be held Live on Facebook and will feature pre-recorded video discussions with speakers about important topics like the bermudagrass stem maggot and alfalfa baleage production. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and be held through the Georgia …

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How to Grow Oranges in Your Own Orchard

Jim Rogers This Land of Ours

Growing oranges can be a delicious investment to make for your property. Not only do they produce delicious fruits, but you can sell or preserve the oranges. These trees don’t tolerate any frost, unless you select a specific variety that is hardier in cold weather. Such as the Hamlin variety. Oranges, as well as most citrus trees, require warm, moist …