American Dairy Coalition Calls for Whole Milk to Return to Schools

Clint Thompson Alabama, Dairy, Florida, Georgia

The American Dairy Coalition wants to bring whole milk back to U.S. school lunchrooms. According to the proposed Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025, whole milk will continue to be banned from schools across the nation. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines are only updated and published every five years. The coalition says, “the time is now to ensure whole milk can once …

ANCW President Says COVID-19 Presented a Challenging Change

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cattle, Florida, Georgia

One of those attending the recent Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting was American National CattleWomen (ANCW) President Evelyn Greene from Auburn, Alabama. Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman talked to her about what ANCW has done the past few months during the COVID-19 Pandemic and what she was able to take in during the recent meetings in Colorado. ANCW is a voice …

Southeastern Farmer of Year Announcement Postponed to ’21

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia

Contact: Becca Turner(229) 985-1968 x2228 North America’s Premier Farm Show, the Sunbelt Ag Expo, has provided a venue for the agricultural industry to conduct business for 42 years. In a July 24 press release, the Sunbelt Ag Expo announced that its Board of Directors voted to cancel the 43rd Annual show scheduled for October 20-22, 2020. Due to the cancellation …


USDA Extends Deadlines, Defers Interest Accrual Due to COVID-19

Clint Thompson Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, August 5, 2020 –The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced today it will authorize Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) to extend deadlines for premium and administrative fee payments, defer the resulting interest accrual and allow other flexibilities to help farmers, ranchers and insurance providers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “USDA recognizes farmers and ranchers have been …

Randolph County Young Farmers Named 2020 Outstanding Young Farm Family

Clint Thompson Alabama

Written by Jeff Helms MONTGOMERY, Ala., Aug. 4 — Some of Alabama’s best and brightest young farmers were honored Aug. 4, despite restrictions which forced competitive events to be held via livestream. “Farming didn’t stop for coronavirus, so we wanted to make sure the Young Farmers Division had an opportunity to continue developing future leaders and recognizing outstanding members,” said …

How Did Isaias Affect Major Ag Commodities?

Clint Thompson Weather

When Hurricane Isaias made landfall in the Carolina’s, it brought heavy rain for some areas along its path which led to some flooding. Stephanie Ho reports on how the storm affected major crops grown in that region. Following the former Hurricane Isaias, the weather in that area of the country continues to be relatively tranquil.

July Ag Economy Barometer Results

Clint Thompson Coronavirus

Farmer sentiment in July was virtually unchanged from a month earlier, according to the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The index rose just one point to a reading of 118. The small change in the barometer left it 30% below its February 2020 peak and 23% below its level a year ago. Although there was little change in the …


Commissioner Fried to USDA Secretary: Expand CFAP to Include More Commodities

Clint Thompson Coronavirus, Florida

Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried wrote to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Tuesday, once again asking the USDA to expand eligibility for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to include additional agricultural commodities. On July 9, the USDA announced expanded CFAP eligibility that included many impacted Florida crops, but aquaculture and horticulture commodities were not …