hurricane

FFBF Provides Hurricane Damage Tax Rebates Webpage

Dan Florida

At the end of the 2018 Florida Legislative Session last month, the House and Senate passed a tax package that provides relief for farmers and property owners impacted by Hurricane Irma. Then less than two weeks later, Governor Rick Scott signed the tax-cut package, HB 7087, which authorizes many things. It offers tax breaks on agricultural fencing materials purchased for …

avian influenza

Alabama State Vet on Fighting Avian Influenza

Dan Alabama, Poultry

While it’s been a winter that doesn’t seem to want to end, temperatures are starting to warm up. But those in the poultry industry continue to think about Avian Influenza. Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries State Veterinarian, Dr. Tony Frazier, urges industry folks to continue concentrating on biosecurity. Alabama State Vet on Fighting Avian Influenza

national sorghum

National Sorghum Producers Disappointed in China Antidumping Determination

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

National Sorghum Producers expressed the organization is “deeply disappointed” in the preliminary antidumping determination issued by China’s Ministry of Commerce. China slapped a 179 percent tariff on U.S. sorghum imports. China is the largest buyer of U.S. sorghum products, purchasing more than $900 million worth last year. National Sorghum Producers released a statement Tuesday, saying U.S. sorghum producers and exporters …

japan

Ethanol Organizations Applaud Japan Policy Shift To Allow Use Of U.S. Ethanol

Dan Energy, Industry News Release

Ethanol and trade groups are applauding the news that Japan will allow imports of a gasoline additive made from U.S. corn-based ethanol. The change comes as part of Japan’s update of its existing sustainability policy, approved in 2010, in which only sugarcane-based ethanol was eligible for import and which only allowed sugarcane-based ethanol for the production of ETBE, an oxygenate …

hay shortage

Thune Seeks Livestock Indemnity Program Changes

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock

South Dakota Senator John Thune has asked the Department of Agriculture to make urgent changes to the Livestock Indemnity Program to assist farmers and ranchers. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Thune says a series of winter storms across the upper Midwest in March and April, the peak lambing and calving months for many livestock producers, has taken …

house

Ending Payment Limits Could Cause Farm Consolidation

Dan Economy, Farm Bill, Industry News Release

The farm bill draft released by the House Agriculture committee includes provisions that “would reverse decades of precedent,” and usher in an era of “unlimited farm subsidies for the nation’s largest mega-farms,” according to the National Sustainable Ag Coalition. The coalition calls the farm bill a “brazen attempt to undo years of statute for the benefit of the nation’s largest …

farmers

Farmers Have Other Concerns Than Farm Bill

Dan Economy, Farm Bill, Industry News Release, Trade

Farmers are more concerned with trade and being burdened with over-regulation, rather than the farm bill, according to one U.S. Senator. Republican Roy Blunt of Missouri said during a Senate hearing last week that “the farm bill never came up” during a recent listening session with farmers in his state, as pointed out by the Food and Environment Reporting Network. …

kentucky cattle

Agri View: Kentucky Cattle

Dan Agri View, Cattle

Everett Griner talks about Kentucky cattle in today’s Agri View. Everett looks at the cattle production in Kentucky compared to the United States and other southern states. Kentucky Cattle You know, there is a lot of cattle raised east of the Mississippi River. Nothing like Texas and Oklahoma. But, an impressive number in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. They all came …