USDA Designates 10 Georgia Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Clint Thompson Georgia

Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties/Border States Also Available WASHINGTON, July 7, 2020 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 10 Georgia counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers who suffered losses due to recent natural disasters may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.  This natural disaster designation allows FSA to extend …

President Trump Addresses America’s Farmers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia

The National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB), which Southeast AgNet Radio Network is a member of, worked with officials from the White House to share remarks from President Donald J. Trump to the nation’s farmers, ranchers, and agricultural community. In his remarks, the President talks about the response to COVID-19, regulatory relief, market access, trade, his appreciation of the nation’s …

Florida Launches New Beef Campaign

Clint Thompson Beef, Cattle, Florida

The Florida Beef Council (FBC), through the national Beef Checkoff program, has launched a brand new beef promotion. FBC Director of Education & Promotion, DeAnne Maples, says it is called United We Steak. For more information about this Beef Checkoff promotion, contact the FBC office in Kissimmee at 407-846-4557.


Cotton, Peanut Crops on Par With Development

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Florida, Georgia, Peanuts

According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), cotton and peanut crops continue to develop. As a matter of fact, USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says there was some overall improvement in the nation’s cotton crop this past week. Rippey says the pace of cotton squaring and setting bolls is pretty much on par with the five-year averages. Rippey also …

Legislation Introduced to Improve Meat Processing Capacity

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Florida, Georgia, Industry

Last week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced the Requiring Assistance to Meat Processors for Upgrading Plants (RAMP UP) Act, which provides federal incentives to improve beef processing capacity. The RAMP UP Act authorizes federal grants up to $100,000 for existing meat processors to become federally inspected. Currently, state inspected and custom exempt processors cannot sell meat in interstate commerce …


Less Cotton in Georgia This Year

Clint Thompson Cotton, Georgia

When USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its 2020 planted acreage reports, it noted growers across the belt planted 12.2 million acres this year, which is down 11% from last year. In Georgia, producers planted 1.2 million acres of cotton this year, which is down from the 1.4 million acres last year. But Georgia Cotton Commission’s Taylor Sills told …


NCBA Leads Fight to Provide Additional Pandemic Relief for Cattle Producers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Cattle, Florida, Georgia

Last week, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) sent a letter to leaders on Capitol Hill thanking them for their efforts in supporting our Nation’s cattle producers through the Coronavirus Aid, Response, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It also urged them to continue their work by improving the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan …