USDA Releases Two-Year Strategy to Help Gopher Tortoise

Randall Weiseman Ag "Outdoors", Alabama, Forestry, General, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama is working with private landowners through a new two-year implementation strategy to help restore, enhance and protect longleaf pine forests not only in Alabama, but across the Southeast. It’s part of an ongoing effort to help the gopher tortoise rebound and combat the need for additional regulation of the species. Download Audio

Florida Forest Service Alerts Public to Heightened Wildfire Danger

Randall Weiseman Ag "Outdoors", Florida, Forestry, General, Industry News Release, Weather

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service are urging the public to use caution with all outdoor fires due to increased wildfire danger levels throughout the state. Dry conditions have sparked wildfires in many areas of the state recently and have threatened 20 …

Ag in Review for the Week Ending October 28, 2016

Randall Weiseman Ag "Outdoors", Alabama, Cattle, Education, Field Crops, Florida, General, Georgia, Livestock, Peanuts, Trade, Weather

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we look at a new nationwide presidential poll involving farmers and ranchers, provide information about an upcoming event for Southeast cattle producers, talk about drought conditions affecting pastures, TPP, Halloween peanut candy

Private Landowners Important to Gulf Coast Restoration Strategy

Randall Weiseman Ag "Outdoors", Alabama, Aquaculture, Cattle, Environment, Field Crops, General, Livestock, USDA-NRCS

A three year strategy was announced last month in the recovery efforts along the gulf coast from the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The plan is to improve water quality and ecosystem health along the five state region, and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama will be involved in the effort. Download Audio

Thursday is Beef Day at the Farmer’s Market in Montgomery

Randall Weiseman Ag "Outdoors", Alabama, Beef, Cattle, General, Industry News Release, Livestock

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries: MONTGOMERY, AL— Commissioner of Agriculture John McMillan and the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association will honor Montgomery Department of Public Safety personnel at Beef Day at the Farmer’s Market on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the State Farmer’s Market in Montgomery. October is Beef Month in Alabama and Beef …

More than 3,000 Acres of Economically, Environmentally Sensitive Ranch Land Preserved in Florida

Randall Weiseman Ag "Outdoors", Cattle, Environment, Florida, General, Industry News Release, Livestock

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Governor and Cabinet today unanimously approved the preservation of more than 3,000 acres of environmentally sensitive agricultural lands in Polk and Okeechobee counties, while allowing the land and agriculture operations to continue to contribute to Florida’s economy. The purchases are a part of the Rural and Family …

2016 USDA Drought Assistance Programs Available to Eligible Alabama Farmers

Randall Weiseman Ag "Outdoors", Alabama, Cattle, Field Crops, Forestry, General, Industry News Release, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops, Weather

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries: Montgomery, AL- As of October 20, 2016, 32 counties in Alabama have been designated as primary natural disaster areas and 15 additional counties are classified as contiguous counties by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) because of the recent drought. Due to a significant number of counties impacted by drought conditions, several …