Last week, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries informed poultry producers in the state that two cases of avian influenza (AI) had been found in Tennessee. And now, Alabama officials are investigating three possible cases of avian influenza in northern Alabama. During a press conference this morning, Commissioner John McMillan said the three possible cases are in Jackson, Lauderdale and Madison counties. Read the rest of this entry »
In our recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast for the week ending March 10th, we talk about avian influenza, family farms, have a peanut contract price update, exports of cotton, beef and pork, Read the rest of this entry »
A catastrophe of dire measure has struck our friends to the west as wildfires have swept across the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado since the early morning hours of Monday, March 6. Over 1 million acres have burned leaving 500,000+ acres in Texas, 833,000+ acres in Oklahoma, 630,000+ acres in Kansas and 35,000+ acres in Colorado scorched and barren. Thousands, if not tens-of-thousands, of cattle have fallen victim to the raging wildfires that were fueled by 60 mph winds, and a known seven people have lost their lives. Thousands have lost homes, fences, barns, hay…entire homesteads…in a matter of hours. Read the rest of this entry »
U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, left, visits with Marshall County farmer Corey Hill at the Congressional Barbecue in Washington, D.C. March 8.
Optimism filled the air as 140 Alabama farmers descended on the nation’s capital March 7-10, a stark contrast to trips during the previous administration, said Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell.
“Being in D.C. confirmed my belief that agriculture will experience real change under the Trump administration,” Parnell said. “We’ve seen this with his order to review the Waters of the U.S. rule and look for other improvements over the next few years.” Read the rest of this entry »
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama is still accepting proposals for Fiscal Year 2018 Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) funding, but only for just about six more weeks, as pre-proposals are due April 21. NRCS Assistant State Conservationist for Programs in Alabama, Steve Musser, has an example of a recent RCPP project through the Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee concerning soil quality.
During an annual event last week, dietitians from across Alabama were able to get an update on the latest information about the healthy aspects of beef. In the weekly update, Alabama Cattlemen’s Association’s Erin Beasley has the details.
In our recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast for the week ending March 3, we talk about the reasons for the expected increase in cotton acres this year, have information about RCRA, have a peanut price update, talk about birds spreading weeds, Read the rest of this entry »
A new tarping regulation for citrus loads was put on hold by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Ag leaders say the industry should still make plans to comply, since the rules will soon be enforced. An enforcement date has not been announced, but could come as soon as April 1. The new […]
More than 90 Florida citrus groves or former citrus groves were sold in 2016. Twenty four of the former groves are transitioning to other agriculture or to development. The sales are detailed in the Lay of the Land 2016 Market Report prepared by Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate (CBCSRE) in Lakeland. The report was […]