USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) released its September crop reports today, and Bianca Pruneda with NASS in Washington, D.C. says the cotton acreage estimate was increased some from last month’s report.
From the National Pork Producers Council:
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 12, 2016 – A federal appeals court Friday overruled a lower court decision to throw out a lawsuit brought by the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its release to environmental groups of personal information on tens of thousands of farmers.
In late 2015, a U.S. district court dismissed the NPPC-Farm Bureau suit for lack of standing. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in St. Louis ruled that “the associations have established a concrete Read the rest of this entry »
Now that Congress is back their biggest challenge with just weeks to go before the end of the fiscal year is to avoid another government shutdown. But with only eight weeks to go before the elections, Republicans and Democrats are split over how long into the new fiscal year to extend current funding, either into a lame-duck Congress or a newly-elected one.
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talks about the deadline extension for dairy producers to sign-up for MPP, we talk about mosquitoes and issues they can bring to livestock, National Chicken Month, fish farming, Read the rest of this entry »
On Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the investment of $26.6 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) into 45 projects that will spur innovative conservation initiatives on both rural and urban farms across the country. The investment is made through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program, which fosters innovation in conservation tools and strategies to improve things like on-farm energy and fertilizer use as well as market-based strategies to improve water quality or mitigate climate change. And some of those dollars are coming to Alabama and Florida. Read the rest of this entry »
Livestock producers are encouraged to attend the Central Alabama Beef & Forage Field Day October 7 in Shorter, Alabama. The event will be held at the E.V. Smith Research center from 9:00am-1:00pm, and will include updates that cattle producers can use to better their farm or ranch. Topics will include parasite control, the veterinary feed directive, weed control, research updates, along with record keeping and management. But pre-registrations are required, as the event is limited to the first 100 registrants. The fee is only $10 and registrations must be in by September 30th. To learn more contact Read the rest of this entry »
A company continues to test its automated lettuce transplanting system on the Central Coast. The Plant Tape system takes a lot of labor out of the transplanting process and company representatives say the process also increases yields.
From the National Corn Growers Association:
The Multi-Commodity Phenotyping Initiative kicked off joint activities by hosting an educational webinar for representatives from member organizations on the current state of phenotyping science and current U.S. government phenotyping programs. This first step, which was organized by the National Corn Growers Association, provided a strong foundation for the coalition moving forward.
The Initiative brings together groups representing citrus, corn, cotton, fruit tree, peanut, sorghum, soybean, sunflower, vegetable Read the rest of this entry »