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Dee Named to Soybean Innovation Lab Advisory Board

by Marlee Moore, Alabama Farmers Federation

Annie Dee Soybean Innovation Lab Advisory Board

Annie Dee

Pickens County farmer Annie Dee was recently selected to serve on the Soybean Innovation Lab (SIL) Advisory Board, where she fills a pivotal role connecting U.S. farmers to the international development community.

Dee is a partner in Dee River Ranch near Aliceville, a family-owned and -operated 10,000-acre diversified farm. Dee said she knows U.S. soybean farmers can help solve global poverty, food security and economic stability through SIL’s goals of building profitable, resilient and food-secure smallholder farming communities worldwide.

Dee joins nine other members representing diverse backgrounds with experience in international agricultural development, humanitarian work, higher education, agricultural research and institutional capacity building. Read the rest of this entry »

House Agriculture Committee Discussing New Farm Bill

farm billThe push for a new farm bill has gotten off the ground quickly with announcements and commitments by leaders of the House Agriculture Committee in their first meeting of the 115th Congress. Read the rest of this entry »

CSP Signup Ends Friday

signup alabama florida georgia friday cspUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) wants to remind agricultural producers that the sign up for funding through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) ends this Friday, February 3rd. NRCS Associate Chief for Conservation, Leonard Jordan, says modifications were made to the program to help producers. Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama Cattlemen to Meet in Montgomery in Two Weeks

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While many cattlemen and women from Alabama are in Nashville, Tennessee this week for the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, work is also underway for final planning of the annual Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show. Erin Beasley says the annual event is just two weeks away as it will be held February 15-16 in Montgomery. Read the rest of this entry »

40 Percent of Farms Managed by Multiple Operators

American AgricultureNew data released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows nearly 40 percent of all U.S. farms are managed by more than one operator. USDA’s Economic Research Service says in 2015, 39 percent of the more than 800,000 U.S. farms had secondary operators.

USDA says commercial-sized farms often require more management and labor than an individual can provide. Also, additional operators Read the rest of this entry »

Record Turnout for ASTA Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference

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The American Seed Trade Association 56th Annual Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference concluded Tuesday at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida. AgNet Media was at the convention and spoke with ASTA president and CEO Andy LaVigne about the record turnout at this year’s conference. Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending January 27, 2017

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn our recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast for the week ending January 27, we discuss the fact many folks are in Orlando this weekend for the American Seed Trade Association’s (ASTA) 56th Vegetable and Flower Seed Conference, talk about the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show coming up in Nashville, Tennessee, that Peanut Proud is accepting donations of money and product for those affected by the devastating storms and tornadoes, Super Bowl food, weather Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Livestock Market Report

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Here are the Alabama and Georgia livestock market reports for the week ending January 27th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states. Read the rest of this entry »

Landowner Wins Case against Army Corps

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

beef-usa-logoWASHINGTON (Jan. 27, 2017) – Earlier this week, landowners scored a victory when a federal district court ruled against the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) for incorrectly claiming jurisdiction over private property. The Corps had claimed a piece of property owned by Hawkes Company, and used by Hawkes to harvest peat, was a “waters of the United States” which requires a federal dredge and Read the rest of this entry »

CSP Signup Ends February 3

signup alabama florida georgia friday cspAgricultural producers are being reminded you have until February 3 to sign up for funding through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). NRCS Regional Conservationist for the Southeast, James Tillman, says funding is available and new methods and software for evaluating applications have been put in place to help producers. Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama Cattlemen Attending National Convention Next Week

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The 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show is taking place next week in Nashville, and according to Erin Beasley, the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association will be well represented. Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show Coming February 9

peanuts-2Peanut farmers across the Southeast are urged to mark February 9 on their calendar. As Tyron Spearman reports, that will be the date for this year’s Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show. Read the rest of this entry »

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