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USDA Designates 10 More Counties in Alabama as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Choctaw, Clark, Dale, Dallas, Henry, Houston, Marengo, Perry, Pike and Washington counties in Alabama as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Alabama also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Bullock, Chilton, Coffee, Crenshaw, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Sumter and Wilcox

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Florida, Georgia and Mississippi also qualify for natural disaster assistance Read the rest of this entry »

Peanut Count Continues

peanut-harvest-ford-2010Peanuts harvested continue to be counted, and Tyron Spearman has the latest numbers.


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Cotton Harvest Continues to Trail ‘Average’ Progress

Wideangle shot of cotton fieldThe national cotton harvest is still behind the 5-year average for this time of the year, despite some good progress in the nation’s biggest cotton state. Gary Crawford has the details.


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In Alabama, as of this past Sunday, Read the rest of this entry »

Direction Set for Beef Checkoff in Alabama

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association board of directors recently approved its 2017 Beef Checkoff marketing plan. In the weekly beef checkoff report, Erin Beasley says this allocates monies for both the national and state checkoffs.


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Kubota Hay Tools Performing for End Users

Dave Palmer

Dave Palmer

When it comes to hay and forage tools, Kubota has a lineup that is becoming very popular. Dave Palmer, senior product manager of Kubota hay and forage products, talks about that lineup and how it all started.


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To learn more about the Kubota hay tool lineup, go to Kubota.com.

Signup Continues for ARC and PLC

Val Dolcini

Val Dolcini

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a month ago that producers on farms with base acres under the safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, can begin visiting FSA county offices to sign contracts and enroll for the 2017 crop year. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini hopes producers will sign up for the 2017 program.


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Alabama NRCS Working to Help Producers during Drought

Ben Malone

Ben Malone

The drought, and lack of water for livestock has many producers in Alabama concerned right now. And USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama is very aware of the situation. Here’s Alabama State Conservationist Ben Malone.


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Registration Deadline Nearing for Corn and Wheat Course

The 2016 Alabama Corn and Wheat Short Course, at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center, will be held December 12-13. But registrations for the event need to be made by December 2.

Topics covered include irrigation, planting technology and density, herbicides, fertilizer, and more. Various farmers panels are also scheduled and continuing education units (CEUs) are available. To register click here.

Vilsack Leaving Office in Better Shape

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will see his time end in that position come January, but he recently looked back on his eight years in the office. A conversation with President Barack Obama made him think about whether or not he was leaving the office in better condition than when he took the job eight years ago. Vilsack says after thinking about the topic for some time, he feels it is in better shape.


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Alabama Cattlemen Approve Budgets

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell

The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association (ACA) board of directors met last week and approved the 2017 Beef Checkoff marketing plan. ACA Executive Vice President Dr. Billy Powell says the board also passed the budget for the ACA general fund.


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And during that meeting, Dr. Billy Powell announced his retirement plans. To learn more about that click here.

Farmland Prices May Drop 20 Percent

Plowed field and other farmland-2The price of American farmland may be heading for its first significant drop since the mid-1980s. MetLife Agricultural Finance says that based on certain measurements, market conditions are the worst they’ve been since the Farm Crisis.

Agri Money dot Com says land prices likely will fall 20 percent from the top end that was established early last year. MetLife, one of America’s largest ag mortgage lenders, said the slump Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama NRCS Looking at EQIP to Help Producers

USDA/NRCS

Drought conditions in Alabama are at the top of many minds right now, and some producers continue to look at ways to supply water for their livestock. While USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama does not have a disaster aid program, NRCS assistant state conservationist for programs, Steve Musser, explains how NRCS can help.


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