Today Spearman reports on information given by a couple of University Agriculture Economists who look at how certain field crops and the livestock sector fared in 2014 and looks ahead at what we might expect this year.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 8, 2015 – On January 2, the Joint Poultry Industry Human Resources Council filed comments opposing the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) proposal to require federal contractors to submit yet another regulatory report, the so called annual “Equal Pay Report.” The OFCCP was originally created to enforce, for the benefit of job seekers and wage earners, the contractual promise of Read the rest of this entry »
In our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Sean Sexton from Vero Beach, Florida says he is truly is a believer in the beef checkoff and has been ever since it started.
Assistant State Conservationist for Programs with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama , Steve Musser, says the Environmental Quality Incentives Program has been their flagship program in the past few farm bills.
Guy Collins, former UGA Extension Cotton Agronomist, now with North Carolina State University Extension, accepts the 2015 Cotton Specialist of the Year award. Collins was congratulated by Bayer CropScience cotton leadership, from left: Monty Christian, Steve Nichols, and Lee Rivenbark.
From Bayer CropScience:
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (January 6, 2015) – Guy Collins, Ph.D., Extension associate professor for cotton at North Carolina State University, is the 2015 Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year. Collins received the award at the Extension Cotton Specialist dinner and banquet on Jan. 6 during the 2015 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio.
The annual award and banquet has been a featured event at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences since 1984. Extension cotton specialists who represent every cotton-producing state select a winner annually based on leadership and industry service. The award has been sponsored by Bayer CropScience since 2008. Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes reports from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance has launches a new video series on how farmers and ranchers tackle big jobs. The new How To Farm series launched last week illustrates different farming practices. The educational videos, which range between two to four minutes, highlight the Read the rest of this entry »
We told you a few days ago that USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will be surveying farmland owners to measure financial impacts and challenges of land ownership. And according to the manager of the NASS Economic and Environmental Survey Section, Shiela Corley, those surveys have been sent.
2014 is over, and while many discussions were had about various end-of-the-year issues those in agriculture were hoping Congress would take care of, one issue that was missing this year compared to the past was the death tax. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall is glad it’s an issue we did not have to deal with at the end of the year, but it is still an issue.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has extended the public comment period on the Conservation Stewardship Program interim rule to January 20, 2015. In a news release, NRCS Chief Jason Weller said “This extension will provide stakeholders with additional time to comment on the CSP interim rule. At nearly 70 million acres, CSP is the Read the rest of this entry »
The recent election of agricultural producers to serve on Farm Service Agency county committees was important to all farmers and ranchers, whether they have a large or small operation. FSA Administrator Val Dolcini says each year every eligible ag producer is encouraged to participate in these elections because FSA county committees are a link between local ag communities and USDA.
In this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Betts Berry from Chickamauga, Georgia has information about how the beef checking is working to educate consumers.
The American Farm Bureau plans to again tackle immigration, regulatory issues, GMO trade and other initiatives in 2015. AFBF’s Dale Moore says the big issues for agriculture have not gone away, and immigration reform is one of them.