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Voluntary Conservation Journey

Today, Cathy Isom has a story about how one farmer’s experience of voluntary conservation efforts have grown over a five decade period.


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Conservation Stewardship

For any farmer or landowner who has thought about taking part in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), now is a good time to act on that thought. Cathy Isom has more information on why.


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NCC Survey Suggests U.S. Producers to Plant 9.1 Million Acres of Cotton in 2016

From the National Cotton Council:

nccMEMPHIS, Tenn. – U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 9.1 million cotton acres this spring, up 6.2 percent from 2015, according to the National Cotton Council’s 35th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey. (see table below)

Upland cotton intentions are 8.9 million acres, up 5.7 percent from 2015, while extra-long staple (ELS) intentions of 208,000 acres represent a 31.2 percent increase. The survey results were announced Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama Legislature Opens 2016 Session

aac-logoThe 2016 Alabama legislative session got underway last week in Montgomery. And executive director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council, Leigha Cauthen, has an update on what transpired.


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Fire Ant Danger

fire antEverett Griner talks about fire ant control in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending February 12, 2016

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about the cotton industry’s disappointment in Agriculture Secretary Vilsack’s decision concerning making cottonseed eligible for USDA safety net programs, the signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal agreement by member nations, commodity certificates Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending February 5th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Chairman Conaway Rejects USDA Legal Analysis, Presses for Action

From the House Committee on Agriculture:

house-committee-on-agToday, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) sent a written reply to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s February 3 letter in which the Secretary denied the request of 100 members of Congress who sent a bicameral, bipartisan letter urging the Secretary to take urgent action to stave off a farm financial crisis in the cotton belt. The members of Congress urged the Secretary to use his legal authority to designate cottonseed as an eligible oilseed for purposes of the Farm Bill. Upon sending a written reply to Read the rest of this entry »

USDA to Offer Commodity Certificates

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Tyron Spearman

USDA announced that producers who have crops pledged as collateral for a marketing assistance loan can now purchase a commodity certificate that may be exchanged for the outstanding loan collateral. Tyron Spearman has more on that along with the latest information concerning peanut contracts being offered.


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Farmer Big Data

afbf-logoThe American Farm Bureau Federation wants to hear from farmers about using today’s technology. Cathy Isom reports that AFBF is encouraging all farmers and ranchers to take the online survey.


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USDA Investing More in Conservation Stewardship Program

USDAUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) wants farmers and landowners to know a signup period has been announced for 2016 funding through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). While NRCS accepts applications for CSP throughout the year, producers should submit applications by March 31 to ensure they are considered for enrollment in 2016.


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Dow Chemical to Cut More Jobs Ahead of DuPont Merger

Dow ChemicalDow Chemical Co. said this week that it will cut 500 more jobs as it speeds up cost reductions, ahead of its merger with DuPont, to counter the impact of a strong dollar and weak demand for agrichemicals and seeds.

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