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Alabama Hosts Cochran Fellowship Program Training

USDAThe state of Alabama was host to a recent training for folks from Haiti through the Cochran Fellowship Program. Lawrence McGhee, with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, explains.


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USDA Designates 8 Counties in Alabama as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Chambers, Franklin, Jefferson, Lamar, Lawrence, Marion, Randolph, and St. Clair counties in Alabama as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought.

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Alabama also qualify for natural disaster assistance because Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Designates 11 Counties in Georgia as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated eleven counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

Barrow, Dawson, Harris, Lumpkin, Pickens, Talbot, Troup, Union, Upson, Walton and White

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

Farmers Markets Must Visit List

Farmers MarketsWith more than 85-hundred farmers markets in the U-S, it could be a little hard to canvass them all in your lifetime. Cathy Isom tells you about the Farmers Markets you might want to put on your must-visit list. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more.

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week by Supporting Local Producers

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture
by Amelia Hines Dortch, NRCS Alabama

Gene Thornton

Gene Thornton

It’s a simple sign that has a pretty easy request, “Buy Fresh. Buy Local.”

It’s one that Gene Thornton hangs at his market stand each week at The Market at Ag Heritage Park on the Auburn University campus in Alabama. During market season, the sixth-generation farmer travels more than 40 miles from his small, organic farm in Roanoke to Auburn each week of market season. But he says the drive from Sneaky Crow Farm is worth it. To see more of this story click here.

Slight Improvement in Peanut Crop

peanuts-peggingAccording to the latest crop conditions report, there is a slight improvement in the peanut crop. Tyron Spearman has the numbers.


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Alabama Best Steak Contest Announces Elite 8

aca-best-steak-logo-2015Alabama’s Best Steak Contest has been underway the past few weeks, and Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association says the top eight restaurants have now been decided.


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House Leadership says No Reason to Hold TPP Vote

Agriculture trade concept with farm field landscapeU.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said last week that he saw no point in bringing up the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal for a vote during the lame-duck session of Congress.

According to Reuters, Ryan followed up the comment by saying it’s because “we don’t have the votes,” Read the rest of this entry »

Conservation Project in Alabama Converting Forests to Longleaf Pine

Steve Musser

Steve Musser

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, together with The Conservation Fund and its partner Resource Management Services, LLC, is working through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) on a project to convert forests to Longleaf Pine. Steve Musser, assistant state conservationist for programs for Alabama NRCS, says the project is the Coastal Headwaters Forests (CHF) Partnership.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending August 5, 2016

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have information about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), about USDA announcing safety net assistance for milk producers, have comments from the Cotton Board chairman on work to find more new uses for cotton, peaches, bees Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Livestock Market Report

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

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Alabama NRCS Sign-ups Underway for 2017 Programs

Steve Musser

Steve Musser

Steve Musser, assistant state conservationist for programs for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, wants producers to know that the service is now accepting applications for 2017 programs.


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