WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the following statement:
“On this National Agriculture Day, we acknowledge the impact of American agriculture on our daily lives and our nation’s economy. We thank the scientists, conservationists, farmers and ranchers dedicated to the work that feeds the nation and helps to keep us safe. Their work touches the lives of all Americans – from the farm field to the kitchen table and from the air we breathe to the energy that powers our country. Read the rest of this entry »
On Tuesday, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Past President and Astoria, Illinois cattleman Steve Foglesong testified before the House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry at their hearing titled, “Waters of the U.S. Rulemaking and its Impact on Rural America. Afterwards, Chase Adams talked with Foglesong about what all he discussed.
Today is National Agriculture Day across the country, and as we celebrate this annual event, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is reporting that family-owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry. The latest data comes from the Census of Agriculture farm typology report which helps shine some light on the question, “What is a family farm?”.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Cotton Council (NCC) Chairman Sledge Taylor testified here today that a rule proposed by the EPA and Corps of Engineers to define “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act would require costly federal permits for many commonplace and essential farming practices.
Emphasizing that this rule will have a significant impact on rural America and production agriculture, Taylor stated, “This will result in farmers like myself being forced to endure even more costly regulations and Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report on the status of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in Georgia as well as a reminder on some important end-of-month deadlines. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
Steve Musser with USDA’S Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama reminds eligible landowners with expiring Conservation Stewardship Program contracts that a renewal option is available through March 31, 2015.
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have an update concerning work being done on transportation issues, talk about March 15th being the deadline for spring crop growers to sign up for crop insurance, provide information about peanut consumption rising overseas, and look at another farm icon that’s vanishing.
A group of U.S. producers and other industry leaders recently traveled to Shanghai and Tokyo for the U.S. Meat Export Federation Market Expo, a market education program designed to give USMEF members an opportunity to observe international marketing activities for U.S. red meat and to learn more about the business climate in specific international markets. Joe Schuele has more on that story.
From UF/IFAS GAINESVILLE, Fla. – How do you address all of the issues associated with feeding the world’s estimated 9 billion people by the year 2050? One way is to share great ideas and that’s exactly what more than 700 University of Florida students faculty, community members, industry professionals, and policy makers will be doing Friday at ONE WORLD, an event being held by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Challenge 2050 Project.
In this week’s BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs, Auburn University’s Frank Owsley is pleased that producers can go through the BQA certification process online for free. And he encourages you to do so before this offer expires on April 15th.
USDA reminds farmers the one-time extension to update your yield history or reallocate base acres expires March 31, the same day you need to have your choice made between the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini says ARC and PLC are complicated programs.
Today Cathy Isom checks into special training for a safer dining experience. When dining out – you’re probably thinking good food – something within in the family budget – fast – casual. But food safety is probably the farthest thing on your mind. And – the people who are handling your meal.
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes an update on the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in Georgia and news about a seed company supporting a University of Florida project. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
The Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo will take place March 19-21 at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery, and according to Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, they will once again host the Cowboy Cookoff that Saturday, March 21.