In our weekly recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about new funds that are now available for landowners wishing to protect various land types through conservation easements, tax extenders, peanuts and trade, which type of turkey to buy for your Thanksgiving feast, bacon and more.
Cathy Isom tells us about the program giving women the opportunity to be the voice of agriculture. Now in its ninth year, American Farm Bureau Federation’s Women’s Communications Boot Camp is helping its members take their messages of farming to the public. Recent industry studies show women are the most trusted voice when it comes to ag. Maybe it’s because women are the ones who are more in charge of food when it comes to our homes.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the availability of $350 million to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands. NRCS Assistant Chief Leonard Jordan says funds are now available for landowners wishing to protect various land types through conservation easements
Just a year ago we were talking about tax extenders and other end of the year issues many in agriculture were concerned about. And according to Kent Bacus, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Associate Director of Legislative Affairs, that conversation is happening again this year.
Beef and dairy producers and being reminded that today. November 20, is the deadline to become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)certified for free online. And as an added bonus, anyone who becomes certified during this period is eligible to win a prize package, courtesy of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. and the BQA program, funded in part by the beef checkoff.
Cathy Isom continues her series on car insurance telling us to know our coverage when it comes to auto insurance. When shopping around for the best auto insurance, one thing to consider is that every state has a minimum coverage required by law. What you find, if you are in any kind of serious car accident or semi serious car accident a lot of times the costs can be way higher than that. If you just have the minimum coverage for your state what you’ll find is that the insurance will cover that much and then you’ll have to foot the bill for the rest. Your out of pocket cost could be upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars. What experts recommend for car insurance is that you buy a lot higher than the state minimum.
The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association fall quarterly board meeting is taking place today at the ACA building in Montgomery. Producers from across the state are on hand to discuss the proposed budget for both the association and beef checkoff program for 2016.
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 19, 2015 — The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 30th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $50.11, a 70-cent increase from last year’s average of $49.41.