Farm groups are already looking ahead to the next farm bill. Agriculture and commodity groups are starting meetings regarding issues facing agriculture that the groups deem important for the next farm bill, expected in 2018.
On Wednesday, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) released its report on the economic benefit of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to the U.S. economy. The ITC report noted the U.S. agriculture sector will increase output if TPP is passed.
It was announced this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that the first shipment of U.S. beef recently arrived in South Africa following the reopening of the South African market earlier this year.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama wants producers in two counties to know that May 31 is the deadline to apply for wetland reserve easement through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).
Josh White, executive director of producer education for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says producers who have yet to prepare for the Veterinary Feed Directive, now is a good time to do so as it starts at the end of this year.
Conserve Alabama is a new effort in the state to work with communities to conserve Alabama’s natural resources. Charles Holmes, Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee Board Member and Perry County farmer, told me he is proud of this effort.