From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date. Livestock producers that have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible for benefits but have not yet contacted their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office should do so as soon as possible.
The Budget Control Act passed by Congress in 2011 requires USDA to implement reductions of Read the rest of this entry »
This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports concerning EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, how dry conditions are affecting the peanut crop, and a look at sustainability.
While year to year farm income forecasts are expected down this year, there was improvement noted from the February estimates. Rod Bain has the story.
You heard us over the years promote the Beef Quality Assurance program and the importance for producers to be certified. Well for those of you who aren’t, good news as for the third time, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) is supporting the checkoff-funded BQA program by sponsoring all online certifications this fall for producers who enroll. This free offer starts September 1st and runs through October 31st.
So starting on September 1, to become BQA certified for free, visit www.BQA.org/team.
The American Farm Bureau Federation is asking a federal judge to decide without trial, whether the Environmental Protection Agency can share producers’ personal data with environmental groups and others.
From the National Milk Producers Federation:
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – The new margin protection insurance program for dairy farmers, which was developed by the National Milk Producers Federation and enacted in the 2014 Farm Bill, was formally unveiled today by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. NMPF said it is pleased with the overall provisions of the new program, and urged farmers to begin familiarizing themselves with what will be a “valuable tool” to help manage farms’ financial risks in the future.
“Today’s release of the new dairy program’s details is the culmination of five years of work by NMPF, the nation’s dairy cooperatives and other Read the rest of this entry »
Everett Griner talks about options we have for meat consumption in today’s Agri View.
In our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know a recent study shows each dollar invested in the Beef Checkoff Program returns about $11.20 to the beef industry? Jimmy Maxey, vice-chair of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, was very pleased when he heard this news.
To learn more about your beef checkoff go to mybeefcheckoff.com.
From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:
WASHINGTON (Aug. 27, 2014) –The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology released maps today of waters and wetlands the Environmental Protection Agency has to-date refrained from making public. After multiple requests, the Agency finally handed over the maps to the committee, which appear to detail the extent of the “Waters of the United States” proposal.
“Given the astonishing picture they paint, I understand the EPA’s desire to minimize the importance of these maps,” said Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Science Committee, in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “But EPA’s posturing cannot explain away the Read the rest of this entry »
USDA has raised its price forecast for beef and pork consumed at home this year.
USDA continues to seek input on the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Released once every five years, the census provided detailed data covering agriculture down to the county level.
To learn more and to access the complete 2012 Census of Agriculture results, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov.
All this week, the Extension Professional Associations of Florida are conducting their annual conference in Panama City Beach. Dr. Jack Payne, senior vice-president for ag and natural resources at the University of Florida, says it’s a great event to get all of these extension agents together.
More information about the Extension Professional Associations of Florida is available on their website.
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week features multiple viewpoints on the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule as well as details on programs for cottons growers. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
We told you yesterday that the Wall Street Journal had reported the World Trade Organization will side with Canada and Mexico regarding Country of Origin labeling. But, the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association issued a statement that while the article is notable, the World Trade Organization isn’t expected to release its report publicly until next month.
The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association recently presented Perdido River Farms of Atmore with an Environmental Stewardship Award. Perdido River Farms General Manager John English says the work they have done with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama has helped them to achieve the practices they have on their operation.