USDA Disaster Designation Assigned for Five Alabama Counties

Dan Alabama, Economy, Industry News Release

On November 16, 2018, United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that five Alabama counties are under Secretarial Natural Disaster Designation. He announced the declaration during a roundtable discussion with Congresswoman Martha Roby, Commissioner John McMillan and local farmers in Gordon, Alabama. The designation by USDA was prompted by excessive winds and rainfall from Hurricane Michael. The conditions caused …


USDA Invests to Support Military Veterans Pursuing Farming and Ranching Careers

Dan Economy, Education, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announces six awards to help military veterans pursue farming and ranching careers. Grants are made through NIFA’s Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Competitive Grants Program (AgVets). Section 760 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (H.R. 244, 115th Congress) provides funds to NIFA for AgVets to provide grants to …

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Farm Bureau Survey: Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Down for Third Straight Year

Dan Economy, Industry News Release, Poultry

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 33rd annual survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $48.90, or less than $5.00 per person. This is a 22-cent decrease from last year’s average of $49.12. “Since 2015, the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner has declined steadily and is …


October Tractor Sales Mostly Flat

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

Sales of tractors remained mostly flat in October while combine sales declined. According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturer’s October Ag Tractor and Combine Report, overall sales remained positive year-to-date. U.S. sales in October, compared to last year, of four-wheel-drive tractors were flat with a one-percent drop month-over-month. October year-to-date growth was 13.5 percent for four-wheel-drive tractors. Total U.S. sales …

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More Florida USDA Disaster Assistance Workshops Start Today

Dan Economy, Florida

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) wants to remind Florida producers affected by Hurricane Michael that disaster assistance and hurricane recovery workshops will take place this week in Liberty, Gulf, Wakulla and Bay counties. One meeting will be held today, November 13, in Liberty County from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center in Bristol. …


WHIP Signup Ends Friday

Dan Economy

Efforts continue to help Southeast producers affected by Hurricane Michael. But at the same time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to remind producers affected by hurricanes and wildfires last year, signup for assistance through the 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program ends this Friday, Nov. 16. Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce says producers need to sign up now if …


Estimated $1.5 Billion in Agricultural Damages Due to Hurricane Michael

Dan Economy, Florida, Industry News Release

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced that estimated agricultural damages due to Hurricane Michael total nearly $1.5 billion, with the timber industry bearing the brunt of the devastation at $1.3 billion in economic losses. “Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle, and many of Florida’s rural communities, which rely heavily on agriculture, took the worst hit. As we continue …

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Additional USDA Disaster Assistance Workshops Set for Hurricane Michael Recovery

Dan Economy, Florida

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is hosting disaster assistance and hurricane recovery workshops in Liberty, Gulf, Wakulla and Bay counties. These events are free and open to the public. Representatives from USDA will present information on the various disaster assistance programs and resources available for farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. Workshop topics include emergency assistance …