deere

Deere Slowing Production of Farm Equipment

Dan Economy

John Deere says it will slow production output at certain facilities by as much as 20 percent year-over-year during the second half of 2019. Reasons for the decision range from trade uncertainty to a host of other issues pressuring the Ag industry. Director of Investor Relations Josh Jepsen says output reductions will mainly focus on large equipment in the North …

commissioner

Nikki Fried Urges Immediate Action by U.S. Senate on Disaster Relief

Dan Economy, Field Crops, Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release, Legislative, Livestock

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried urged the U.S. Senate to take immediate action on long-overdue Hurricane Michael relief. With both chambers set to adjourn on Friday until June 3, Fried asked senators to send a bipartisan disaster assistance package to the President’s desk before the end of the week. The U.S. House passed a bipartisan disaster bill on May 10. …

panel

Panel Advocates for Florida Ag to Florida Delegation

Dan Economy, Exports/Imports, Florida, Forestry, Trade

A panel of Florida agricultural leaders had a unique opportunity on May 16 to discuss Florida agriculture issues in front of the Florida delegation in Washington, D.C. The panel mainly focused on two topics: hurricane relief dollars and the impact of the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) on Florida produce. Led by delegation co-chairs, Alcee Hastings and Vern Buchanan, Florida’s …

commissioner

Commissioner Nikki Fried Addresses Florida Congressional Delegation in Washington

Dan Economy, Florida, Industry News Release

Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried appeared before Members of Congress from Florida to discuss key issues facing the agriculture industry. At the invitation of delegation co-chairs U.S. Rep. Alcee L. Hastings and U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, Fried spoke on a panel alongside industry group leaders from the Florida Farm Bureau Federation, the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, and the Florida Forestry Association. Commissioner Fried raised …

senate

Senate to Vote on Disaster Relief Next Week

Dan Economy

Disaster aid is before the U.S. Senate as lawmakers are working to break the political logjam over urgently-needed assistance for farmers hurt by storm damage. This includes those here in the Southeast affected by Hurricane Michael last October. While the House did pass a disaster bill last week, congressional leaders and the White House have been discussing a bipartisan bill that …

loan program

Farm Leader Salutes Gov. DeSantis for Hurricane Recovery Loan Program

Dan Economy, Florida, Industry News Release

Florida Farm Bureau President John L. Hoblick has expressed his appreciation for the decision by Gov. Ron DeSantis to authorize a major state loan program for farm families struggling with recovery from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Michael. “We thank Governor DeSantis for his bold leadership in initiating this program,” Hoblick said. “Six months after the storm crushed the region, …

trade aid

New Trade Aid Likely Days Away

Dan Economy, Industry News Release, Trade

Department of Agriculture officials say support for farmers dealing with depressed markets will be made available quickly. President Donald Trump has promised farmers $15 billion in aid following the latest round of tariffs implemented Friday. Speaking to farm broadcasters Tuesday, a slew of USDA officials discussed the new aid being prepared for farmers. USDA undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural …

disaster

Disaster Relief Still Not Here; Officials Frustrated

Dan Economy

There was still no word about a disaster-aid relief package as last week ended and frustration built. Georgia Representative Austin Scott had some choice words for the current administration about the situation. During a subcommittee meeting, Scott said, “When things are then handed off to people at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), who consider the American farmer and …