georgia counties

Drought Developing in Parts of the Southeast

Clint Thompson Drought

There is growing concern among many landowners across the Southeast, especially in parts of Florida, with a potential drought expanding. USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey explains. Rippey shares how increasing drought development is impacting both municipalities and agriculture in Florida. But Rippey says Florida is not the only part of the Deep South experiencing drought development in recent days.

crp

More Than 3.4 Million Acres Selected for General CRP Signup

Dan Environment, Industry News Release

(USDA/FSA) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the acceptance of more than 3.4 million acres in the general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup recently completed, the first general signup enrollments since 2016. Through CRP, farmers and ranchers receive an annual rental payment for establishing long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees, to control soil erosion, improve water …

agricultural outlook

Cover Crops Helped Alabama Growers During Rainy Winter

Clint Thompson Alabama, Environment, Weather

By Clint Thompson Alabama farmers who utilized cover crops this winter protected their soil during times of excessive rainfall, according to Audrey Gamble, an assistant professor and Extension specialist at Auburn University. “I think it’s very obvious to see that we’ve had record rainfalls across the state, and that in fields where we had cover crops, it helped with preventing …

extension

COVID-19 Response: UF/IFAS Extension Statewide Uses Multiple Methods to Meet Floridians’ Needs

Dan Education, Environment, Florida, Industry News Release

(UF/IFAS) — From Homestead to Pensacola, UF/IFAS Extension agents and staff are using all tools necessary – including many virtual activities — to help businesses, neighbors and governments navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19. Here are some examples from UF/IFAS Extension county offices and Florida 4-H of our faculty assisting their communities around the state: Pinellas JP Gellerman, director of …

ncba

NCBA: Beef Business amid the COVID-19 Outbreak

Clint Thompson Beef, Environment

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) held a media conference call Wednesday to discuss the current state of the beef business amid the COVID-19 outbreak. NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs, Ethan Lane, provided an update on what NCBA is doing within the industry and in Washington, DC to ensure that beef continues to make it to consumers.

environmental

Bill Seeks to Add ‘Teeth’ to Environmental Laws

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Legislative

(NSF) — An increase in fines for environmental lawbreakers, a priority of Gov. Ron DeSantis, is heading to his desk. The House voted 115-0 on Thursday to give final approval to a proposal (HB 1091) that would make numerous changes in the amounts and duration of penalties for violating Florida environmental laws. The Senate also unanimously backed the bill earlier …

florida forever

Florida Forever to Get $100 Million

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release

(NSF) — Florida Forever, the state’s signature land-preservation program, will get a sizable, one-time boost in funding as lawmakers inched closer Sunday to patching together an estimated $92 billion budget for next fiscal year. House and Senate negotiators also agreed to keep alive an economic development fund backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis but cut spending on the program. The $100 …

environmental

House Approves DeSantis’ Call to Hike Environmental Fines

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Water

(NSF) — The Florida Legislature is close to approving Gov. Ron DeSantis’ push to boost fines on environmental lawbreakers. The House, with little comment, voted 106-0 on Friday to pass a proposal (HB 1091) that would make numerous changes in the amounts and duration of penalties for violating Florida environmental laws. The Senate put on hold a similar proposal (SB …

eqip

EQIP is the Workhorse of Conservation

Dan Environment, USDA-NRCS

Many landowners are familiar with EQIP, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. It provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns and deliver a variety of environmental benefits. According to NRCS Associate Chief, Kevin Norton, EQIP is the workhorse of conservation. Norton told Southeast AgNet that programs through EQIP are not just about traditional crop production. Learn more …