In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we look at some of the key issues Congress should address, 30 agricultural organizations formed the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba, and we have stories about potatoes and wild meat.
(MEMPHIS, TN) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the appointment of 12 members and 14 alternates to The Cotton Board. The Cotton Board is made up of cotton producers and importers appointed by the Secretary to oversee the Cotton Research & Promotion Program. Read the rest of this entry »
Producers can improve the bottom line of their farming operation with knowledge, connections and information gained at the 39th annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference held at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center on January 15. Tyron Spearman has more.
We’ve told you this week marks the beginning of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s celebration of the International Year of Soils, which was actually designated by the United Nation’s General Assembly. And while you may be aware of USDA’s soil conservation efforts since the Dust Bowl, Rod Bain reports that this emphasis actually goes back to the start of the Department itself.
From the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries:
MONTGOMERY, AL – The Alabama Unmanned Aerial System Task Force met today to finalize details of the report that will be submitted to Governor Robert Bentley by January 15. 2015. The Governor established the task force on July 18, 2014, with the primary mission to study the requirements of UAV/UAS operations in the State of Alabama, meet with relevant stakeholders, and ultimately recommend a statewide plan for the use of Read the rest of this entry »
The National Corn Growers Association today joins U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and fellow farm and food organizations seeking to end the United States’ embargo against Cuba and advance trade relations between the two nations.
The U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba is composed of more than 30 U.S. agricultural and food organizations committed Read the rest of this entry »
Today Spearman reports on information given by a couple of University Agriculture Economists who look at how certain field crops and the livestock sector fared in 2014 and looks ahead at what we might expect this year.
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 7, 2015………. Environmentalists offered state lawmakers a possible funding breakdown that included springs preservation and land acquisition, as work began Wednesday to carve up the money Florida voters overwhelmingly said in November should go to conservation efforts.
Richey Seaton reminds cotton producers that the Georgia Cotton Commission’s 8th Annual Meeting, in conjunction with the UGA Cotton Production Workshop, is scheduled for Wednesday, January 28 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.
Assistant State Conservationist for Programs with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama , Steve Musser, says the Environmental Quality Incentives Program has been their flagship program in the past few farm bills.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida wants to remind producers that comment periods continue for both the Conservation Stewardship Program interim rule and the new rule published outlining improvements for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
Guy Collins, former UGA Extension Cotton Agronomist, now with North Carolina State University Extension, accepts the 2015 Cotton Specialist of the Year award. Collins was congratulated by Bayer CropScience cotton leadership, from left: Monty Christian, Steve Nichols, and Lee Rivenbark.
From Bayer CropScience:
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (January 6, 2015) – Guy Collins, Ph.D., Extension associate professor for cotton at North Carolina State University, is the 2015 Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year. Collins received the award at the Extension Cotton Specialist dinner and banquet on Jan. 6 during the 2015 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio.
The annual award and banquet has been a featured event at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences since 1984. Extension cotton specialists who represent every cotton-producing state select a winner annually based on leadership and industry service. The award has been sponsored by Bayer CropScience since 2008. Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes reports from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
You may hear some folks say unmanned aerial vehicles are just a fad and will never become reality for the market place. But according to Miles Thompson, president of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems Atlanta chapter, they are here to stay and will become a great benefit to many in agriculture.
The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance has launches a new video series on how farmers and ranchers tackle big jobs. The new How To Farm series launched last week illustrates different farming practices. The educational videos, which range between two to four minutes, highlight the Read the rest of this entry »
As 2015 gets underway, the University of Florida’s new president will also be getting started. UF’s Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Jack Payne, is pleased with who was hired for that position.