The 87th annual Alabama FFA State Convention took place this past week and State Advisor Jacob Davis gave a speech encouraging FFA Advisors and Ag Education teachers to go all out in their classrooms and encourage students to pursue a career in Ag Education.
Alabama producers in ten counties have until this coming Friday, June 19, to apply for a Regional Conservation Partnership Program project in collaboration with the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Today the House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 2620, a bill that amends the United States Cotton Futures Act to allow for the development of certain new cotton futures contracts.
Current law requires that 100% of the cotton tendered under a U.S.-listed cotton futures contract be sampled and graded (classed) by the USDA. This restriction has hampered the development of new Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes reports on how farmers can benefit from USDA grants, and how livestock farmers and other ag people have been granted a waiver from the Hours-of-Service rule. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
Last week the House of Representatives passed Trade Promotion Authority legislation, but failed to pass the Trade Adjustment Assistance package. That was required for the bill to move forward to the President’s desk and contained, among other things, Trade Promotion Authority. But as Gary Crawford reports, there may be another try in the coming days.
Newark, Del. — Richard Owen, vice president of global business development for Produce Marketing Association, issued the following statement praising the U.S. House of Representatives’ vote on the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA 2015):
With the opening of the public comment period regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut corn ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard by nearly 4 billion gallons, the National Corn Growers Association urges farmers and their family and friends to email their opposition to this proposal as soon as possible, before the July 27 deadline.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service new online portal tool, Conservation Client Gateway, allows producers to work with conservation planners online to access farm bill programs, request assistance and track payments for conservation activities.
From the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries:
Montgomery, AL – Growers and handlers of organic agricultural products now can recover part of the cost of their USDA certification. The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) will be allocated $15,800 to reimburse producers and handlers who either obtain or renew their organic certification in the federal fiscal year that ends September 30, 2015. The reimbursement covers 75 percent of certification costs, up to a maximum of $750.
The Organic Certification Cost Share Programs (OCCSP) reimburse eligible organic crop and livestock producers and handlers for Read the rest of this entry »
Today, the House passed H.R. 2289, the Commodity End-Users Relief Act, by a vote of 246-171. Introduced by House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11), Rep. Austin Scott (GA-8), and Rep. David Scott (GA-13), this bill reauthorizes the Read the rest of this entry »
Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued a statement after the House passed the following bills: H.R. 2051, the Mandatory Price Reporting Act, H.R. 2088, the United States Grain Standards Act Reauthorization Act, and H.R. 2394, the National Forest Foundation Reauthorization Act. All three bills were passed by voice vote. Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report on opposition to a proposal that would limit the number of entities on a farming operation as well as news on how warm weather is affecting avian influenza. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
The latest U.S. Department of Agriculture figures show the U.S. peanut crop is now over 90 percent planted. Tyron Spearman runs through the national numbers as well as where things stand in the Southeast.
Cotton planting in the Southeast is entering the final stages, while progress in other parts of the country really picked up this past week. U.S. Department of Agriculture meteorologist Brad Rippey says that progress was really seen in Texas, which helped the overall numbers.
The 87th annual Alabama State FFA Association Convention will be held this week as it takes place June 9-12. And State FFA President Will Graves says he is looking forward to the convention, and encourages young people not involved in FFA to join.
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we explain why the number of avian influenza cases in the U.S. has begun to decline, look at how some appose a proposal to limit the number of entities on farming operations, and how regulations on drones may delay development.