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New PLC and ARC Programs

Tyron Spearman has more information about the new Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage programs that were announced this week by USDA.


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USDA Implements New Farm Bill Provision for Peanut Producers

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a new peanut revenue policy that will be available for eligible peanut producers. The policy, approved by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) Board of Directors, paves the way for USDA’s Risk Management Agency to make it broadly available to producers for the 2015 crop year in all counties where yield-based insurance coverage is currently offered.

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New Programs to Help Farmers Manage Risk

Vilsack

Tom Vilsack

USDA has announced new programs designed to help farmers better manage risk. And according to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, farmers will have several important decisions to make over the next few months with the opportunity to make the first of those this coming Monday.


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USDA helped create online tools that allow farmers to enter information about their operation and see projections about what each program will mean for them under possible future scenarios. The new tools are available at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.

Plains Peanut Festival

Tyron Spearman has a reminder that the Plains Peanut Festival will take place this weekend.


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NACD Meets with EPA to Discuss Concerns on Proposed “Waters of the U.S.” Rule

From the National Association of Conservation Districts:

WASHINGTON, DC—September 25, 2015—National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) leadership met with representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today to express concerns on behalf of member conservation districts regarding the proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Unfortunately representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict.

“We appreciate the opportunity to be at the table to represent conservation districts on this important issue,” said NACD President Earl Garber. “Our goal in this meeting was to Read the rest of this entry »

Weather Conditions Slowing Peanut Harvest

Weather conditions over the past week have hampered peanut harvest, as Tyron Spearman has the story.


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Signup Deadline for Cotton Producers Nearing

Gary Adams

Gary Adams

Here’s a reminder for cotton producers: the signup period for the Cotton Transition Assistance Program for the 2014 cotton crop ends October 7. But Gary Adams, vice president of economics and policy analysis for the National Cotton Council, encourages producers to sign up before the end of September.


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Change to Peanut Posted Price

There was a change this week in the peanut posted price for one variety, but it does not affect growers here in the Southeast. Tyron Spearman explains what was changed and why.


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Georgia Cotton Specialists Look at Crop

cotton-rowsAs harvest season gets underway, the Georgia Cotton Commission is hoping for a good harvest for growers across the state. While some have started, others wait for that first day. And we get thoughts from a couple of University of Georgia cotton specialists about the crop, specifically dry land acres.


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FFA Sees Big Membership Increase

ffa-logoThe National FFA Organization has announced their membership has seen a big increase from last year.


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Southeast Coastal Plain Weather Event Expected This Week

Brad Rippey

Brad Rippey

While many of us in the Southeast have enjoyed cooler, fall-type temperatures the past few days, there is a weather situation brewing. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey explains what may happen for the Coastal Plain areas.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Citrus Support; Free BQA Certification

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes information on financial assistance for Florida citrus growers and how to get free BQA certification. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Cotton Incorporated Helping Grower Profitability

Kater Hake

Kater Hake

Kater Hake, vice president of agriculture research for Cotton Incorporated, takes a look at what the incorporated actually means in their name and how their efforts are geared towards grower profitability.


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Peanut Harvest and Export Update

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Peanut harvest is getting started in many areas as Tyron Spearman has an update on how it’s running thus far, along with a deeper look at how peanut exports are doing with the new crop starting to come in.


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USDA Appoints New Members and Alternates to National Peanut Board

Board member and alternate board member appointments for the National Peanut Board were announced recently, and Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Former Peanut Processor Convicted

It’s been more than five years since many folks became sick after eating salmonella-tainted peanut butter. But as Tyron Spearman reports, those involved with the Georgia plant where it was made has been convicted.


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Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program Now Accepting Applications from Private Landowners in Florida

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Tallahassee, FL –The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced today that the Florida Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program.

“Invasive cogongrass spreads quickly and aggressively and can cause long-term problems if left untreated,” said State Forester Jim Karels. “In addition to reducing the productivity and value of forests and rangelands, it can Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending September 19, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have stories concerning USDA awarding $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants, USDA making new financial assistance available to eligible Florida citrus growers, a reminder to cattle producers that they can now get BQA certified for free right now and more.

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U.S. Cotton Growers Facing Stiff Global Competition

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

Even though U.S. cotton growers may be picking a 28% bigger crop this year, exports of that cotton could fall 5% from last year. Gary Crawford explains why.


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Peanut Price and Harvest Update and Learning about Peanut Sampling

Tyron Spearman has an update on this week’s peanut price and how harvest is progressing, along with a story about how a few tour participants learned about new methods of peanut sampling this week.

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China Peanut Production is Down

According to reports, peanut production is China is down as Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Keep Fighting

chemical test tubes with plantsEverett Griner talks about how a chemical ban would destroy farming in today’s Agri View.


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Making Cotton Plants Water-Use Efficient

Ed Barnes

Ed Barnes

Ed Barnes is the director of agriculture and environmental research for Cotton Incorporated. Part of his research efforts for quite some time has been to make sure cotton plants are as water-use efficient as possible.


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Deadline for Acreage Sheets is September 26

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman has a reminder about a deadline coming up next week for some row crop farmers concerning information received earlier this summer.


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ASA Welcomes USDA Deregulation of Enlist Duo 2,4-D-Resistant Soybeans

From the American Soybean Association:

ST. LOUIS (Sept. 18, 2014) – In response to yesterday’s decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to deregulate Dow’s 2,4-D-resistant Enlist Duo soybeans, the American Soybean Association issued a statement cheering the move and calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to now quickly finalize the label for the new low-volatility Enlist Duo herbicide that can be utilized with these soybeans to control resistant and difficult to manage weeds. ASA also called upon foreign markets where U.S. soybeans are exported to Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Citizens Aware of Fight with Invasive Species

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

Invasive species continue to be an issue for not only those in agriculture, but for many people across Florida. And according to Dr. Jack Payne, senior vice-president for ag and natural resources at the University of Florida, many residents across the state are very aware of the issues being dealt with.


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Protecting Crops Biologically

Efforts are underway to protect crops biologically, as Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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Georgia Cotton Growers Looking Forward to Harvest

Lee Cromley

Lee Cromley

During last week’s UGA Cotton-Peanut field day in Tifton, I was able to catch up with Lee Cromley from Bulloch County and Matt Coley from Dooly County.
Matt Coley

Matt Coley

Both are growers who serve on the Georgia Cotton Commission, and they described how the crop looks in their area, starting with Cromley.


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Pasture and Rangeland Conditions Have Improved

Brad Rippey

Brad Rippey

As we near the end of the growing season, USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey notes that pasture and rangeland conditions across the country continue to improve in general.


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Peanut Exports Up in July

New numbers show peanut exports were up in July, as Tyron Spearman has the details.


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