WASHINGTON, D.C., July 14, 2015 – American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman announced today that he will not seek reelection in January 2016 following 16 years at the helm of the nation’s largest, most influential general farm organization. Stallman, a cattle and rice producer from Columbus, Texas, is the 11th president during AFBF’s almost 97-year history. Read more on Stallman’s departure.
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report on preparing for the possible return of avian influenza this fall as well as details on how Cuban agriculture could affect Florida. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
Today, the House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015. The legislation will provide clarity and stability in the marketplace through national uniformity regarding marketing claims for products grown using the latest agricultural production technologies.
USDA recently released their monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report. And according to World Outlook Board Chair Seth Meyer, there weren’t many changes in the forecast for U.S. cotton production.
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we hear about testimony given to the Senate Ag Committee concerning Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, how Congress has work remaining concerning agriculture, why some residents are returning to their rural hometown and more.
Tyron Spearman has an update on this week’s peanut posted price and where things currently stand with any peanut contracts.
Friday will be the final day for events at the Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association’s 83rd Annual Meeting in Naples. Gary Cooper has information about some of the topics being discussed..
From the Georgia Peanut Commission:TIFTON, Ga. (July 9, 2015) U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and United States Trade Representative Michael Froman recently announced the appointment of Brenda Morris, peanut farmer from Ocilla, Georgia, to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and Don Koehler, Georgia Peanut Commission executive director, to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Read the rest of this entry »
More than 1,500 kinds of peanut plants are growing at the University of Florida’s Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra. And as Tyron Spearman reports, the crop is part of USDA’s germplasm network to maintain and research different types of one of the world’s most popular and nutritional legumes.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama wants landowners to know about a new web-based application that provides real-time monitoring of rainfall and other events that could pose potential threats to dam safety.
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Trade with other countries is of course very important to agriculture as a whole. And a trade deal linking 40 percent of the global economy remains on track for a potential agreement, as the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership are slated to meet later this month for the last round of talks.
The Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association’s 83rd Annual Meeting is taking place this week in Naples. The theme this year is “Waves of Change” as Gary Cooper is there and has this report.
From Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., was selected by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to be a member of the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) for Trade. Mangum was selected via a national competitive process.
In 1974, Congress established APAC to ensure that U.S. trade policy and negotiation objectives adequately reflect U.S. commercial and Read the rest of this entry »
Farmers who attend the annual Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day tomorrow, July 9, will get a chance to see demonstration plots, which contain the latest cutting edge research and visit with industry and university researchers to get up-to-date information on topics like new seed varieties, irrigation, soil fertility, forages and precision agriculture. Tyron Spearman has more.
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a discussion about how Future Farmers of America and ag education is furthering careers and a report informing dairy producers they can now enroll in USDA’s Margin Protection Program. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
From the National Cotton Council:
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Thirteen Southeastern cotton producers will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s San Joaquin Valley the week of July 12 as part of the National Cotton Council’s 2015 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program.
The participating producers are: Read the rest of this entry »