WASHINGTON, November 15, 2013 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Agriculture Under Secretary Elisabeth Hagen today made the following statements on Under Secretary Hagen’s departure from USDA:
Statement from Under Secretary Hagen
“Today I am announcing that I will be embarking in mid-December on a new challenge in the private sector. I am grateful to Secretary Vilsack for the opportunity to serve as Under Secretary for Food Safety and be part of his leadership team. I also Read the rest of this entry »
With the increase of corn acres in our area, Reed Mayberry, senior corn marketing manager for DuPont Pioneer, says they are excited to introduce a new class of hybrids specifically targeted to southern U.S. growing environments
In Specialty Crop News from the Southeast AgNet, Well in a recent speech regarding the economy given in New Orleans – The farm bill is on the top of the list of things President Barack Obama believes Republicans and Democrats can join together to do to make progress in the area of business growth and job creation.
Farm bill conference committee members have a tight schedule to merge the House and Senate versions of the bill into something Congress can agree on and the President will sign. But committee member Steve Southerland from Florida took the time to talk to Southeast AgNet recently about his optimism regarding completing the farm bill, his thoughts on the nutrition title and more.
Energy expenses often take up a large portion of a farmer’s input cost, but Mark Leitman director of business development and marketing for the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), says they have incentives available for farmers wanting to try a less expensive option, propane.
It is no secret that passing a new farm bill has been a struggle for the past couple of years, and farm bill conference committee member, Mike Rogers from Alabama believes it is important to get this year’s farm bill right, saying it could be the last one that passes for decades.
According to USDA, peanut production will be a bit higher than the September numbers showed. Tyron Spearman has those figures along with an update of how some of the other row crops fared in the November report.
The National Agriculture Statistics Service released their long-awaited crop reports today, revealing steady numbers from the September forecast, that put us well below the 2013 numbers. With more on the November forecast we have Angie Considine with USDA NASS in Washington, D.C.
Bo Warren, director of business development with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, says renewals for the second year of the Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption (GATE) program are currently underway.