The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) has released the final production figures from the 2014 cotton crop. Angie Considine with NASS in Washington, D.C., reports that the crop was up 26 percent from the previous year.
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about new dollars coming to Alabama, Florida and Georgia through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, how to get rid of old paint, oil and other chemicals, and an interesting story about tomato varieties.
TIFTON, Ga. (May 8, 2015) TIFTON, Ga.-The Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) board of directors has approved $357,570 in research project funding for the 2015-16 research budget year. This action was taken during the commission’s March and April board meetings. The research projects Read the rest of this entry »
When the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its planting intentions report at the end of March, it noted there would be a 9 percent increase in overall peanut acres this year with Georgia indicating a 20 percent increase. But as Tyron Spearman reports, some are asking farmers not to increase their acreage too much.
Getting the message out about Georgia cotton is something the Georgia Cotton Commission does on a regular basis. And the Commission’s Richey Seaton says a good example of that is working with school students.
The National Corn Growers Association today thanked Senators Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) for introducing a bill to expand the volatility waiver for E15 ethanol, ultimately increasing consumers’ access higher blends of ethanol year-round.
“We applaud Senators Donnelly, Grassley, and Fischer for their bipartisan efforts to increase the market for ethanol producers and Read the rest of this entry »
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, May 6, 2015………. Legislative leaders agreed Wednesday on the dates for a special session to hammer out a compromise on the state budget, as the federal Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report on millions of dollars of U.S. Department of Agriculture funding being made available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program as well as a beef checkoff challenge producers can participate in. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
USDA continues to remind farmers that the 2014 Farm Bill requires you to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form, with your local USDA service center in order to become or remain eligible for crop insurance premium support. Risk Management Agency Administrator Brandon Willis explains the conservation compliance certification needed and who needs to fill out this form .
It’s been a good stretch of days for farmers trying to get seed in the ground, as ideal conditions for planting have been found not only in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, but other parts of the country as well. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey first has a look at cotton numbers thus far.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today an investment of up to $235 million to improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the funding is being made available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the newest conservation tool of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Some are calling it a messy end to the 2015 Florida legislative session, but whatever your description, Sam Ard, director of governmental affairs for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, says it was kind of a weird wrap-up.
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we update Farm Bill implementation, look at action that took in the U.S. House and Senate, and talk about how recent wet weather and current crop prices may have some farmers changing thoughts about what to plant.
Alabama lawmakers were only in session two days this past week, which was week 8 of the 2015 legislative session. Executive Director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council, Leigha Cauthen, explains what took place along with updating a couple of bills of interest to agriculture.