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Alabama FFA Advisor Encourages Careers in Ag Education

ffa-logoThe 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.


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Alabama Irrigation Project Signup Deadline is Friday

usda-logoAlabama 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.


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More information is available on the Alabama NRCS website.

House Agriculture Committee Approves Bill to Amend the U.S. Cotton Futures Act

From the House Committee on Agriculture:

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 »

Southeast AgNet This Week: Benefits for Farmers Markets; Ag Gets Waiver

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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.

Peanut Price and Loan Update

Tyron Spearman provides a peanut price and loan update.


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The Battle in the House over Trade Policy is Not Over

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

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.


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Strong Peanut Export Numbers

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The latest numbers indicate U.S. peanut exports continue to do well, as Tyron Spearman has the details.


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PMA Praises the U.S. House Support of Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority

From the Produce Marketing Association:

pmaNewark, 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):

“We are well aware the process is not finished. We’re pleased the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of Read the rest of this entry »

Comment Period Opens – Tell EPA the RFS Works

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.


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El Nino – Friend or Foe to U.S. Cotton Producers?

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

World weather patterns and Chinese cotton policies could have major impacts on prices for U.S. cotton growers. Gary Crawford has more.


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National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

peanut-butter-cookiesToday is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day and Tyron Spearman has the details about this tasty event.


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Doing Business with NRCS with New USDA Online Tool

usda-logoUSDA’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.


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USA Peanut Congress Starts Saturday

The annual USA Peanut Congress starts this coming Saturday and Tyron Spearman has a look at what to expect at this year’s event.


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Peanut Road Tour

The Peanut Road Tour made a recent stop in Atlanta and Tyron Spearman has the details.


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ADAI Now Accepting Applications for USDA Organic Cost Share Programs

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 »

House Passes CFTC Reauthorization Bill

From the House Committee on Agriculture:

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 »

House Passes Three Agricultural Measures

From the House Committee on Agriculture:

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 »

Southeast AgNet This Week: Limiting Farm Entities; Weather and Bird Flu

Southeast-AgNet-THIS-WEEK-sToday’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.

Peanut Crop Over 90 Percent Planted

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

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.


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Cotton Planting Nearly Complete

Brad Rippey

Brad Rippey

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.


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Continuing to Sell Peanut Butter

Tyron Spearman has a story about how one company continues doing what it can to sell more peanut butter.


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Alabama FFA President Looks Forward to Convention

Will Graves

Will Graves

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.


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Cotton Grower Enrollment Low in New STAX Program

cottonMost cotton growers are not in the new Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) program, and one grower gives his opinion on some possible reasons why that is. Gary Crawford has the story.


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NRCS Alabama Announces Signup for Project to Address Irrigation Efficiency

usda-logoProducers in 10 Alabama counties can apply for a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) project in collaboration with the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending June 5, 2015

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.

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Peanut Research Institution Agreement

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman has information about an agreement reached by the National Peanut Board concerning the Peanut Research Institution Agreement .


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Alabama Legislative Session Comes to an End

aac-logoThe 2015 Alabama legislative session came to an end yesterday. Alabama Agribusiness Council’s Leigha Cauthen explains what happened.


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Canada and Mexico May Soon Request COOL Retaliation

Canada and Mexico later this month will ask a World Trade Organization panel to allow tariffs on some U.S. exports in retaliation for Country of Origin Labeling. Rod Bain has the story.


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Opposition to Limiting the Number of Entities on a Farming Operation

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

There is a proposal to limit the number of entities on a farming operation. Southeast AgNet’s Tyron Spearman reports that there are some who are opposing this.


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Farm Equipment Sales Sag as Farmers Tighten Their Belts

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

When farmers suffer, so do the makers and sellers of farm equipment. Gary Crawford has the story.


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