The 2015 USDA Planting Intentions Report was released today. In Georgia, acreage is expected to total 1.10 million acres, down from 1.38 million acres last year. In Alabama, growers intend to plant 300,000 acres, down 50,000 acres from last year. Florida growers expect to plant 90,000 acres, down 17,000 acres from 2014.
Angie Considine with the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service gives the report.
Farmers are being reminded the deadline to update their yield history or reallocate base acres is now Tuesday, April 7. That is also the same day farmers need to have their choice made between the Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs. USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini explains the difference between the two.
WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
We are down to the final few days in the 2015 Georgia Legislative Session, and according to Georgia Agribusiness Council’s Bryan Tolar, the issue of wild hogs in the state is one discussion catching the attention of many lawmakers.
WASHINGTON, March 26, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack appointed three producers and four industry representatives to serve on the Peanut Standards Board. Six members will serve on the board through June 30, 2017. A seventh member will fill a current vacancy through June, 2015.
The Peanut Standards Board is made up of 18 members representing the Southeast Region, which covers Alabama, Georgia and Florida; Read the rest of this entry »
A panel discussion was held during a breakfast last week by the National Wheat Foundation and National Association of Wheat Growers for Ag Day in Washington D.C. According to a story from AgWired, topics such as biotechnology, sustainability, and research were discussed. One of the participants was Matt Erickson, chief economist for the Senate Agriculture Committee, who talked about Big Data and agriculture.
Following the recommendation of the Vidalia Onion Advisory Panel, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black has announced April 27 as the official shipping date for the 2015 Vidalia® onion marketing season. The 16-grower panel made the recommendation to the Commissioner during a meeting held at the Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center in Lyons, Ga.
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 25, 2015………. Several senators want their chamber to float more than a proposed $2 million for land purchases in the Florida Forever program, after voters last year overwhelmingly backed an increase in money for conservation efforts.
But for now, those lawmakers will wait to see if the amount can be increased during upcoming budget talks with the House — talks that Read the rest of this entry »
The National Corn Growers Association applauded the introduction today of legislation to create a national, science-based labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified organisms and urged Congress to quickly pass the bill.
The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), will ensure that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration remains the authority on Read the rest of this entry »
March 25: American Seed Trade Association President & CEO Andrew W. LaVigne released the following statement on the introduction of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act:
“The American Seed Trade Association is pleased the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act establishes uniform rules and a national certification program for foods that have been produced with Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes information on the Georgia Peanut Commission referendum and results from a University of Florida water issues survey. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
WASHINGTON, March 24, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a proposed rule to limit farm payments to non-farmers, consistent with requirements Congress mandated in the 2014 Farm Bill. The proposed rule limits farm payments to individuals who may be Read the rest of this entry »
OMAHA, Neb. (March 23, 2015) – Crop and livestock producers’ confidence about the direction of the agriculture economy has reached a historic low, according to the latest DTN/The Progressive Farmer Agriculture Confidence Index (ACI).
Since the last ACI survey in December, producer confidence has shifted from an optimistic rating of 103.4 to a pessimistic level of Read the rest of this entry »
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service field office in Santa Rosa County, Fla., has moved. District Conservationist Trent Mathews hopes producers will stop by their new office during an open house event coming up April 14.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama continues to work with landowners across the state in implementing programs through the 2014 Farm Bill. State Conservationist Dr. William Puckett invites producers to stop by their local NRCS office to see what is available.
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we celebrated National Agriculture Day this past Wednesday and talked about the latest data helping shine some light on the question, “What is a family farm”. We also looked at how the latest cases of Avian Influenza serve as reminders of the importance of bio-security practices on poultry farms, and how many peanut farmers are hoping to see some new contracts soon.
Week three of the Alabama Legislative session took place this past week. Leigha Cauthen, executive director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council, looks at what transpired during the session and why things will be quiet next week.