WASHINGTON-The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a new voluntary Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) program to encourage the use of verified, safer pesticide spray products to reduce exposure and pesticide movement while saving farmers money in pesticide loss.
“Every year state and local agencies receive thousands of complaints about the impacts of pesticide drift on people, wildlife and plants,” said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “Our new star-rating system of Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the implementation of a new Farm Bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought. The Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting next spring, allows eligible producers who have been hit with severe weather to receive a higher approved yield on their Read the rest of this entry »
In a new effort to recognize growers of fruits, vegetables, tree nuts and potatoes whose innovative practices enhance the role of produce in creating better lives through improved yield or quality, better availability or increased demand, Bayer Crop Science opens the application process today for its new Produce Innovation Awards program. Read on to learn more about the award worth $10,000 in cash and a whole lot more to the winning grower. Hear Bayer’s Senior Product Manager Steve Olsen comments.
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we hear from this year’s Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year, provide information about 45 state cattlemen’s associations sending a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, along with looking at how it’s a good year for pumpkins and more.
Today is the final day of the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo, and as Tyron Spearman reports, those attending are encouraged to stop by the Georgia Peanut Commission building to see the Planters Nutmobile.
One of the visitors to the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo has been USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden who enjoyed attending this event to talk with farmers first hand. She says many of her conservations were about some of the new farm bill programs.
The current issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on the Sunbelt Farmer of the Year award winner and signup information for the Dairy Margin Protection Program. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
Gates opened a bit later than normal for the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia as rain welcomed those who were here to start the event off. More showers are expected today so obviously that will affect the field demo harvesting plans, so I caught up with Farm Manager Michael Chafin to see what their plans are.
The Sunbelt Ag Expo kicks off tomorrow, as the 37th annual event takes place October 14-16 at Spence Field in Moultrie, Georgia. Executive Director Chip Blalock says while they have already harvested some of the corn and soybeans, there will still be a lot of harvesting to see.
A variety of USDA crop reports are coming out at 12-noon Eastern Friday which many people are eagerly awaiting. And according to Lance Honig, with the National Ag Statistics Service, this October report also will include acreage numbers.
The current issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes information on nearly $118 million in USDA grants to strengthen markets for specialty crops and news of an agreement to settle the longstanding cotton dispute in the World Trade Organization. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
USDA has announced there will be educational opportunities for the new ARC and PLC programs. Tyron Spearman has more on that along with information about what we might be experiencing weather-wise this coming winter.
TIFTON, Ga. (Oct. 1, 2014) – The Georgia Peanut Commission will be traveling to Athens, Georgia, this upcoming weekend to promote peanuts during Homecoming weekend at the University of Georgia. While in Athens, GPC will pass out koozies adorning the Georgia Peanuts logo, as well as its famous little red bags of peanuts to football fans and Athens-area residents, alike.
During the 2013 football season, GPC held the promotion in Athens for the first time and received outstanding results. During the course of the Read the rest of this entry »