Peanut Crop Update

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Peanuts

This week’s crop condition report notes the nation’s peanut crop is pegging at a normal rate. Tyron Spearman reports a couple of Southeast states are actually ahead of schedule.

President Trump Addresses America’s Farmers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia

The National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB), which Southeast AgNet Radio Network is a member of, worked with officials from the White House to share remarks from President Donald J. Trump to the nation’s farmers, ranchers, and agricultural community. In his remarks, the President talks about the response to COVID-19, regulatory relief, market access, trade, his appreciation of the nation’s …

Florida Launches New Beef Campaign

Clint Thompson Beef, Cattle, Florida

The Florida Beef Council (FBC), through the national Beef Checkoff program, has launched a brand new beef promotion. FBC Director of Education & Promotion, DeAnne Maples, says it is called United We Steak. For more information about this Beef Checkoff promotion, contact the FBC office in Kissimmee at 407-846-4557.


Cotton, Peanut Crops on Par With Development

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Florida, Georgia, Peanuts

According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), cotton and peanut crops continue to develop. As a matter of fact, USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says there was some overall improvement in the nation’s cotton crop this past week. Rippey says the pace of cotton squaring and setting bolls is pretty much on par with the five-year averages. Rippey also …

Legislation Introduced to Improve Meat Processing Capacity

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Florida, Georgia, Industry

Last week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced the Requiring Assistance to Meat Processors for Upgrading Plants (RAMP UP) Act, which provides federal incentives to improve beef processing capacity. The RAMP UP Act authorizes federal grants up to $100,000 for existing meat processors to become federally inspected. Currently, state inspected and custom exempt processors cannot sell meat in interstate commerce …


NCBA Leads Fight to Provide Additional Pandemic Relief for Cattle Producers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Cattle, Florida, Georgia

Last week, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) sent a letter to leaders on Capitol Hill thanking them for their efforts in supporting our Nation’s cattle producers through the Coronavirus Aid, Response, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It also urged them to continue their work by improving the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan …

Hemp Growers Looking to Establish Checkoff

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hemp

The National Industrial Hemp Council and the Hemp Industries Association entered into an agreement to look into the possibility of establishing a marketing checkoff program for hemp. “Today is another step forward in the right direction for hemp farmers and consumers of hemp-related products,” says Patrick Atagi (Ah-TAH-gee), board chair of NIHC. “A checkoff program would further legitimize a rapidly …


Farm Bureau Looking for “Farm Dog of the Year” Nominations

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia

The American Farm Bureau is inviting farmers to submit nominations for the 2021 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year contest. This is the third year of the contest that celebrates farm dogs that work alongside farmers and ranchers to produce nutritious food for families and their pets across America. The grand prize winner will receive a year’s worth of …