As the busy and hectic week on the Hill continues, Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow and House Ag Chair Frank Lucas took time to speak to farm broadcasters about their approaches in the commodity title of the Farm Bill. And unlike last year, both bills address the needs of southern growers while maintaining a market approach.
WASHINGTON (May 15, 2013) – National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Deputy Environmental Counsel Ashley McDonald issued the following statement on the non-passage of Amendment 868 to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) which would have prevented the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) from finalizing Read the rest of this entry »
University of Florida scientist Fred Gmitter and others plan soon to begin research into “escape” trees that have stayed productive while most around them have succumbed to HLB. Gmitter discusses the origins of the research project and what the research might uncover.
Catching up with Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis during our visits in Washington D. C. this week, he offers some interesting insights on heavy farm subsidies in many foreign countries that continue to stifle free trade. He also discusses the present status, progress and challenges of the ethanol industry. Download Audio
The Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC) plans to focus on consumers in their late-20s and early-30s for its OJ marketing next season. FDOC Executive Director Doug Ackerman discusses that move, the media to be used to reach that age group, and more.
The Florida Beef Council is pleased with the results of recent audits of both the national beef checkoff program and their state checkoff program. And Jim Handley wants cattle producers across Florida to know their dollars are being used as intended.
Spokesman Philip Hayes for the American Sugar Alliance spends a good deal of his time these days spreading the factual word about sugar’s position in U. S. Farm Policy. Armed with new data about huge profits in the candy industry, Hayes says sugar farmers remain under attack by forces who want to continue to grow their own profits at the expense of U. S. sugar farmers.
The Senate Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill mark up session presently underway, to be followed by the House Ag Committee’s mark up session on the Bill this Wednesday, is sure to make for some red eyed late hours for many lawmakers and others who are tuned in to agricultural issues on Capitol Hill. One of the most knowledgable folks we know about all of this is American Farm Bureau’s Mary Kay Thatcher. Click to hear her comments about the historical perspective of this week’s markup sessions, and some of the pitfalls Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today delivered the following statement at the opening of the Committee’s meeting to consider and mark-up the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s going to be a busy week for agriculture in our nation’s capitol, as markup of the farm bill starts tomorrow. And when it comes to the Senate version of the bill, Tyron Spearman reports peanuts have been added.
Changes in some Congressional committee assignments in recent months leaves just one Florida member on the Agriculture Committee in the U. S. House of Representatives. AgNet is in Washington D. C. this week for some farm news gathering, sitting down first with Congressman Ted Yoho (R) from District 3, which encompasses a large area of North Central Florida. Yoho explains it’s a big week for agriculture on Capitol Hill and a good time for the Florida Farm Bureau delegation visit too. Click to read more about it, and to hear Congressman Yoho’s comments about Read the rest of this entry »
Florida NRCS held their annual Earth Day event this past Friday, as Assistant State Conservationist for easement programs, Roney Gutierrez and NRCS Plant Materials Center manager, Janet Grabowski say they were pleased with the turn out.
On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Dr. Michael Short, Equine Programs Manager with the Division of Animal Industry at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services urges horse owners to contact their veterinarian and have their animals vaccinated against Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus.
More information about these serious mosquito-borne equine diseases is available on the website of the FDACS Division of Animal Industry by clicking on EEE and WNV.
The Senate Ag Committee has officially released their 2013 Farm Bill draft and according to Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow, the bipartisan 2013 Farm Bill represents the most significant reform of American agriculture policy in decades.
USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service released the final production figures from the 2012 cotton crop, as Steve Maliszewski with NASS in Washington D.C. says the Southeast saw impressive yields for 2012.
Folks have gathered at the Brooksville Plant Materials Center for the Florida NRCS annual Earth Day event.
And Acting State Conservationist Roney Gutierrez explains the purpose of the Earth Day event, how their celebration also coincides with National Wetlands Month and how they are commemorating it all by planting a pignut hickory tree.
Farmers here in the Southeast and across the major crop areas have been working when they can this past week to try and get seed in the ground, as Tyron Spearman reports that last week most crops were behind the 5-year average.