Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) will not be making a comeback under a Trump administration. Politico reports that Trump’s Agriculture Advisory Committee was quick to mobilize and inform Trump’s transition team that such a policy — which has been litigated in both the U.S. court system and the World Trade Organization — is a non-starter for most farm groups. Read the rest of this entry »
President-elect Donald Trump could soon pick his choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Politico reports the shortlist includes Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Kathleen Hartnett White, director of the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Both candidates oppose the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule, also Read the rest of this entry »
If you own or have owned cattle in Florida, then you will be receiving a reminder letter from the Florida Beef Council that beef checkoff assessments are due for any head of cattle that you’ve sold this past year. Ashley Hughes explains.
When it comes to hay and forage tools, Kubota has a lineup that is becoming very popular. Dave Palmer, senior product manager of Kubota hay and forage products, talks about that lineup and how it all started.
Many in agriculture continue to wait to see who will be chosen for certain positions within the new Trump administration, and that includes the American Sugar Alliance. And while trade issues are not as important to that industry, ASA director of media relations, Phillip Hayes, says the alliance looks forward to working with the new administration.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a month ago that producers on farms with base acres under the safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, can begin visiting FSA county offices to sign contracts and enroll for the 2017 crop year. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini hopes producers will sign up for the 2017 program.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will see his time end in that position come January, but he recently looked back on his eight years in the office. A conversation with President Barack Obama made him think about whether or not he was leaving the office in better condition than when he took the job eight years ago. Vilsack says after thinking about the topic for some time, he feels it is in better shape.
Mark Hudson, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Agricultural Statistics Service, reported the December citrus crop forecast. Florida has no changes in non-Valencia or Valencia oranges. Grapefruit for the month dropped from 9.6 to 9.3 million boxes with white at 2 million boxes and red at 7.3 million boxes each. Tangerines and tangelos changed from […]
Although a field trial indicates that microbial soil amendments didn’t seem to help trees with HLB, the trial project manager sees a take-home message for growers. That message is that “well-managed trees can continue getting along OK,” says Jim Syvertsen, a scientist with the Citrus Research and Development Foundation. Syvertsen summarizes results he presented at […]