Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on extended Conservation Stewardship Program deadlines as well as concerns the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has on recommendations for dietary guidelines. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
USDA Deputy Ag Secretary Krista Harden has created a new networking tool to bring women in Agriculture together. Cathy Isom tells us how this came about and how it works. Share your suggestions, stories and other snippets on how USDA can build a new generation of women in agriculture at email@example.com.
WASHINGTON, DC – With producers now making critical decisions on the new farm law’s various program options and with program election and sign-up deadlines still ahead, it would be highly disruptive and punitive to make adverse policy changes or budget reductions while the new farm law is being implemented.
That was the assessment conveyed here today on behalf of the National Cotton Council (NCC) by Ronnie Lee, a Bronwood, Ga., cotton producer, in testimony he presented during the Read the rest of this entry »
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced today that it has extended the deadline for general Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) sign-up applications until March 13. CSP is also offering a renewal option through March 31 for eligible agricultural producers and forest landowners with expiring CSP contracts.
Researchers at many universities are working on a citrus greening cure, but among the most aggressive and unusual experiments are those being conducted at Texas A&M University and Southern Gardens Citrus by Dr. Erik Mirkov. He alters the DNA of an orange by adding a gene found in spinach. The gene appears to be resistant to the greening bacteria.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Atkinson, Coffee and Ware counties in Georgia as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by excessively dry weather and drought that occurred from Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $20 million is being made available to improve wildlife habitat and enhance public access for recreational opportunities on privately held and operated farm, ranch and forest lands. Funding is available to state and tribal governments through the Read the rest of this entry »
A scientist has quantified what most Florida citrus growers can’t – the percentage of fruit lost to HLB-induced fruit drop. University of Florida researcher Tripti Vashisth reports on fruit drop in two Polk County groves.
Last week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s report. The report is a recommendation to the department secretaries as they develop the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that will be released later this year. According to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, unfortunately, the report is inconsistent, and if adopted, will lead to conflicting dietary advice.
INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Feb. 23, 2015/National FFA Organization) – More than a half-million students in all 50 states will share the importance of agriculture in our daily lives, spread their passion for agriculture and host communitywide events to help others in need this week.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency State Executive Director in Florida, Rick Dantzler, wants to remind producers of upcoming important deadlines for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC).
The 2015 Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show kicks off today in Huntsville. And of course a variety of issues will be discussed, including concerns about allowing a couple of countries to ship fresh and frozen beef into the U.S. One of the speakers at this year’s event, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Colin Woodall, explains.
From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam released the following statement in response to the House Appropriation Committee’s passage of House Bill 7003.
“I thank Chairman Corcoran, Rep. Caldwell and the House Appropriations Committee for supporting a water policy bill that will secure the supply and quality of Florida’s water for generations to come. Florida’s water is one of our most precious resources, and the management and oversight of water quality and conservation has been and always will be a partnership.
“I’m grateful to Senate President Gardiner and House of Representatives Speaker Crisafulli for making water policy a top priority this legislative session.”
In recent years, computer technology has begun to help agricultural producers solve dilemmas as old as farming itself. And next week, agricultural systems modeling experts with the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Program, otherwise known as AgMIP, will be on the University of Florida campus to discuss their latest findings. UF’s Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Jack Payne says this is a great story.
Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week includes details on the best pruning level to rehab HLB-infected citrus trees and a report on how citrus growers are preparing for tonight’s expected cold temperatures. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.