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E-Verify Could Mean Trouble for Growers

Abbey Taylor General

E-verify was once a part of U.S. Congressman Goodlatte’s Agriculture Guestworker Act (AG Act), but now e-verify is a standalone piece of legislation. According to Amy Wolfe, president and CEO of AgSafe, this separation could mean trouble for growers. Wolfe compares e-verify to a digital I-9 form. “It’s (e-verify) the online, instant feedback equivalent to 1-9. We’ve all filled out …

Agri View: California Farming a Different Business

Dan General

Everett Griner talks about California farming being a different business in today’s Agri View. California Farming a Different Business You know the picture of farming in California is rather a confusing one. One agri-official put it this way. “California is the most expensive place to farm in the whole country. Maybe the whole world.” You know it is a state …

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Perdue Speaks at AFBF Convention

Dan General

Also appearing on the American Farm Bureau Convention program this past weekend was U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.  Tyron Spearman reports that Perdue said the Trump administration is “rolling back onerous regulations” at USDA and all across the federal government. Perdue Speaks at AFBF Convention

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America Has Plenty of Apples This Winter

Dan General

Although U.S. production won’t approach record volume, American apple suppliers have plenty to sell in 2018. The U.S. Department of Agriculture projected a national apple volume of 248.7 million bushels. That’s well short of a record harvest of 281.3 million bushels in 2014. Despite that, U.S. apple farmers are getting more efficient every year. With the 248.7 million bushels this …

Alabama Beekeeping Symposium Date Set

Abbey Taylor General

The 23rd Annual Beekeeping Symposium will be held Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center. Doors will open at 8 a.m. According to a press release from Alabama A&M University and Auburn University, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System will be hosting the event. The symposium will consist of a variety programs from industry professionals throughout …

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Continuing Resolution Means No Cuts to Ag Programs

Dan General

Lawmakers passed a Continuing Resolution on Thursday to keep the federal government fully-funded through January 19. That averts a potential government shutdown and gives President Trump and Congressional lawmakers time to hash out differences and come up with a long-term spending plan for Fiscal Year 2018. The New York Times says the resolution passed by a 231-188 vote over Democratic …