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 …

The PIE Center releases new promotional video

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The UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (PIE Center) examines how people think about, form, and act on opinions regarding complex agricultural and natural resources issues. The PIE Center’s research and educational programs help enable the public and policymakers to make informed decisions about Florida’s agriculture and natural resources sectors, specifically in three areas: exploring …


Secretary Perdue Commends the Resiliency of American Farmers

Dan General

It’s been a trying year for some American farmers. Along with battling the typical disease and pest pressures, many around the country suffered through hurricanes, wildfires and drought conditions. The devastation experienced by many producers highlights the value of farm protection programs. But Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently told AgNet Media that agriculture is a resilient industry. Secretary Perdue Commends …

Producers More Optimistic in October Survey

Dan General

The latest Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer showed farmer optimism improving slightly in October, coming in at an index of 135. That’s actually the third-highest level since the survey began two years ago. The modest improvement during October came about because of increasing optimism for what lies ahead. The Index of Future Expectations increased from 130 to 137 in October. …