Between taking time off for elections and of course the holiday periods, Congress will only be in Washington for just a few more weeks between now and the end of the year. But there are many issues of importance to agriculture that need to be taken care of and Bob McCan, President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says one of those is meaningful tax reform.
ST. LOUIS (Sept. 18, 2014) – In response to yesterday’s decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to deregulate Dow’s 2,4-D-resistant Enlist Duo soybeans, the American Soybean Association issued a statement cheering the move and calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to now quickly finalize the label for the new low-volatility Enlist Duo herbicide that can be utilized with these soybeans to control resistant and difficult to manage weeds. ASA also called upon foreign markets where U.S. soybeans are exported to Read the rest of this entry »
Invasive species continue to be an issue for not only those in agriculture, but for many people across Florida. And according to Dr. Jack Payne, senior vice-president for ag and natural resources at the University of Florida, many residents across the state are very aware of the issues being dealt with.
Roney Gutierrez, Assistant State Conservationist for Easements with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida, talks about how they have worked with the Archbold Biological Station in Florida through the Wetlands Reserve Program.
USDA announced this week that they will be awarding $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants to 47 organizations. And Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller says one of those funds is the National Grazing Lands Coalition.
While Congress is in Washington, they are only there for a few weeks before returning to the campaign trail in October. Gary Adams, Vice President of Economics and Policy Analysis for the National Cotton Council, shares what we should expect from Congress in the coming weeks.
From the Florida Department of Environmental Protection:
TALLAHASSEE- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands has surpassed the goal of selling $40 million of non-conservation land to purchase new, valuable conservation lands. The division finalized the sale of two more state-owned surplus non-conservation lands on Monday, Sept. 15, increasing the budget for future purchases to $43,991,070. The move supports the vision of the 2014-2015 Legislature, which gave the department the authority to sell up to Read the rest of this entry »
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association started an effort a few weeks back to get cattle producers and landowners involved in an effort to let the EPA know how they feel about their proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. And Dr. Billy Powell with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association urges those in his state to participate.
It was announced this afternoon that USDA will be awarding $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) to 47 organizations that will help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to accelerate innovation in private lands conservation. Some of those dollars are coming to Alabama and Florida, and Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller explains how these grants will be used.
MOLINE, Ill., Sept. 15, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the award of $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) to 47 organizations that will help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to accelerate innovation in private lands conservation. The Secretary made the announcement while visiting a farm in Illinois.
“These grants promote creativity and problem-solving efforts that benefit farmers and ranchers and protect our natural resources,” Vilsack said. “They’re critical in Read the rest of this entry »
According to the United States Potato Board, the value of potato exports in the marketing year that ended in June 2014 reached over $1.7 billion, a 7.5 percent increase over the previous marketing year.
This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports concerning EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, along with a look at the results of USDA’s monthly crop reports which came out this past week.
Gainesville, Fla., Sept. 12, 2014—Hughdon and Joan Holley have been farming 47 years, most of them while they worked fulltime jobs. They have since retired, but not from what they love to do. And next week Okaloosa County Farm Bureau will recognize them officially as the 2014 Farm Family of the Year for their innovation in farming and conservation.
WASHINGTON–The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is registering a new active ingredient, fluensulfone, a non-fumigant nematicide that provides lower-risk chemical control of nematodes than methyl bromide and other Restricted Use soil fumigants. Under the Montreal Protocol, EPA has phased out methyl bromide because its use depletes the ozone layer.
Nematodes are difficult to control and can cause significant economic damage by reducing crop yield and quality. Fluensulfone is a nematicide for Read the rest of this entry »