The PIE Center releases new promotional video

Abbey Taylor General

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. …


Lawmaker Combee Named to Federal Farm Post

Dan General, Legislative

State Rep. Neil Combee, R-Auburndale, will leave the Legislature after he was appointed Friday as federal Farm Service Agency and Rural Development state director. It was not immediately clear when Combee will leave the House. “Would like to stay until the end of Session unless it is an absolute requirement. Know for sure in a few days,” Combee tweeted Sunday. …

Yields High, Prices Low for Alabama’s Corn Crop

Dan General

Alabama farmers planted fewer acres of corn this year, but high yields could elevate the harvest to near record levels. “Good yields are always a blessing,” said the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Carla Hornady. “Farmers need high yields to help offset low prices this year.” U.S. Department of Agriculture spring reports showed Alabama farmers planted 240,000 acres of corn, a 27 …


Egypt Downplaying Wheat Cargo Denials

Dan General

The world’s largest wheat buyer is backing away from recent comments regarding poppy seeds found in wheat shipments. Egypt has rejected two cargoes of wheat for import after testing found the shipments were contaminated with poppy seeds that Egypt called “drug-producing.” However, the poppy seeds were found to be of non-opium producing kinds, and Egypt now calls them “not very …