In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, USDA has once again extended the deadline for the Dairy Margin Protection Program, US Tobacco Cooperative is issuing a call for redemption of certificates, and we look at changing fruit trends.
Athens, Ga. – Fresh water, a critical resource for life on Earth, may soon become dangerously scarce. Water use has been growing at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century, and by 2025, the demand for fresh water will exceed available resources for two-thirds of the world population, according to the United Nations.
Now, thanks in part to a $1.5 million collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation, researchers at the University of Georgia, the University of California at Riverside, the University of Texas and the Read the rest of this entry »
Dr. Shannon Dunn is the cultural resources specialist/archaeologist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida. She explains why it’s important to have an archaeologist on staff and how they can help landowners across the state.
The Conservation Stewardship Program is something that Steve Musser, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, reminds producers about and how it can work for them.
Yesterday the House of Representatives passed a short-term extension of several key tax credits. But National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Director of Legislative Affairs, Kent Bacus, was hoping for a longer term solution.
WASHINGTON (December 3, 2014) – In response to the passage of a short-term extension of several key tax credits by the House of Representatives today, the American Soybean Association (ASA) expressed both its appreciation for a fix in the near term, and disappointment in the Read the rest of this entry »
Laurel wilt, a disease that is spread by the red ambrosia beetle, was found in 2010 in Florida. University of Florida scientists believe they can help the avocado industry with a biological control approach.
Three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Regional Conservationist for the Southeast, James Tillman, says NRCS is working to help protect those pollinators. Cindy Zimmerman has the story.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Protec Fuel will begin to offer E15 in Florida at retail stations in Ft. Meyers and Sarasota. E15 (15 percent ethanol) is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in vehicles 2001 and newer. In addition to E15, consumers will also be able to purchase E85 (85 percent ethanol) at these stations for use in Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a reminder for dairy producers, peanut crop insurance information, and other important agricultural reports. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is making $5.6 million in grants to 220 producers across the nation to support the production of advanced biofuels, and is awarding more than $4 million in additional grants that will advance the Read the rest of this entry »
For many Christmas tree farmers, Thanksgiving weekend has become their busiest time of the year. And while figures are not in yet for sales this past weekend of real Christmas trees, Gary Crawford reports early signs point to brisk sales.
The biggest holiday of the season officially got underway last week with Thanksgiving, but for some in America, it is a struggle to just put food on the table. Bayer CropScience has an initiative called “Thankful for Ag” that reminds people to be thankful for our bountiful food supply while helping those less fortunate at the same time. Cindy Zimmerman has Jeff Donald with Bayer CropScience explain the program and how the “Thankful For Ag” program is social media driven.
The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced it will not be finalizing 2014 volume standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program before the end of the year, as the agency intends to take action on the rule sometime in 2015. So while the holidays will be a time of joy for many, it will also be a time of anxious waiting for supporters of the renewable fuels industry. Gary Crawford has the story.
On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about Florida voters recently voting to support Amendment 1 – The Water and Land Conservation Initiative.
A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree arrives and USDA research brightens the holidays. Please watch the video.