The Presidential candidates are split when it comes to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule. This week, Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton told Farm Futures she supports the rule that seeks to clarify the types of water the EPA can regulate under the Clean Water Act. Read the rest of this entry »
American Farmland Trust Reveals Top Ranked Farmers Markets in America
Wednesday marked the end of American Farmland Trust’s annual summer-long Farmers Market Celebration ? an effort to encourage shoppers across the nation to endorse their local farmers market as ?Best in Class,? rallying support for local farms and family farmers. Read the rest of this entry »
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — About 1.56 million people worked full- or part-time in agriculture, natural resources and food industries in 2014, an increase of about 40,000 workers from 2013, and nearly 29 percent from 2001, according to a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences economic report.
Through groups like the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and the American Farm Bureau, thousands of farmers are asking Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement quickly.
NCGA says more than 6,000 farmers have written letters to Congress urging passage of the agreement this year. NCGA is delivering those letters to lawmakers this week. Meanwhile, Farm Bureau joined Read the rest of this entry »
Last month, the Department of Treasury’s proposed regulations under Section 2704 to eliminate or greatly reduce the discounts for lack of control and lack of marketability for family related entities, and would effectively discourage families from continuing to operate, grow their family businesses and pass them on to future generations or others.
Valuation discounts are an important tool in estate planning. The two main discounts are for lack of control (also referred to as minority interest) and lack of marketability. In order to take advantage of these discounts, Read the rest of this entry »
The recent Ag Confidence Index compiled by DTN reached the lowest score recorded since the poll began. Known as the ACI, the August results from farmer surveys produced the lowest score, of 72 in the seven-year history of the index.
One year ago, the ACI was a more neutral 98. The data reflects a 27 percent drop in confidence from last year. A poll organizer says Read the rest of this entry »
A new report shows despite a court order injunction, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to enforce the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Scott Yager, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Environmental Counsel, discusses that Senate Environment and Public Works Committee report.
Grower Joe Davis Jr., a panelist at a Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association gathering Thursday, says he expects a Florida orange crop of 61 to 70 million boxes this season. Last season’s Florida orange crop was 81.5 million boxes. “Our groves are down,” Davis says. “We’re guessing that earlies and mids will probably be […]
Jim Graham, soil microbiologist for the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, was recognized at the 73rd annual Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA) convention for his years of service to the industry. Graham was named FFVA Researcher of the Year at the association’s award luncheon. His recent research has led to […]