Florida Farm Bureau Presents Farm Bill Comment

Josh McGill Farm Bill, General, Legislative

One of the many people who presented comments before the House Agriculture Committee’s first farm bill listening session held this past Saturday in Gainesville, Florida, was Florida Farm Bureau Federation President John Hoblick.       Click to listen to the full session.

Everyone Who Eats Should Be in Favor of a Strong Farm Bill

Josh McGill General

A great crowd was on hand for the first farm bill listening session hosted by the House Agriculture Committee this past Saturday in Gainesville, Florida. Comments were given by farmers and ranchers and others involved with agriculture from across the Southeast on a wide range of topics. When the event was over, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway of Texas …

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U.S. Grains Council Statement On Announcement Of New Sugar Suspension Agreement

Dan General

A statement from U.S. Grains Council (USGC) President and CEO Tom Sleight: “We are pleased to hear that U.S. and Mexican negotiators have reached a new sugar suspension agreement. This milestone is an important one as we work to maintain our existing, robust trade of U.S. grains and related products while awaiting the beginning of NAFTA modernization negotiations. “Mexico is …


Trump to Talk Rural Infrastructure Improvements

Dan General

The national infrastructure will get some attention from the White House this week as the administration gets set to put out details on a $1 trillion infrastructure plan. Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report says Donald Trump will visit Ohio and Kentucky on Wednesday to speak on waterways and rural America. Trump will give more details on his vision for improving the …


Perdue Looking at ‘Right-Sizing’ USDA Agencies

Dan General

We’ve heard a lot the past few days about President Trump’s proposed budget and how if realized, would mean steep cuts for agriculture. One area of those proposed cuts is the U.S. Department of Agriculture staff, as the budget proposal calls for an estimated cut of 5,263 positions. Last week Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told a House Appropriations Subcommittee that …


Plant Health and Production Workforce Funding

Dan General

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 54 grants totaling more than $17.7 million for plant research that helps optimize crop production, mitigate disease, and increase yield. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. “Plants are the foundation of diet …

AgNet Hosts ‘This Week in Agribusiness’ — A Prologue

Josh McGill General

By Gary Cooper AgNet Media Founder and President During a fast-paced day and a half earlier this week, I connected with Max Armstrong, host and anchor of the national farm news television program “This Week in Agribusiness” to help him with a whirlwind newsgathering tour of Central Florida agriculture. The syndicated television program airs weekly on RFD-TV and approximately 100-plus …

Tri-State Agronomic Scout School

Dan General

The University of Florida/IFAS along with Auburn University and the University of Georgia will host a Tri-State Agronomic Scout School on June 8 at the Jackson County Agricultural Conference Center in Marianna, Florida. The event will start that morning with registration at 8:00 AM (CST) and ends with lunch. This meeting will focus on insects pertaining to cotton, corn, soybean, …

Mexico Rejecting Prospects of New tariffs in NAFTA

Dan General

Officials from Mexico visiting Washington, D.C. this week are sporting a clear message that a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement will not include any new tariffs or quotas. The group from Mexico hopes to meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer later this week to start the first talks of renegotiation, which they say is expected to happen quickly. …