GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service leader with extensive experience in environmental management and animal feeding operations has been named associate dean and agriculture program leader for UF/IFAS Extension.
Saqib Mukhtar, professor, associate department head and Extension program leader for Texas A&M’s Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, will join the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in April. He has several current Read the rest of this entry »
While you may have heard of the National Water Quality Initiative, it could be a program you aren’t really familiar with. So Meghan Wilson with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service explains how it is a water conservation initiative that focuses on both water quality improvement as well as partnerships.
Dr. Temple Grandin, well known for her work in the livestock industry and someone who has spoke various times at events across the Southeast, was presented American Farm Bureau Federation’s Distinguished Service Award during the 96th AFBF Annual Convention. She made these comments after receiving the award.
American Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th Annual Convention and Trade Show continues today in San Diego, California. Individual state awards were presented at the annual event recognizing stellar performance in membership achievement and implementation of outstanding programs serving Farm Bureau members in 2014. Hillsborough County Farm Bureau received the County of Excellence Award. Sabrina Hill caught up with Erin Nessmith, a board member from Hillsborough County, to discuss the award.
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we look at some of the key issues Congress should address, 30 agricultural organizations formed the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba, and we have stories about potatoes and wild meat.
We’ve told you this week marks the beginning of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s celebration of the International Year of Soils, which was actually designated by the United Nation’s General Assembly. And while you may be aware of USDA’s soil conservation efforts since the Dust Bowl, Rod Bain reports that this emphasis actually goes back to the start of the Department itself.
From the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries:
MONTGOMERY, AL – The Alabama Unmanned Aerial System Task Force met today to finalize details of the report that will be submitted to Governor Robert Bentley by January 15. 2015. The Governor established the task force on July 18, 2014, with the primary mission to study the requirements of UAV/UAS operations in the State of Alabama, meet with relevant stakeholders, and ultimately recommend a statewide plan for the use of Read the rest of this entry »
Gainesville—Seven members of the Florida Farm Bureau have been selected to serve on the American Farm Bureau Issue Advisory Committees. Committee members consist of Farm Bureau members across the country with knowledge and direct involvement in issues of Read the rest of this entry »
The National Corn Growers Association today joins U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and fellow farm and food organizations seeking to end the United States’ embargo against Cuba and advance trade relations between the two nations.
The U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba is composed of more than 30 U.S. agricultural and food organizations committed Read the rest of this entry »
Today Spearman reports on information given by a couple of University Agriculture Economists who look at how certain field crops and the livestock sector fared in 2014 and looks ahead at what we might expect this year.
Assistant State Conservationist for Programs with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama , Steve Musser, says the Environmental Quality Incentives Program has been their flagship program in the past few farm bills.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida wants to remind producers that comment periods continue for both the Conservation Stewardship Program interim rule and the new rule published outlining improvements for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With freezing weather approaching North and Central Florida, agricultural producers across the state will now be able to obtain frost/freeze forecasts and crop protection recommendations through the updated “My Florida Farm Weather” website.
The program, developed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in partnership with University of Florida’s Automated Weather Network (FAWN), will provide Read the rest of this entry »
Guy Collins, former UGA Extension Cotton Agronomist, now with North Carolina State University Extension, accepts the 2015 Cotton Specialist of the Year award. Collins was congratulated by Bayer CropScience cotton leadership, from left: Monty Christian, Steve Nichols, and Lee Rivenbark.
From Bayer CropScience:
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (January 6, 2015) – Guy Collins, Ph.D., Extension associate professor for cotton at North Carolina State University, is the 2015 Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year. Collins received the award at the Extension Cotton Specialist dinner and banquet on Jan. 6 during the 2015 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio.
The annual award and banquet has been a featured event at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences since 1984. Extension cotton specialists who represent every cotton-producing state select a winner annually based on leadership and industry service. The award has been sponsored by Bayer CropScience since 2008. Read the rest of this entry »
Like his counterparts in many other states, Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner officially begins his next term of service this week. In this video posted to the Florida Department of Agricutlure website, Putnam discusses his coming term and some of the issues that continue to challenge the state and its agriculture industries.
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