USDA Announces More Than 1.2 Million Acres Accepted in Sign-up for Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands

Clint Thompson Alabama, Environment, Florida, Georgia

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2020 – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced the acceptance of more than 1.2 million acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands during the recent sign-up period that began March 16 and ended May 15. The number of acres offered during this signup period was 1.9 million acres, over …


Additional Commodities Eligible for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Clint Thompson Alabama, Coronavirus, Florida, Georgia, Vegetables

Applications for New Commodities Accepted Beginning July 13 Washington, D.C., July 9, 2020 – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced an initial list of additional commodities that have been added to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), and that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) made other adjustments to the program based on comments received from agricultural producers and …


Crop Acreage Reports Due Next Week

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia

Agricultural producers are being reminded the deadline to turn in 2020 crop acreage reports is July 15. According to Tyron Spearman, if you have yet to do this, then an appointment needs to be made with your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office before the deadline.


Latest Numbers for CFAP

Clint Thompson Alabama, Coronavirus, Florida, Georgia

About a month ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it had processed more than 220,000 Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments to farmers and ranchers, with the department issuing $2.8 billion to farmers at that time. Since then, even more has gone out as Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce has the latest look at payments made …


May Margin Triggers Dairy Margin Coverage Program Payment

Clint Thompson Alabama, Dairy, Florida, Georgia

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the May 2020 income over feed cost margin was $5.37 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the third payment of 2020 for dairy producers who purchased the appropriate level of coverage under the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program. To date, FSA has issued more than $176 million in program …

Lee Nunn named 2020 Georgia Farmer of the Year

Clint Thompson Georgia

By Josh Paine for UGA CAES News Lee Nunn of Madison, Georgia, planted his first wheat crop on 50 acres of his wife’s family farm when it became available to rent just over a dozen years ago. He quickly realized his passion for farming and began renting more land, now growing wheat, soybeans, field peas, corn and cotton on more …

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USDA Announces Initial Purchase of Vaccine for National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Florida, Georgia

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced the initial purchase of vaccine for the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank (NAVVCB). APHIS will invest $27.1 million in foot-and-mouth disease vaccine, which the agency would use in the event of an outbreak to protect animals and help stop the spread of disease. …

High Whitefly Populations a Concern for Cotton Growers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Florida, Georgia, Pest/Pest Control

By Clint Thompson Cotton growers in Georgia and Alabama need to be mindful of high whitefly populations. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton entomologist Phillip Roberts said silverleaf whitefly populations have increased rapidly in some Georgia fields in the past 10 days. Since cotton is susceptible, producers need to scout and take appropriate action. “It’s extremely important that you know …

Ag Economy Barometer Shows Some Optimism

Clint Thompson Alabama, Economy, Florida, Georgia

Farmer sentiment improved again in June as the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer rose 14 points to 117. The barometer’s rise was fueled by improvements in both the Index of Current Conditions, which rose to a reading of 99, 19% higher than a month earlier, and the Index of Future Expectations, which climbed to 126, 12% higher than in …