The annual Sunbelt Ag Expo takes place next week at Spence Field in Moultrie, Georgia. Their Executive Director Chip Blalock says there will be a lot going on again this year with their livestock demonstrations.
Last week USDA announced the award of over $52 million in support of the growing organic industry and local and regional food systems through five U.S. Department of Agriculture grant programs. One of those was the Community Food Project where they are awarding $4.8 million in CFP funding to 22 projects in 16 states. USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden says some of those dollars are coming to Georgia.
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have stories concerning big news for the cotton industry, the announcement of grants for specialty crops, and talks this week between Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group.
The Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group has been working together for the past couple of years to try and find ways to make the current beef checkoff program more effective and more efficient. In a teleconference this afternoon Forrest Roberts, CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, talked about a meeting they had this past week with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 USDA/AMS Specialty Crop Block Grant. The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds projects that “enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.” Specialty crops are defined as: fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, Christmas trees, turfgrass/sod, nursery and Read the rest of this entry »
Over the last several months, the United States and Brazil have held intensified discussions to resolve the cotton dispute, and yesterday it was announced the two governments had reached an agreement providing for formal termination of the cotton case at the WTO Dispute Settlement Body. And Georgia Cotton Commission’s Richey Seaton says it’s great news for cotton growers.
Executive Director of the Georgia Cotton Commission, Richey Seaton, invites everyone to learn more about the state’s cotton industry at their booth located at the Georgia National Fair which kicks off today in Perry.
TIFTON, Ga. (Oct. 1, 2014) – The Georgia Peanut Commission will be traveling to Athens, Georgia, this upcoming weekend to promote peanuts during Homecoming weekend at the University of Georgia. While in Athens, GPC will pass out koozies adorning the Georgia Peanuts logo, as well as its famous little red bags of peanuts to football fans and Athens-area residents, alike.
During the 2013 football season, GPC held the promotion in Athens for the first time and received outstanding results. During the course of the Read the rest of this entry »
At the end of August, USDA-APHIS announced a proposal to import fresh and frozen beef and live cattle from certain regions in Argentina. And Kristina Butts, Executive Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says this came on the heels of a proposal from USDA last December to allow the importation of fresh and frozen beef from Brazil.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 – Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced that the United States and Brazil have reached agreement to settle the longstanding Cotton dispute in the World Trade Organization (WTO). Under the terms of the agreement, Brazil will terminate the Cotton case, giving up its rights to countermeasures against U.S. trade or any further proceedings in this dispute. Brazil has also agreed not to Read the rest of this entry »
MEMPHIS — The National Cotton Council appreciates the U.S. government’s successful efforts to conclude the U.S.-Brazil trade dispute in the World Trade Organization through negotiation, thereby avoiding retaliation.
Cotton farmers work hard every year to grow a good, quality product. But according Mark Messura, Senior Vice President for Cotton Incorporated, while cotton is a natural fabric it’s not always a natural choice for some manufacturers.
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes information on new USDA risk management programs and a reminder about an important deadline. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
The beef checkoff launched a totally redesigned MyBeefCheckoff.com on Sept. 28, providing checkoff payers, leaders, staff and media with an easy-to-navigate selection of checkoff resources and information to highlight checkoff programs and results. Read the rest of this entry »
We told you last week that the movie “Farmland” was produced to help better explain agriculture. And if you have yet to see the movie, Cindy Zimmerman reports today that the digital release of it is coming soon.