President-elect Donald Trump could soon pick his choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Politico reports the shortlist includes Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Kathleen Hartnett White, director of the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Both candidates oppose the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule, also Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 18 counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:
The Georgia Beef Board’s Beef Team has been busy out talking with consumers at various locations. In the weekly beef checkoff report, University of Georgia student Sarah Jane Thomason tells us about a recent event the team attended.
When it comes to hay and forage tools, Kubota has a lineup that is becoming very popular. Dave Palmer, senior product manager of Kubota hay and forage products, talks about that lineup and how it all started.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a month ago that producers on farms with base acres under the safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, can begin visiting FSA county offices to sign contracts and enroll for the 2017 crop year. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini hopes producers will sign up for the 2017 program.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will see his time end in that position come January, but he recently looked back on his eight years in the office. A conversation with President Barack Obama made him think about whether or not he was leaving the office in better condition than when he took the job eight years ago. Vilsack says after thinking about the topic for some time, he feels it is in better shape.
For many livestock producers in Georgia, there aren’t any forages this year due to the drought which has a grip on most of the state. And Jennifer Tucker, assistant professor with the University of Georgia, knows the situation is not going to get better any time soon.
The price of American farmland may be heading for its first significant drop since the mid-1980s. MetLife Agricultural Finance says that based on certain measurements, market conditions are the worst they’ve been since the Farm Crisis.
Agri Money dot Com says land prices likely will fall 20 percent from the top end that was established early last year. MetLife, one of America’s largest ag mortgage lenders, said the slump Read the rest of this entry »
The Georgia Cotton Commission invests grower dollars with University of Georgia researchers each year to look at various problem areas, including insects. Associate Professor with the UGA Department of Entomology in Tifton, Michael Toews, says this year one of those projects involved thrips.
The U.S. Drought Monitor shows roughly 11 percent of the contiguous United States is under what it calls “severe, extreme, or exceptional” drought. The areas where the drought continues to be in control include three different areas of the country.
Rebecca Lindsey is the managing editor of Climate dot Gov, and she said one of the more prominent drought areas includes the southeastern United States. That area has been in Read the rest of this entry »
Mark Hudson, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Agricultural Statistics Service, reported the December citrus crop forecast. Florida has no changes in non-Valencia or Valencia oranges. Grapefruit for the month dropped from 9.6 to 9.3 million boxes with white at 2 million boxes and red at 7.3 million boxes each. Tangerines and tangelos changed from […]
Although a field trial indicates that microbial soil amendments didn’t seem to help trees with HLB, the trial project manager sees a take-home message for growers. That message is that “well-managed trees can continue getting along OK,” says Jim Syvertsen, a scientist with the Citrus Research and Development Foundation. Syvertsen summarizes results he presented at […]