According to USDA’s October report, while the amount of harvested upland cotton acres this year is the same as last month’s report, it is still more than last year. Angie Considine with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has the numbers.
Getting the most up-to-date market information to better understand the use and role of cotton is one area that Kim Kitchings, Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Program Metrics for Cotton Incorporated, works with. And she talks about the reasons why this is important in their efforts to help the profitability of cotton growers.
The current issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes information on nearly $118 million in USDA grants to strengthen markets for specialty crops and news of an agreement to settle the longstanding cotton dispute in the World Trade Organization. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.
Cotton growers are being reminded of the issues with contaminants in their crop. Georgia Cotton Commission’s Richey Seaton urges everyone to take the extra steps to keep this from being a big problem this year.
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.