In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about the cotton industry’s disappointment in Agriculture Secretary Vilsack’s decision concerning making cottonseed eligible for USDA safety net programs, the signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal agreement by member nations, commodity certificates Read the rest of this entry »
From the House Committee on Agriculture:
Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) sent a written reply to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s February 3 letter in which the Secretary denied the request of 100 members of Congress who sent a bicameral, bipartisan letter urging the Secretary to take urgent action to stave off a farm financial crisis in the cotton belt. The members of Congress urged the Secretary to use his legal authority to designate cottonseed as an eligible oilseed for purposes of the Farm Bill. Upon sending a written reply to Read the rest of this entry »
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) wants farmers and landowners to know a signup period has been announced for 2016 funding through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). While NRCS accepts applications for CSP throughout the year, producers should submit applications by March 31 to ensure they are considered for enrollment in 2016.
Dow Chemical Co. said this week that it will cut 500 more jobs as it speeds up cost reductions, ahead of its merger with DuPont, to counter the impact of a strong dollar and weak demand for agrichemicals and seeds.
It was announced late Wednesday that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal had been reached, as the agreement was signed by member nations. Recent past president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Phillip Ellis, said this was a key issue for the beef industry.
Keeping your calories in check while indulging during the big game this weekend may be a big chore for a few of us. Even a moderate consumption of some of the popular party favorites can quickly add up the calories. So Cathy Isom looks at some ways to keep yourself from pigging out and breaking your healthy New Year’s resolution.