FDACS Launches Rebranded Website, FDACS.gov

Dan Florida, Industry News Release

Tallahassee, FL (FDACS-September 16, 2019) — Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced the launch of FDACS.gov, the department’s new, modernized website. The rebranding aims to increase awareness about the Department’s broad responsibilities in both agriculture and consumer services, and help Floridians access information and services easier.  “From supporting Florida’s farmers and ranchers, to protecting …


Arguments in Water Battle Rescheduled

Dan Aquaculture, Florida, Georgia, Industry News Release, Water

(NSF-September 16, 2019) — After Florida attorneys asked for a change, a federal judge has rescheduled arguments for Nov. 7 in a long-running legal battle between Florida and Georgia about water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system. Senior U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Paul J. Kelly, who was appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court to serve as a special master …

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Secretary Perdue on Farm Safety Week

Dan General, Industry News Release

Washington, D.C. (USDA-September 16, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue applauded President Trump’s proclamation making September 15-21, 2019 National Farm Safety and Health Week. The theme for this year’s National Farm Safety & Health Week is “Shift Farm Safety into High Gear” as a reminder that it is everyone’s responsibility to prioritize safety on the farm and the rural roadways …


NPPC Statement on China Market Access

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Pork, Trade

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPPC-Sept. 13, 2019) — Chinese media reported that it was suspending the imposition of punitive tariffs on U.S. pork imports. The following is a statement from National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) President David Herring, a pork producer from Lillington, N.C.: “If media reports are accurate, this is a most welcome development. The Chinese have placed punitive tariffs of …

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Pork Producers Urge Congress to Ratify USMCA

Dan Industry News Release, Pork, Trade

Gene Edited Livestock Regulatory Framework, Pending GIPSA Rule Also Addressed WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPPC-Sept. 12, 2019) – Congressional ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA), allowing the U.S. pork industry to maintain zero-duty market access to two of its largest export markets, remains a top priority for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). More than 120 pork producers from across the …


Industry Responds to EPA WOTUS Announcement

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, Irrigation, Water

(Washington, D.C. (USDA-September 12, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue praised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for taking another step to fulfill President Trump’s pledge to repeal and replace the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. “Repealing the WOTUS rule is a major win for American agriculture. The extreme overreach from the past Administration had government taking …


USDA to Issue First Pecan Forecast for 2019 Crop

Dan Industry News Release, Pecans, Specialty Crops, USDA-NASS

ATHENS, GA (USDA/NASS-September 12, 2019) — During the last week of September, pecan growers will receive a survey from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The agency is taking a look into the 2019 pecan production forecast. “The pecan industry is a big player, especially in southern agriculture and it is crucial for us to have …


Other USDA Disaster Recovery Assistance

Dan Economy, USDA-NRCS

This week, USDA did announce that agricultural producers affected by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019 can apply for assistance through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). But due to the fact grazing and livestock losses, other than milk losses, are covered by other disaster recovery programs, those losses are not eligible for WHIP+. But USDA does offer …


Will the U.S. be Able to Export Pork to China?

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Pork

(NAFB-September 12, 2019) — China is short on pork, but U.S. producers can’t fill the need until the tariff war ends. Washington hands argue passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) might help the China effort. China consumes half the world’s pork, and before African swine fever destroyed a third of its pig herd and raised pork prices 50-percent, China was a …

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Checkoff-Funded Masters of Beef Advocacy Program Reaches Major Milestones in 2019

Dan Beef, Cattle, Industry News Release

Program Reaches 15,000 Graduates by 10th Anniversary CENTENNIAL, CO (NCBA-Sept. 9. 2019) — Just 10 years after its inception, the Beef Checkoff-funded Masters of Beef Advocacy (MBA) program celebrated its 15,000th graduate in August. The program was created to equip and engage beef industry advocates to communicate about beef and beef production. It is one of the strongest beef advocacy …