USDA Invests in Broadband for Rural Georgia Communities

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release, Technology

(USDA/RD) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a $5 million investment in two, high-speed broadband infrastructure projects that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for 1,221 rural households, 32 pre-subscribed businesses and 20 pre-subscribed farms in McIntosh and Evans counties in Georgia. This is one of many funding announcements in the first round of the United States Department of Agriculture’s …


Southeast Producers Urged to Sign Up Now for EQIP

Clint Thompson USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) wants to remind agricultural producers and landowners the 2020 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) signup is underway in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. But NRCS encourages those interested to submit applications as soon as possible, as the deadlines to do so are nearing. Alabama Producers Urged to Sign Up Now for EQIP USDA’s Natural Resources …

pork industry

U.S. Pork Industry Requests Additional ASF-Prevention Measures

Dan Industry News Release, Pork

(NPPC) — Thanks to continued vigilance by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. pork industry, the United States has so far prevented an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF), an animal disease affecting only pigs with no human health or food safety risks. To ensure the U.S. swine herd …

rural water systems

USDA and EPA Announce Continued Commitment to Support Rural Water Systems

Dan Industry News Release, Water

(USDA) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will help rural water systems face the challenges of aging infrastructure, workforce shortages, increasing costs, limited management capacity and declining rate bases. Through this MOA, USDA and EPA will conduct joint activities to help rural water systems continue …


Secretary Perdue Announces New Innovation Initiative for USDA

Dan Industry News Release

The Agriculture Innovation Agenda is a Solution for Farmers, Consumers, and the Environment (USDA) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the Agriculture Innovation Agenda, a department-wide initiative to align resources, programs, and research to position American agriculture to better meet future global demands. Specifically, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will stimulate innovation so that American agriculture can …


E-Verify Sponsor Says Change Makes ‘Mockery’

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

(NSF) — A key Republican lawmaker who is pushing to require all Florida employers to do federal immigration background checks on new hires said Tuesday his bill has become a “mockery” of what the proposal should be. Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, wants his proposal to require all public and private employers in the state to use E-Verify, a federal program …


New Test Identifies Poisonous Mushrooms

Dan Industry News Release, Research

(USDA/ARS) — A simple, portable test that can detect the deadliest of the mushroom poisons in minutes has been developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their colleagues. Eating toxic mushrooms causes more than 100 deaths a year, globally, and leaves thousands of people in need of urgent medical assistance. Amanitin is the class of mushroom toxins that cause …


Conservation at Work Video Series

Clint Thompson USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has unveiled a new video series called “Conservation at Work.” It highlights common conservation practices which are basically real stories and real successes. Through, you can learn about the benefits of conservation practices directly from the farmers, ranchers and forestland owners applying them. There are a variety of featured videos covering topics like …


Deadline for Conservation Reserve Program General Signup is Feb. 28

Dan Environment, Industry News Release

(USDA/FSA) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds agricultural producers interested in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) 2020 general signup that there is less than two weeks before the enrollment deadline of February 28, 2020. This signup is available to farmers and private landowners who are either enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling for another 10- to 15-year …


Questions Remain Over Hurricane Timber Money

Dan Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release

(NSF) — Florida’s timber industry remains amid tons of strewn trees from Hurricane Michael as talks continue over the distribution of a $380 million federal-recovery grant allocated in November for the 2018 storm. State officials expressed concern Tuesday that more than a quarter of the money may go unused as negotiations continue with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on eligibility …