everglades

Everglades: Soil Mapping the River of Grass

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, USDA-NRCS

(USDA/NRCS Florida) — In the south Florida sweltering heat, soil scientists Craig Prink and Martin Figueroa suit up in long-sleeved shirts, long pants, hats, and tightly wrap bandanas around their faces to protect against the sun, water glare, and insects. Heavy gloves and neoprene footwear keep the serrated-edged sawgrass from slicing their skin when they wade through the water. They …

september

September Beef Exports Steady; Pork Higher but Pace Slowing

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

(NAFB) — September exports of U.S. beef were steady with last year’s volume, but the export value was trending lower. That’s according to USDA data compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Pork exports were above last year’s levels in September but had pulled back from the larger totals in June, July, and August. September beef exports were just …

china

Trump says No Agreement with China on Easing Tariffs Yet

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

(NAFB) — Late last week, the Chinese government stated that the U.S and China had reached an agreement to begin rolling back tariffs after a phase one trade deal is signed. That statement led to some optimism and a jump upward in financial markets. Politico says it was just 24 hours after that when President Donald Trump poured “cold water …

sustainability

NCBA VP: “Why Sustainability?”

Dan Beef, Cattle, Industry News Release

By Ethan Lane, Vice President, Government Affairs, NCBA When the topic of sustainability comes up in conversation in cattle circles, it’s common to see heads shaking. It’s not a topic we like to discuss in our industry – primarily because it’s so often raised with bad intentions and worse information. We bristle because we’ve been doing things right in our …

peterson

Peterson: USMCA Vote Possible This Week or Next

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

(NAFB) — The House of Representatives could vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement as early as this week or the next. According to Farm Journal’s AgWeb.com, Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson (MN) appeared on the “D.C. Signal to Noise Podcast” recently and said Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to get USMCA approval “on the fast track.” Peterson says USMCA Working Group …

adai

ADAI Encouraged by USDA Disaster Aid Block Grant Award

Dan Alabama, Economy, Field Crops, Forestry, Industry News Release, Livestock

(ADAI) — Commissioner Rick Pate is encouraged by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue’s recent announcement awarding $800 million in a disaster aid block grant for agricultural producers in various southern states.  The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) has worked with USDA leadership for the past four months on a disaster aid block grant program, specifically for producers impacted by …

usda

USDA Announces Block Grants for Three States as Part of Broader Disaster Relief Package

Dan Alabama, Economy, Florida, Georgia, Industry News Release

(USDA) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will make available $800 million to agricultural producers in Alabama, Florida and Georgia affected by hurricanes Michael and Florence. The state block grants are part of a broader $3 billion package to help producers recover from 2018 and 2019 natural disasters, which includes the Wildfire …

Commissioner Nikki Fried Announces USDA Disaster Relief for Florida

Dan Economy, Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release

(FDACS) — Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has allocated $380.7 million in federal block grant funding for Florida farmers devastated by Hurricane Michael, including direct relief for timber producers. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will administer the USDA block grants alongside the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Through consistent engagement with USDA officials, Florida …

china

China, U.S., Strike Tariff Rollback Preliminary Deal

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

(NAFB) — The U.S. and China will roll back tariffs if they strike a preliminary deal, a move requested by China before signing a phase one trade agreement. The signing of the agreement may be now delayed until next month, but the two sides continue to wrap up the talks, according to the South China Morning Post. A spokesperson for …

nppc

NPPC Launches ‘Pork O’ Clock’ Campaign Highlighting Importance of USMCA

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

(NPPC) — The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) launched a dynamic new campaign, “It’s Pork O’ Clock Somewhere,” to highlight the importance and benefits of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement. The campaign focuses on pork and the many ways it’s enjoyed across North America. “Ratification of USMCA is the top priority for U.S. pork producers and there is no better way to …