nursery

Nursery and Greenhouse Industry Big Business in Alabama

Dan Alabama, Industry News Release, Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops

The poinsettia sitting on the hearth, the hydroponic lettuce in the refrigerator, the new shrubs waiting to be planted — all of these were probably grown right here in Alabama. Paul Brown, associate director for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said many Alabamians do not recognize just how significant the nursery and greenhouse industry is in the state. Economic Impact “Alabama’s …

farmer bureau

Farm Bureau: Farmers Need Meaningful Ag Labor Reform

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

(AFBF) — The following statement may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “At a time when the farm worker shortage has reached a crisis in parts of the country, it is deeply disappointing that the House blocked any possibility of improving the legislation designed to address the problem, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. Several amendments addressed …

dairy margin

USDA Extends Deadlines for Dairy Margin Coverage, Market Facilitation Programs

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release

New Signup Deadline Is December 20 (USDA/FSA) — Due to the prolonged and extensive impacts of weather events this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today extended the deadline to December 20 for producers to enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program for the 2020 calendar year. The deadline had been December 13.  USDA announced is also continuing to accept …

farmers

Farm Groups Partner to Help Farmers Manage Stress

Dan General, Industry News Release

(AFBF) — Recognizing the high levels of stress affecting America’s farmers and ranchers, Farm Credit, American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union have partnered on a program to train individuals who interact with farmers and ranchers to recognize signs of stress and offer help. Based on the farm stress program Michigan State University Extension developed for the U.S. Department …

ncba

NCBA Applauds U.S. Senate Introduction of Real MEAT Act

Dan Beef, Cattle, Industry News Release

NCBA “Leader on this Issue,” Sen. Fischer Says (NCBA) — The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) applauded the introduction of the Real MEAT (Marketing Edible Artificials Truthfully) Act of 2019 by U.S. Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska. The Senate bill is a companion to H.R. 4881, which was introduced by U.S. Representatives Roger Marshall (R – 1st Dist., Kansas) and …

usmca

Groups Stress Swift Passage Needed for USMCA

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

Secretary Perdue on USMCA Agreement (USDA) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced agreement on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA): “USMCA is a big win for American workers and the economy, especially for our farmers and ranchers. The agreement improves virtually every …

dairy

November 2019 Dairy Market Report

Dan Dairy, Industry News Release

(NMPF) — The recent upsurge in dairy prices is forcefully showing up in data, with many of the most recently announced and reported key milk and dairy prices achieving their highest prices in nearly five years. The September U.S. average all-milk price was the highest since December 2014, as was the October AMS survey price of non-fat dry milk and …

nppc

Legal Challenge Filed Against California’s Proposition 12

Dan Industry News Release, Livestock

(NPPC) — The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) have filed a legal challenge to California’s Proposition 12, which imposes animal housing standards that reach outside of California’s borders to farms across the United States and beyond. “Proposition 12 revolves around a set of arbitrary standards that lack any scientific, technical or agricultural basis, …

epa

Label Approval for Sodium Cyanide

Dan Industry News Release, Sheep-Goats

(ASI) — Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the final interim decision for the registered use of sodium cyanide. Working with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Wildlife Services, the label for this predator control tool will include three additional use restrictions to promote public awareness and decrease non-target impacts. American Sheep Industry Association President Benny Cox said this …

conservation

USDA to Open Signup for Conservation Reserve Program December 9

Dan Environment, Industry News Release

(USDA/FSA) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture is opening signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) on December 9, 2019. The deadline for agricultural producers to sign up for general CRP is February 28, 2020, while signup for continuous CRP is ongoing. Farmers and ranchers who enroll in CRP receive a yearly rental payment for …