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AEM Releases July Ag Equipment Sales Numbers

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

(NAFB) — July 2019 saw decreases in U.S. sales of combines and four-wheel-drive tractors as well as total U.S. two-wheel-drive tractor sales compared to July of last year. Monthly data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) shows U.S. four-wheel-drive tractor sales decreased 4.7 percent in July, compared to last year. U.S. July combine sales decreased 25.9 percent. And, total …

trade talks

Trump Delays Tariff Hike Until December

Dan Economy, Industry News Release, Trade

(NAFB) —The Trump administration will delay part of a planned tariff increase on China until December. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office made the announcement Tuesday the administration would not implement the planned tariffs. Instead, the tariffs will be implemented December 15, 2019. USTR Robert Lighthizer says certain products are even being removed from the tariff list based on health, safety, …

georgia

Georgia Produce Safety Inspections Continue

Dan Georgia, Industry

The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Farm Safety Program has helped to develop partnerships and relationships with farmers across the state concerning the regulatory requirements for produce safety under the Food Safety Modernization Act. Farm Safety Education and Outreach Coordinator Maggie Brown says the inspections, on farm readiness reviews and training continue.

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UF/IFAS Plant Geneticist Named Fellow of American Society for Horticultural Science

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Nursery Crops, Pollinators, Research

BALM, Fla. (UF/IFAS) — If you savor the sights of caladium, gerbera and other ornamental plants, you can thank Zhanao Deng for developing better varieties. In his three-decade career, Deng beams with pride over new types of caladium and gerbera he’s bred that are more resistant to diseases. He’s also happy with his lantana varieties, which are genetically sterilized and …

Perilla Mint

Perilla Mint: Continue to Scout Through the Fall

Dan Alabama, Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. (ACES) – In some areas of the state, the hot, dry weather may have limited the availability of some forages. These conditions often tempt livestock to consume anything that is green. Some poisonous plants have become masters at surviving these conditions. Perilla mint is one of the most dangerous. Characteristics An escaped ornamental, the leaves of perilla …

crops

Farmers Prevented From Planting Crops on More Than 19 Million Acres

Dan Drought, Economy, Environment, Industry News Release, Water, Weather

Agricultural producers reported they were not able to plant crops on more than 19.4 million acres in 2019, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This marks the most prevented plant acres reported since USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) began releasing the report in 2007 and 17.49 million acres more than reported at this time …

farm bill

Plan to Use Farm Bill Funding to Support Animal Disease Prevention and Management

Dan Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Equine, Farm Bill, Industry News Release, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, Sheep-Goats

(USDA/APHIS) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing initial plans to carry out new animal health activities using resources provided by the 2018 Farm Bill. Section 12101 of the 2018 Farm Bill established a three-part program to comprehensively support animal disease prevention and management. The bill included funding to create two …

beef short course

Beef Short Course Targets New Producers

Dan Alabama, Cattle, Education, Industry News Release

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. (ACES) — New cattle producers will want to attend the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s new Beef Systems Short Course.  The short course is a multi-night lecture series covering the fundamentals of beef production. It is geared toward new and limited experience producers. Kim Mullenix, an Alabama Extension beef specialist, says producers have the option to take the …

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Commodity Commission Appointments Announced

Dan Cotton, Equine, Georgia, Industry News Release, Soybeans

ATLANTA (GDA) – Recently, the Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commissions ex officio committee confirmed appointments to several commodity commissions. The following appointments were made to serve three-year terms: Beef Commission John Callaway, Coweta County Ernie Ford, Calhoun County Allen Wiggins, Turner County Cotton Commission Steven Meeks, Wayne County Matt Coley, Dooly County Equine Commission Beth Williams, Oconee County Dr. Barbara Kelly, …

Peterson

Peterson: Farmers Don’t Want to Get Their Revenue from the Government

Dan Farm Bill, Industry News Release, Trade

(NAFB) — Its clear farmers are frustrated with the many forces beyond their control, following a listening session in Minnesota. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue didn’t receive a warm welcome during Minnesota’s Farmfest this week. Hosted by House Ag Committee Chair and Minnesota Democrat Collin Peterson, Perdue got an earful from farmers questioning farm bill programs and trade. Peterson says one …