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National FFA Organization and ASTA Sign Historic Memorandum of Understanding

Dan Education, Industry News Release, Seeds

The National FFA Organization and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) recently signed a memorandum of understanding. The memorandum will align ASTA’s strategic goals and resources with the three-component model of agricultural education, providing teacher curriculum and resources; supervised agricultural experience support and mentors; and leadership and career development. “This Memorandum of Understanding helps stress the importance of the three-component …

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Kelly Morgan Named New Director of UF/IFAS Southwest Florida REC

Dan Education, Florida, Industry News Release, Research

As Best Management Practices Coordinator for the state, Kelly Morgan has spent years helping growers find optimum ways to irrigate and fertilize their crops to maximize results. Now, he will get the chance to coordinate even more groundbreaking research. The University of Florida has named Morgan the new director of the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, …

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Alabama NRCS Funding Opportunity

Dan Alabama, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama is seeking support from and opportunities to partner with like-minded natural resource conservation partners. The overall intent is to solicit partnerships to help enhance the implementation of key conservation objectives and priorities outlined further in this document. NRCS wants to advertise opportunities to parties who are interested in partnering with them to …

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Longleaf Pine Program for Florida Landowners

Dan Florida, Forestry, USDA-NRCS

Florida landowners are encouraged to take part in the Longleaf Pine Landowner Incentive Program. The Florida Forest Service is accepting applications through Friday, July 13, 2018 from eligible, non-industrial private forest landowners. The program is supported through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation with funding from various agencies including USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA Forest Service, and the U.S. …

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Trump Immigration Furor Underscored in Florida

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

Amid escalating bipartisan demands for President Donald Trump to stop separating undocumented immigrant children from their families at the southern U.S. border, two high-ranking Florida Democrats were denied access Tuesday to a federal detention facility in Homestead housing an estimated 1,000 minors. The Trump administration family-separation policy — which has resulted in more than 2,000 children being warehoused throughout the …

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Trump Escalates Trade War with Additional Talks of Tariffs

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

President Donald Trump is taking the trade war with China to an unprecedented level that would impose tariffs on nearly every export China sends to the United States. Following the announcement Monday night by Trump that he is seeking an additional $200 billion worth of tariffs, China is looking to retaliate, again. Trump says if China does, he would seek …

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Trade War Costly for U.S. Farmers

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

The trade war between the U.S. and China is proving to be costly to U.S. farmers, just as President Trump announced the intent for further tariffs, escalating the tense state of affairs. University of Illinois agriculture economist Scott Irwin this week on Twitter says the outlook has “moved into disaster territory,” specifically, regarding soybeans. Jim Bower of Bower Trading in …

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Farmers for Free Trade Places More Anti-Trade War Advertising

Dan Exports/Imports, Industry News Release, Trade

Farmers for Free Trade is again placing advertisements on cable television showing an on-the-ground look at how current trade disputes are damaging export markets for U.S. farmers. In conjunction with the U.S. Apple Association, the advertisement targets the retaliations to the Section 232 tariffs that include U.S. apples. Airing on television news networks frequently watched by President Trump, the advertisement …

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Freedom Caucus Farm Bill Support Still Uncertain

Dan Farm Bill, Industry News Release, Legislative

Freedom Caucus members have yet to submit unison support for the House farm bill. The House set a revote deadline for this Friday when the farm bill failed because Democrats and the Freedom Caucus Republicans voted against the measure. Now, Bloomberg reports some members have not voiced support for the farm bill, including Virginia Republican David Brat, who says “I’m …

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USDA Issues Warning of Newcastle Virus to Commercial Poultry

Dan Industry News Release, Poultry

The Department of Agriculture says at least 18 outbreaks of Virulent Newcastle Disease have been confirmed in backyard chickens in Southern California. The outbreaks prompted the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to issue a warning to commercial poultry operations. The infected backyard chickens were found in Los Angeles and San Bernardino in May and June. In the USDA statement, …