USDA Releases Farm Bill Proposals

Randall Weiseman Cotton, General, Specialty Crops, USDA-NRCS, Vegetables

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns Wednesday unveiled the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2007 farm bill proposals. The more than 65 proposals correspond to the 2002 farm bill titles with additional special focus areas, including specialty crops, beginning farmers and ranchers, and socially disadvantaged producers. Details are available at www.usda.gov/farmbill. Among the proposals are payment limitations and increased conservation funding. Conservation Report …

Good Year for Florida NRCS

Randall Weiseman Florida, General, USDA-NRCS

Florida State Conservationist Niles Glasgow says 2006 was a very good year for conservation efforts in the state, especially since a break in the weather allowed them to catch up on hurricane recovery efforts. Report (1:00 wma)

NRCS Releases Resources Inventory

Randall Weiseman Alabama, Florida, General, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has released state-by-state results on soil erosion and land use from its 2003 National Resources Inventory. The results can be viewed on the NRCS website. Alabama Report (1:30 wma) Florida Report (1:30 wma)

Alabama Conservation Tillage Workshops

Randall Weiseman Alabama, General, USDA-NRCS

Two one-day workshops are coming up for Alabama farmers who want to learn more about conservation tillage. January 25 – Landmark Park in Dothan – Call 334-774-2334 for information February 1 – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Visitor Center on Highway 67 between Decatur and Priceville – Call 256-353-6146 for information. Or contact your local NRCS or Soil and Water …

CSP Study Finds Room For Improvement

Randall Weiseman General, USDA-NRCS

The Senate agriculture committee met this week to review USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service programs, specifically the Conservation Security Program and Environmental Quality Incentives Program. One of the witnesses was Dr. Kathleen Merrigan – Director of the Agriculture, Food and Environment Program at Tufts University who did a study of the CSP and found that farmers really like the program, …

Soil Testing Makes Sense

Randall Weiseman Alabama, General, USDA-NRCS

With the high cost of fertilizer these days, one of the smartest moves a farmer can make before planting is to get a good soil sample test done. Eddie Jolly, agronomist with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama says soil testing could save producers money. Report (1:30 wma)