Request from the Florida Conservation Group

Request from the Florida Conservation Group

With time running out on the 2017 Florida legislative session, the Budget Conference Committee is in negotiations to finalize the final details of the budget. But there are concerns with some in agriculture that the budget does not include funding for conservation easements. And Southeast AgNet Tallahassee Intern, Josie Tomkow, talked with their Vice Chairman, Jim Strickland, who is asking …

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Perdue Is 31st USDA Secretary

It finally took place this week, the confirmation of Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary. Confirmation was achieved on a strong Senate bipartisan vote of 87-11, as several Democrats backed President Trump’s nominee. The entire agriculture industry has been anxiously awaiting his appointment, as the former Georgia governor has a variety of issues to deal with right away. But many agricultural …

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Tax Reform by August Unlikely

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (mi-new-chin) says getting tax reform legislation on the President’s desk by August appears unlikely. Mnuchin told the Financial Times this week the tax reform timeline is “highly aggressive to not realistic at this point,” in referring to his prior comments on finishing tax reform by August. He cites health care reforms as the delaying factor, but …

Counting Down to Census of Agriculture

USDA has kicked off a countdown to the beginning of the next Census of Agriculture, a survey which is conducted every five years by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. And according to Jim Ewing, southern region director for NASS, the census will be mailed at the end of this year.