Most U.S. Farms are Family Operated

A new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture released last week shows 99 percent of U.S. farms were family farms in 2015. Family farms, according to USDA, are classified as a farm where the principal operator and his or her relatives owned the majority of the business. The report shows that small family farms—those with less than $350,000 in …

USDA Designates 10 More Counties in Georgia as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Colquitt, Columbia, Cook, Grady, Irwin, Thomas and Tift counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Georgia also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their …

USDA Designates 3 More Counties in Alabama as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Baldwin, Conecuh and Escambia counties in Alabama as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in Butler, Clarke, Covington, Mobile and Monroe counties in Alabama also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Farmers …

Tuesday is Deadline to Return County Committee Election Ballots

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to remind farmers and ranchers that next Tuesday, Dec. 13, is the deadline to submit ballots for the 2016 County Committee Elections. Producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the County Committee election. FSA Administrator Val Dolcini says after the ballots have all been counted, …

Discussions on Tightening Estate Tax Rules

The Obama Administration is racing to finalize as many new rules and regulations as it can before January 20th. But one of those that could hang over into the new administration would tighten estate tax rules. The American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and other farm groups argue the Internal Revenue Service proposal would end or reduce discounts …

Alabama’s Largest Farm Organization Elects Officers, Directors

From the Alabama Farmers Federation: Jimmy Parnell of Stanton in Chilton County was re-elected to a third two-year term as president of Alabama’s largest farm organization during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 95th annual meeting in Montgomery this week. Five hundred delegates from all 67 counties voted in the business session.

Farm Income Drops 17 Percent in 2016

U.S. farmers will see their net incomes drop in 2016 for the third consecutive year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says weaker cash returns on livestock, poultry, and dairy farms will drive income down 17.2 percent to $66.9 billion this year. That forecast would be 46 percent lower than the record profits of $123.7 billion in 2013. An article on

Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight – Ag Environmental Awards

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about the 2016 Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award winners. Download Audio To learn more about the winners click, 2016 Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Awards.

Florida Landowners Reminded about EQIP Programs

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida wants remind landowners about the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, otherwise known as EQIP. District Conservationist in the Florida City NRCS field office, Christine Coffin, explains how EQIP programs benefit growers in their area. Download Audio