USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is conducting the 2014 Census of Horticulture. The census is the only detailed production and sales data for the U.S. floriculture, nursery and specialty crop industries, including greenhouse food crops.
A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, snowy and cold or dry and mild? The International Year of Soils and healthcare coverage in rural America. Please watch the video.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when Read the rest of this entry »
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is encouraging rural Americans to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. In a conversation this morning with Southeast AgNet, he said there are too many people across rural America who do not have health insurance coverage.
From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is now accepting applications for $4.5 million in expected federal funding for the Florida Specialty Crop Block Grant program.
The grant, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will be awarded to nonprofits, producers, academic institutions, government agencies and others to fund projects that will enhance the Read the rest of this entry »
A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree arrives and USDA research brightens the holidays. Please watch the video.
Alabama is planning some meetings on the educational section of the new Farm Bill. The Alabama Extension Service is teaming up with USDA and the Alabama Farmers Federation to have these meetings. Tyron Spearman tells us about the meetings, times and locations.
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Weekincludes details on cotton and peanut forecasts, veterans in agriculture, Florida orchid producer insights and more. Want to hear more about these topics? Click here to subscribe today and view the current issue.
In this follow up to the recent “PMA Fresh Summit 2014” in Anaheim, California, we feature Marcella Lucio, V. P. of Marketing and Sales for Silver Vase Orchids and Bromeliads in Homestead, Florida. With a beautiful display of her products in the Produce Marketing Association’s “Fresh Summit” this year, Lucio says it has become a great event for fresh flower and floral producers nowadays too, right along with the produce marketers who have grown the event into one of, if not the largest show of its kind in the world. Read the rest of this entry »
Article by: Pablo A. Navia Gine
Innovation Technical Leader
Pablo A. Navia Gine
Nematodes are the most prolific parasite on the planet. With more than 10,000 classified species worldwide, they can be found virtually everywhere — in soil, water, and inside plants and animals. Described as the “unseen enemy”, nematodes account for an estimated 14 percent of all worldwide plant losses, which translates into global yield losses of more than $100 billion annually, including $9.1 billion here in the U.S.
Crop production problems induced by nematodes generally occur as a result of root dysfunction, reducing rooting volume and foraging and poor utilization of water and nutrients. The most widespread and Learn more about NIMITZ and ADAMA.
More than 60,000 FFA members from across the U.S. are expected to attend the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo October 29th through November 1st. This is the second year of its three-year run in Louisville, Kentucky before it returns to Indianapolis for three years. Read the rest of this entry »
Lots is changing in produce and floral production and marketing these days. Produce Marketing Association (PMA) CEO Bryan Silbermann offers great insights in this lively and pointed discussion, in the midst of the 2014 PMA Summit held in Anaheim California this week.
While rain and storms have been a big part of the opening day for the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo, many folks braved the wet conditions to attend the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year Award luncheon. And when it was all over, the winner of this year’s event was crop farmer Philip Grimes of Tifton, Georgia.
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have stories concerning big news for the cotton industry, the announcement of grants for specialty crops, and talks this week between Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group.
We told you last week that the movie “Farmland” was produced to help better explain agriculture. And if you have yet to see the movie, Cindy Zimmerman reports today that the digital release of it is coming soon.