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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.

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Tuesday is Deadline to Return County Committee Election Ballots

Val Dolcini

Val Dolcini

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, newly elected county members will be sworn into office on January 1 to serve a 3-year term.


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Discussions on Tightening Estate Tax Rules

afbf-logoThe 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 that Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama’s Largest Farm Organization Elects Officers, Directors

From the Alabama Farmers Federation:

alfa-2017-board-of-directorJimmy 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Farm Income Drops 17 Percent in 2016

American AgricultureU.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.

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Kubota Begins Construction on Major Expansion of its National Distribution Center in Georgia

kubota-tractorKubota Tractor Corporation announced last week it has begun construction on an important 617,865 sq. ft. expansion of its National Distribution Center here in the Southeast. It will all take place on the company’s existing property in Jefferson, Georgia, adjacent to the Kubota Industrial Equipment (KIE) facility off of I-85 North.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight – Ag Environmental Awards

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

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.


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To learn more about the winners click, 2016 Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Awards.
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Florida Landowners Reminded about EQIP Programs

USDA/NRCSUSDA’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.


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FSA County Committee Elections Deadline Extended

usda-logoUSDA’s Farm Service Agency has announced a one week extension in this year’s County Committee election period. Rod Bain has more information.


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Vilsack Leaving Office in Better Shape

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will see his time end in that position come January, but he recently looked back on his eight years in the office. A conversation with President Barack Obama made him think about whether or not he was leaving the office in better condition than when he took the job eight years ago. Vilsack says after thinking about the topic for some time, he feels it is in better shape.


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ASTA Looking Forward to Upcoming Events

Andy Lavigne

Andy Lavigne

The American Seed Trade Association is gearing up for a couple of big events, one in Chicago and one in Orlando. ASTA CEO, Andy LaVigne, says the first one is coming up next month.


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Southeast Leaders on Short List for Trump Administration Positions

When it comes to appointments concerning agriculture, President Elect Donald Trump has begun the process to fill a few positions, including his pick for the next Secretary of Agriculture. And it’s been reported that a few leaders from here in the Southeast are on that list. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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