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House Agriculture Committee announces hearing series examining growing pressure in rural America

From the House Committee on Agriculture:

House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) announced today that the committee will begin a series of hearings titled Focus on the Farm Economy. Each of the six subcommittees will examine growing pressure in rural America from the perspective of the subcommittee. The first hearing in the series—Focus on the Farm Economy: Growing Read the rest of this entry »

Unique Gardens

gardensPeople are finding unique ways to grow their own food. Cathy Isom tells us about surprising places and spaces where gardens seem to be popping up more and more these days.


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There Is Interest in Agricultural Careers

agcareersA recent survey conducted for Land O’Lakes indicated very low interest in college grads pursuing a career in agriculture. But according to Eric Spell, AgCareers.com president, the company is seeing a very different trend, noting a 33 percent increase in the number of visits to its website in the last year.


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Feedback on Conservation Client Gateway

Jason Weller

Jason Weller

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has initiated the Conservation Delivery Streamlining Initiative (CDSI) and NRCS Chief Jason Weller, talks about the feedback they’ve received on the first part of that system, Conservation Client Gateway.


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Georgia Value Added Workshop

A Value Added Grant Workshop will be held this Thursday, March 31st, in Macon, Georgia. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Ag Producer, Agribusiness Confidence Reach New Lows

While the spring time of the year is usually when ag producers are optimistic about another crop, a new survey indicates that’s not the case this year. Low commodity prices, ongoing high input costs and low income projections have producers feeling more pessimistic about their industry than ever before.


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Economist Compares Cuba to the Dominican Republic

An economist with USDA says if Congress lifts the embargo on U.S. trade with Cuba, the nation could become like the Dominican Republic regarding exports.


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Students Participate in National Ag Day Activities in Washington D.C.

2016 National Ag Day LogoNational Agriculture Week the Agricultural Council of America sponsored 100 student representatives from across the country to participate in National Ag Day activities on the Hill. The students, from FFA, AFA, 4-H and Student NAMA, was there to put a face on the future of agriculture.


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Florida Woman is a Top Ten Honoree

National Search for 100 Fresh Perspectives Shaping Rural America and Agriculture

From Florida Farm Credit:

Kelly Mosley

Kelly Mosley

Green Cove Springs, FL March 17, 2016 – Kelly Mosley, a Career & Technical Education Specialist, Co-Owner of the Amazing Grace Crop Maze and a Director for the Clay County Farm Bureau is among the top 10 distinguished honorees being recognized nationally through Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives, a search to identify and honor 100 leaders who are changing rural communities and agriculture for the better. Mosley received this top ten distinction along with Read the rest of this entry »

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Historic Agreements for U.S.-Cuba Agriculture Sectors

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

HAVANA, March 21, 2016 – As part of President Obama’s historic trip to Cuba to further normalization of relations, advance commercial and people-to-people ties, and express our support for human rights for all Cubans, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced several measures that will foster further collaboration between the U.S. and Cuban agriculture sectors. The two neighboring countries share common climate and agriculture related concerns, and the measures announced today in Havana will mutually benefit the Cuban people and U.S. farmers and ranchers.

While in Cuba, Secretary Vilsack announced that USDA will allow the 22 Read the rest of this entry »

GATE Discussions Continue with Georgia General Assembly

Bryan Tolar

Bryan Tolar

Discussions concerning GATE, the Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption, continue in Atlanta. Bryan Tolar, president of the Georgia Agribusiness Council, says it continues to work on this issue with just two days left in the 2016 session.


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Small Tractor Sales Up 26 Percent

kubota-small-tractorRetail sales of farm tractors less than 40 horsepower were up 26.2 percent last month compared to February of 2015.


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