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.
From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Taylor, Terrell and Warren counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by a recent drought.
Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Georgia also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are: Read the rest of this entry »
FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, November 15, 2016………. An additional 15 million Florida residents by 2070 could increase the demand for water by more than 50 percent, with a third of the state being paved over and a noticeable decline in agricultural land, according to a new report.
However, with modest water-conservation efforts and an emphasis on more compact development, the state could reduce the projected water demand and keep more farmland in use, the report by Read the rest of this entry »
New data from the Department of Agriculture shows the number of midsized farms is declining. The USDA Economic Research Service found midsized farms declined by five percent between 1992 and 2012, to about 125,000. Midsize operations are defined as those with gross cash farm income between $350,000 and $1 million.
USDA attributed the decline partly due to Read the rest of this entry »
Financial stress in the farm sector is continuing to make a slow and steady climb. The stress continued to rise in the third quarter as income in the farm sector stayed low. The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Ag Credit Survey says producers are expending more working capital to meet financial obligations because of continued weakness in both the crop and livestock sectors of the ag economy.
Over 90 percent of bankers who responded to the survey said they’ve seen at least some deterioration in working capital their clients have available. 30 percent of bankers responded by reporting a Read the rest of this entry »
During the annual National Association of Farm Broadcaster’s Convention underway in Kansas City, Missouri, Chief Economist of the American Farm Bureau Federation, Dr. Bob Young spoke on a panel about what happens now that the election is over.
Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 5, 2016, to ensure that their vote is counted.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida will conduct a State Technical Advisory Committee meeting Tuesday, November 15 in Gainesville. State conservationist Russell Morgan says this meeting is being held to assist agricultural producers in meeting their land management goals while protecting our natural resources.