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Farm Sector Financial Stress Still Climbing

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 »

USDA Announces Applications Available for Conservation Stewardship Program

USDA/NRCSUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama has announced they will accept and process applications for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) beginning November 14, 2016.


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AFBF Economist on What Happens Now with the Election Over

afbf-logoDuring 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.


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FSA County Committee Election Process Underway

Val Dolcini

Val Dolcini

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced they’ve begun mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the 2016 FSA County Committee elections. Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini explains the significance of producer-elected FSA County Committees and some of the duties and services they provide to farmers and ranchers in their area.


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Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 5, 2016, to ensure that their vote is counted.

Florida NRCS Holding State Technical Advisory Committee Meeting

Russell Morgan

Russell Morgan

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.


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Bees and Honey

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Everett Griner talks about bees busy pollinating around the country and making honey in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. ?

Florida NRCS Meeting Seeking Recommendations

USDAUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida wants to remind landowners across the state that they will conduct a State Technical Advisory Committee Meeting on November 15 from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Doyle Conner Agriculture Building Auditorium in Gainesville.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight – Veterans Services

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks about the department’s efforts to honor and assist Florida’s veterans and active-duty military.


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To learn more about Veteran Services, click here http://www.freshfromflorida.com/.
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USDA Designates 5 More Counties in Alabama as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Barbour, Bullock, Elmore, Walker and Winston counties in Alabama as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by a recent drought.

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Alabama also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are: Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Designates 3 Counties in Florida as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Alachua, Flagler and Putnam counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to damage and losses caused by insufficient chill hours that occurred from Nov. 1, 2015, through March 31, 2016.

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Florida also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are: Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Designates 7 More Counties in Georgia as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Crawford, Crisp, Dooly, Lee, Macon, Sumter and Worth 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 »

Farmers Pessimistic About 2017

Farming tractorThe Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer turned lower in October, dropping to an index reading of 92, the lowest reading since last March. That’s also the lowest index since data collection began back in October of 2015.

Producers’ expectations of the long-term health of the ag economy dove in October, with the Index of Future Expectations dropping to 95 in October, down from 109 in September and the July peak of 121. Producers responding to the survey are very pessimistic about the ag economy over the next year. 79 percent of respondents expect Read the rest of this entry »

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