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Many Folks Work to Collect Info for NASS Surveys

Jay Johnson

Jay Johnson

There are various surveys that USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service conducts each year, and it takes a lot of people to get that information collected. Jay Johnson, director of the Eastern Field Offices for NASS, says they depend on enumerators to collect a lot of that information.


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Georgia Grown Moment – Georgia National Fair

Gary Black

Gary Black

For this week’s Georgia Grown Moment, Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black, talks about the 27th Annual Georgia National Fair in Perry and the new additions to the Georgia Grown building.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending September 2, 2016

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, Congress will soon return from its August recess but many feel little will get done before the November elections, farm sector profits are down from last year, trade teams are coming to the U.S. to see about getting more of our peanuts, retirement plan ideas for farmers, Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Designates 2 More Counties in Alabama as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Sep. 2, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Clay and Colbert counties in Alabama as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and 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

Cleburne, Coosa, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Randolph, Tallapoosa and Talladega

Farmers and ranchers in Tishomingo County in Mississippi also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their county is contiguous.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Sep. 1, 2016, making all qualified farm operators in Read the rest of this entry »

Two More Counties in Georgia Designated as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Sep. 2, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Jasper and Monroe 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:

Bibb, Butts, Crawford, Jones, Lamar, Morgan, Newton, Putnam and Upson

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Sep. 1, 2016, making all qualified farm operators in Read the rest of this entry »

Hurricane Poised to Pummel North Florida Coast

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM TURNER

News Service of FloridaTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 1, 2016………. Evacuations have been ordered for several Gulf Coast communities and state parks across North and Central Florida as the Sunshine State braces for the first hit from a hurricane in more than a decade.

“This is life-threatening. We have a hurricane,” Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday afternoon after Tropical Storm Hermine was upgraded to Hurricane Hermine. “You can rebuild a home. You can rebuild property. You cannot rebuild a life.”

Scott said people need to be prepared for Read the rest of this entry »

Cash Receipts for Ag Producers Down

Ear of corn against a field under cloudsFarmers as a whole should see lower cash receipts in 2016 compared to last year, according to USDA’s latest Farm Income Forecast. Rod Bain has the story.


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2016 Fresh Summit Convention & Expo Coming to Florida

pmaThe largest Fresh Summit expo ever is coming to Florida next month, as it will take place October 14-16 in Orlando. And according to the Produce Marketing Association (PMA), the 2016 Fresh Summit Convention & Expo will deliver the fresh produce and floral industry’s best innovations, networking and professional education. Read the rest of this entry »

Prepare for Tropical Storm Hermine Now

A Note from Adam Putnam, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Commissioner Adam Putnam

Agriculture Commissioner
Adam Putnam

Friend,
With Tropical Storm Hermine headed toward Florida and expected to make landfall later this week, now is the time to finalize a disaster preparedness plan for yourself, your family, your business and your pets and ensure you have the supplies you need to weather a storm.

It’s easy to grow complacent when we haven’t had a hurricane hit Florida in more than 10 years. However, when a Read the rest of this entry »

Less Profitability for Farmers This Year

Agriculture collageUSDA has released their latest Farm Income Forecast, and according to this story from Rod Bain, farm sector profits are down from last year.


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Conduct Business Online with NRCS Conservation Client Gateway

usda-nrcs-client-gatewayUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) encourages farmers and landowners across the Southeast, who have yet to try their new secure online portal, Conservation Client Gateway, to do so. James Tillman, NRCS southeast regional conservationist, says this is a way to take care of business through NRCS without having to drive in to a local office.


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Commissioner Putnam Names Cheryl Flood as Florida State Fair Executive Director

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

fdacs-sealTALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that he has appointed Cheryl Flood as the Executive Director of the Florida State Fair. Flood has served as Interim Director over the past six months and has contributed to the Florida State Fair since 2011.

“Cheryl’s passion for the Florida State Fair’s mission and drive to see it succeed is unrivaled,” Commissioner Adam H. Putnam said. “I have the utmost confidence in her experience and ability to continue to make the Florida State Fair the Read the rest of this entry »

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