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.
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.
The 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 »
Jimmy 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 »
U.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.
Kubota 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.
USDA’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.
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.
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.
Harold Browning, chief operations officer at the Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF), provides an overview of activities at the recent International Research Conference on HLB held in Orlando. The conference was hosted by Florida Citrus Mutual, with much assistance from CRDF. “There were nearly 500 participants from 24 countries” including for the first time […]
A new tarping regulation for citrus loads was put on hold by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Ag leaders say the industry should still make plans to comply, since the rules will soon be enforced. An enforcement date has not been announced, but could come as soon as April 1. The new […]