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Subcommittee Examines Credit Conditions in Farm Country

The second in a series of hearings entitled Focus on the Farm Economy, where each subcommittee examines the growing pressure in rural America, took place today in Washington D.C.


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Financial Assistance Helps Florida Nursery Owners Save Water

USDA/NRCSNursery owners in the Florida Counties of Lake, Seminole, Orange, Osceola, Polk and Volusia can apply until May 20 for financial and technical assistance to install water conservation practices through a special signup for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.


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Growing Financial Pressures for U.S. Farmers and Ranchers

Zippy Duvall

Zippy Duvall

The U.S. House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management recently held a hearing on the growing financial pressures faced by U.S. farmers and ranchers. Top farm leaders and experts testifying painted a grim picture of the farm economy on plummeting farm prices and income. One of those was American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall, who told the Subcommittee that Read the rest of this entry »

Financial Assistance Helps Florida Nursery Owners Save Water

Application deadline for financial assistance May 20

From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida:

USDAGAINESVILLE, Fla., April 15, 2016 — Nursery owners in Lake, Seminole, Orange, Osceola, Polk and Volusia counties can apply until May 20 for financial and technical assistance to install water conservation practices through a special sign-up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

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Alabama Still Accepting Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Applications

adaiThe Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) is still accepting grant applications for projects that enhance the competitiveness of U.S. specialty crops in foreign and domestic markets. .


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Subcommittee Examines Growing Farm Financial Pressures

Subcommittee Hears about Farm Financial Pressures

On Thursday, the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing on the growing financial pressures faced by U.S. farmers and ranchers.


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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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