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Vilsack Leaving Office in Better Shape

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

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.


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ASTA Looking Forward to Upcoming Events

Andy Lavigne

Andy Lavigne

The American Seed Trade Association is gearing up for a couple of big events, one in Chicago and one in Orlando. ASTA CEO, Andy LaVigne, says the first one is coming up next month.


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Southeast Leaders on Short List for Trump Administration Positions

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.


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USDA Designates 3 More Counties in Georgia as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

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 »

Report Warns of Water Woes Unless Changes are Made in Florida

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER

News Service of FloridaTHE 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 »

USDA Data Shows Number of Midsize Farms Declining

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 »

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. ?

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