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Farm Groups Discuss Carbon Market Bill With Lawmakers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, USDA-NASS

Various farm groups were in Washington D.C. Wednesday to offer their support for a climate bill that would give farmers access to carbon offset markets. During a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, discussion centered around the Growing Climate Solutions Act, which would create a certification program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help solve technical barriers to participation in …

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USDA to Provide $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Businesses and Ag Producers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Industry, USDA-NASS

Contact: USDA PressEmail: press@oc.usda.gov WASHINGTON, D.C., May 21, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the Department is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, agricultural producers that are not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans may receive funding …

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USDA Seeks Feedback From Producers About 2020 Crops and Stocks

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, USDA-NASS

ATHENS, GA – During the next several weeks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct the June Agricultural Survey. The agency will contact nearly 5,000 producers across Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina to determine crop acreage and stock levels as of June 1, 2020. “The June Agricultural Survey is a critical survey of commodities …

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Final 2019 Cotton Crop Numbers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Florida, Georgia, USDA-NASS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) has released the final production figures from the 2019 cotton crop. Chris Singh, with NASS in Washington, D.C., reports the crop was up 8% from 2018. The 2019 final all cottonproduction was estimated at 19.9 million 480-pound bales, up 8% from the 2018 crop. The United States all cotton yield …

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Cash Receipts for Meat Animals Are Up

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Cattle, Florida, Georgia, USDA-NASS

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), 2019 production of meat animals (cattle and calves and hogs and pigs) for the U.S. totaled 85.3 billion pounds. This was an increase of 1% from 2018. Production decreased 2% for cattle and calves but increased 5% for hogs and pigs. Total 2019 cash receipts from marketing …

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NASS Preparing for 2022 Census of Agriculture

Clint Thompson USDA-NASS

The National Agricultural Statistics Service recently mailed out the National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS) to 350,000 potential farmers and ranchers. The NACS will help identify all those engaged in agricultural activity in the country to ensure that they are included in the 2022 Census of Agriculture. NASS requests that each person who receives the survey respond by May 4. “NACS …

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USDA Support for Specialty Crop Innovation R and D

Clint Thompson Specialty Crops, USDA-NASS

A study has looked into Agriculture Department research support for specialty crop automation and mechanization technologies. Rod Bain has the story.   Economic researcher, Greg Astill, offers examples of various categories of research conducted by USDA in the realm of specialty crop automation and mechanization technologies.

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Perdue Outlines Basics of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Clint Thompson Industry, USDA-NASS

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) on Friday. This new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program will take several actions to assist farmers, ranchers and consumers in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. President Trump directed USDA to craft this $19 billion immediate relief program to provide critical support to our farmers and …

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Corn Growers Have a Totally New Thing to Consider

Dan Alabama, Corn, USDA-NASS

Corn growers have plenty of things to consider when they make their planting plans, such as prices, input costs and weather. But according to a story from Gary Crawford, this year they’ve got a totally new wild card to analyze. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports that in Alabama this year, corn planted is estimated at 370,000 acres, up …

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Florida Wetland Reserve Easement Applications Due Next Week

Clint Thompson Florida, USDA-NASS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida reminds landowners across the state that the deadline for applications to fund Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE) is coming up next Monday, April 6. Agricultural landowners and Indian tribes can apply for a WRE to restore wetlands, protect wildlife habitat and recharge groundwater on their property. Eligible landowners can enroll in a permanent …