John Deere Specialty Tractors

Randall Weiseman General, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

John Deere is really focusing on specialty markets for tractors these days. Starting next week they will be on the road showcasing the products during the Drive Green event which will be held at various locations in Florida. Note, the earlier announcement of Belle Glade as the Dec 5 location has been changed to Okeechobee on that same date. Dec …

John Deere Introduces New Compact Tractors for Market Niches

Gary Cooper Alabama, Citrus, Dairy, Field Crops, Florida, General, Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

In Sarasota, Florida this week John Deere officials displayed hundreds of tractors, many of them new models to become available in 2009, many of them geared toward the ‘lifestyle’ rural crowd and folks involved in things like citrus, nursery, vineyards and other agriculture operations. According to John Deere representatives on hand for the event, the new models coupled with the …


Secretary Perdue Announces New Innovation Initiative for USDA

Dan Industry News Release

The Agriculture Innovation Agenda is a Solution for Farmers, Consumers, and the Environment (USDA) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the Agriculture Innovation Agenda, a department-wide initiative to align resources, programs, and research to position American agriculture to better meet future global demands. Specifically, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will stimulate innovation so that American agriculture can …


Hemp Production Meetings Scheduled Throughout Alabama

Dan Alabama, Hemp, Industry News Release

(ACES) — As industrial hemp producers enter their second production year in Alabama, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System is offering informational meetings for interested growers. Alabama Extension’s hemp action team has spent the past year researching and assembling best management practices for new growers in Alabama. Specialists and regional agents will provide informational meetings throughout the state over the next few months. …


NCBA Unveils Top Policy Priorities For 2020

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Legislative, Regulation

(NCBA) — The Executive Committee of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) approved the organization’s top 2020 Policy Priorities. Approval came at the annual Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Like last year, NCBA’s top policy priorities include issues related to international trade, proper regulation of fake meat, and regulatory reform, although after a series of significant policy victories …

energy efficiency

Commissioner Nikki Fried: New Energy Efficiency Conversation Needed

Dan Biofuels/Energy, Energy, Environment, Florida, Industry News Release

Tallahassee, FL (FDACS-Sept. 26, 2019) — Last week, the Office of Energy in the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) filed a brief required by the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (FEECA). Since 1980, FEECA has directed Florida utility companies to develop meaningful energy efficiency and conservation measures. Every five years, most major utilities are required to …


USDA Research is Driving Technological Innovation

Dan Industry News Release, Technology

USDA scientists and researchers reported 320 new inventions in 2018 (Salinas, California — USDA) –  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its annual Technology Transfer Report (PDF, 14.9 MB), which highlights innovations from scientists and researchers that are solving problems for farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers; and creating opportunities for American businesses to thrive. Secretary Perdue discussed the release …

agricultural trucking

Senators Perdue, Merkley Lead Bipartisan Effort To Ease Burdens On Agricultural Trucking

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Legislative, Livestock

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) are leading a bipartisan effort to level the playing field for the transportation of agricultural products. The Agricultural Trucking Relief Act will expand the definition of an “agricultural commodity” to include horticultural and aquacultural products, promote consistency across all federal and state agencies, and ease regulatory burdens on the trucking industry. …


New Survey Examines Consumers’ Understanding of the Environmental Impact of Chicken Production

Dan Industry News Release, Poultry

National Chicken Council Seeks to Bridge the Gap Between Consumer Perception & Reality Further delivering on its commitment to transparency, the National Chicken Council (NCC) unveiled the findings of its new nationwide survey about how deeply consumers understand sustainable food practices as it relates to broiler chicken production, an industry that maintains one of the lowest environmental footprints in animal …


Industry Response to Ruling on Year-Round Sale Of E15 Gasoline

Dan Biofuels/Energy

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule on E15: “I appreciate President Trump’s steadfast support for our patriotic farmers and for his commitment to expand the sale of E15 and unleash the full potential of American innovation and ingenuity as we continue to demonstrate …