USDA’s latest cattle on feed report shows that as of February 1 of this year, there were 10.7 million head in feedlots, which is slightly more than a year ago. And according to Gary Crawford, there are more signs that cattle producers are beginning to take the first steps toward expanding the herd.
A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, the 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum. Check out the video.
Everett Griner talks about how wires changed farm life in today’s Agri View.
From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Atkinson, Coffee and Ware counties in Georgia as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by excessively dry weather and drought that occurred from Read the rest of this entry »
Cathy Isom tells us how advances in agricultural, biotechnology and data are showing signs that a new Green Revolution could be on the way.
From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $20 million is being made available to improve wildlife habitat and enhance public access for recreational opportunities on privately held and operated farm, ranch and forest lands. Funding is available to state and tribal governments through the Read the rest of this entry »
Tyron Spearman has this reminder that crop updates will be needed this week.
A scientist has quantified what most Florida citrus growers can’t – the percentage of fruit lost to HLB-induced fruit drop. University of Florida researcher Tripti Vashisth reports on fruit drop in two Polk County groves.
Last week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s report. The report is a recommendation to the department secretaries as they develop the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that will be released later this year. According to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, unfortunately, the report is inconsistent, and if adopted, will lead to conflicting dietary advice.
From the National FFA Organization:
INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Feb. 23, 2015/National FFA Organization) – More than a half-million students in all 50 states will share the importance of agriculture in our daily lives, spread their passion for agriculture and host communitywide events to help others in need this week.
It’s National FFA Week and a host of activities are planned to raise awareness about Read the rest of this entry »
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama wants farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to know that February 27 is the final day to apply for funding through the Conservation Stewardship Program.
Everett Griner talks about disposable dates on packages not set in stone in today’s Agri View.
The rest of the ACA officer team include Read the rest of this entry »
From The Sugar Association:
The Sugar Association is troubled by the lack of consistency in the scientific process and quality of evidence used by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (Committee) as the basis for its Advisory Report to the Secretaries of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Committee’s conclusions on “added sugars” intake are not based on the established evidence-based review process of the full body of science, which raises serious concerns the Committee Read the rest of this entry »
You could soon be seeing more backyard and community gardens cropping up in urban areas. Cathy Isom tells us why.
The 72nd Annual Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show is underway in Huntsville as with snow falling icy conditions are forecast for yet today. But many cattlemen from across the state have already arrived and were on hand for the board meeting this morning. ACA President Woody Clark says it has started out as another great event.
University of Florida researcher Larry Duncan discusses two nematodes in citrus groves. One has increased its population in recent years, and another poses more threats in the face of HLB.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency State Executive Director in Florida, Rick Dantzler, wants to remind producers of upcoming important deadlines for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC).
Temperatures apparently failed to reach citrus-damaging levels Thursday night and Friday morning, but there is some concern about bloom. Florida Citrus Mutual spokesman Andrew Meadows reports.