In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about a new report showing demand for recent college graduates with degrees in ag programs, the final 2014 cotton crop numbers and estimates for the 2015 peanut crop, along with a story about a new health fad.
The Alabama legislative session each year is limited to 30 meeting days within a period of 105 calendar days, meaning there are eight regular session days left in the 2015 session. Leigha Cauthen, executive director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council, looks of what lawmakers discussed this past week.
The annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course took place this past week in Gainesville. Various topics were discussed, including one that was titled “What Kind of Beef Should We Be Producing, Fixing the Current Beef Industry Model.” Florida Cattlemen’s Association’s Jim Handley sat in on that discussion and explains what it was about.
USDA released their monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report this week and when it comes to the livestock, poultry and dairy section, total U.S. red meat and poultry production in 2016 is projected to be above 2015.
Georgia Grown’s “Feed My School for a Week” program just received its strongest application pool for participation in the program for the 2015 school year with 34 schools. Feed My School first launched in 2011 with a goal to help bridge the gap in nutritional value and quality of food served in Georgia schools, while providing more Read the rest of this entry »
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, May 14, 2015-The state officially lost its appetite Thursday for buying a large chunk of sugar land to help restore the Everglades.
The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board voted unanimously to terminate an option that had been signed by former Gov. Charlie Crist to purchase 46,800 acres in the Everglades from U.S. Sugar Corp.
Like sunshine and white sandy beaches, citrus is synonymous with Florida.
But citrus greening, a bacterial disease that is spreading through Florida’s citrus groves, poses an existential threat to Florida’s signature crop. In just 10 years, citrus greening has cut Florida’s annual citrus harvest in half. That’s why we must take bold action to reverse the decline in citrus production.
A new report produced by Purdue University, with grant support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, shows demand for recent college graduates with degrees in ag programs. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden gives her take on steps that might attract more students into a career in the agricultural sector.
Memphis, TN – The central focus of the Agricultural and Environmental Research department at Cotton Incorporated is recognizing and responding to issues cotton producers identify as having an impact on their farm. Timely access to objective information about new cotton varieties is a top priority to both cotton producers and consultants. Through a special Read the rest of this entry »
A big crowd is on hand for the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association spring quarterly board meeting in Montgomery today. Dr. Billy Powell is pleased to see such a big crowd to not only take part in association business, but also to be involved in their annual visit to the state legislature.
Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week includes a report from a citrus and peach grower, details on the latest citrus crop forecast and news from the Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC). Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.
The World Trade Organization is expected to issue a final ruling soon on Mexico and Canada’s challenge of U.S. country-of-origin labeling regulations for red meat. A ruling against the U.S. could give Canada and Mexico the green light to impose retaliatory tariffs on imports of some U.S. products. Ralph Loos has the story.
APALACHICOLA, May 13, 2015……….A potential landmark in Florida’s long-running dispute with Georgia and Alabama over the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system came Wednesday, when 56 people from the three states unanimously approved what they described Read the rest of this entry »
The annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course is taking place today through Friday at the Alto and Patricia Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center in Gainesville. University of Florida’s Dr. Matt Hersom runs through the lineup for this year’s event.
From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida:
Gainesville, FL. May 13, 2015 –Agricultural producers seeking federal crop insurance must have their Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form, commonly called form AD-1026, on file with their local USDA service center by June 1.