From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida:
Richard McGinley (USDA Photo by Gail Hendricks)
Gainesville, Fla., Nov. 13, 2014 – Once upon a time, fulltime farmers were the norm. That’s not necessarily the case today. According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, more than half of Florida’s principal farm operators report primary occupations other than farming.
Richard McGinley is a good example. He spent his early years in the Miami area. Until he was in high school he lived in the city, then his Dad moved the family to Ocala, located in central Florida, to begin farming. But McGinley had other interests that took him far from farming. He Read the rest of this entry »
USDA’s Ag Marketing Service opened the comment period this week in the process to create a second producer-funded beef check-off program. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack had the details of the notice of inquiry posted in the Federal Register this week and Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, explains their concerns with this proposal.
We are very excited to name Will Bentley as our new Executive Vice President. Will has been with GCA since January as the Director of Association Services and has a true love and passion for the cattle industry. He has been handling some of the EVP duties since August and has handled it extremely well.
Will is from Thomaston, Georgia where he and his family own a commercial Angus based cow-calf operation. He has been heavily involved in his family’s cattle operation his entire life. He received his Read the rest of this entry »
Based on a lengthy approval process using available scientific data and public input, USDA found the potatoes unlikely to pose a plant pest or environmental risk. The potatoes have been engineered for reduced bruising and lower potential to produce acrylamide when cooked under certain conditions
In this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know the beef checkoff is an investment into the future? Ashby Green from High Springs, Florida feels it’s a been a good investment for his operation.
Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week includes reports from researchers and growers who attended a recent University or Florida/IFAS Advanced Citrus Production Field Day. 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 deadline to submit comments in an effort to stop the EPA from expanding their Clean Water Act Authority is this Friday, November 14th. And the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is conducting a last ditch effort asking cattlemen and women to get their comments in. NCBA Environmental Counsel, Ashley McDonald, hopes individual producers will comment on how this proposed rule will impact their operation.
Roney Gutierrez, Assistant State Conservationist for Easements with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida, talks about the Wetlands Reserve Program and how it can help many landowners in the state.
The deadline to submit comments on EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule is this Friday, November 14. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack understands grower concerns about this and has passed those concerns along to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.
Next week, the National Cotton Council will be in Georgia holding educational meetings in Statesboro and Tifton about insurance options for cotton through the new STAX program. Georgia Cotton Commission’s Richey Seaton urges producers to attend the meeting nearest them.
In this month’s World Agriculture Supply and Demand reports, the Livestock, Poultry and Dairy section shows the forecast for total meat production in 2014 has been raised from last month, but the forecast for 2015 was lowered.
Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Weekincludes details on cotton and peanut forecasts, veterans in agriculture, Florida orchid producer insights and more. Want to hear more about these topics? Click here to subscribe today and view the current issue.
Citrus growers Cody Estes (first report) and Lee Jones share their opinions on under-screen citrus production and other advanced citrus production techniques demonstrated at a recent field day near Fort Pierce. The field day was hosted by the University of Florida-IFAS.
Dr. Billy Powell with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association urges producers to submit comments to stop the EPA from expanding its Clean Water Act Authority before the deadline, which is this Friday, November 14th.