USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is conducting the 2014 Census of Horticulture. The census is the only detailed production and sales data for the U.S. floriculture, nursery and specialty crop industries, including greenhouse food crops.
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, snowy and cold or dry and mild? The International Year of Soils and healthcare coverage in rural America. Please watch the video.
On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about holiday charitable giving and how to find information on charities registered to solicit in Florida.
In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talks healthcare, more farm bill meetings will be held this next week, and we look at agriculture history.
Gary England, Extension agent in some northern citrus belt counties, describes a citrus freeze protection method commonly used in his area. The technique was introduced by a northern area citrus grower/caretaker who will be inducted into the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame in March.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when Read the rest of this entry »
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is encouraging rural Americans to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. In a conversation this morning with Southeast AgNet, he said there are too many people across rural America who do not have health insurance coverage.
Photo by Derek Alkire of a young longleaf pine forest
Florida is one of nine states included in USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Longleaf Pine Initiative that gives financial and technical assistance for conservation practices that help restore longleaf pine forests and enhance existing stands. And you are invited to check out their new Longleaf Pine Page, where several folks have generously volunteered to write blogs and there will be features about producers who are restoring LLP.
Yesterday evening the House passed the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, funding much of the government through Sept. 30, 2015. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President and Victoria, Texas cattleman, Bob McCan says this appropriations bill contained many Read the rest of this entry »
October meat export results, which were released earlier this week by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation, showed another outstanding month for U.S. pork exports to Mexico. In fact, pork export values to Mexico has already broken the full-year record set last year, and export volume to Mexico is on pace to set a new record for the third consecutive year. Joe Schuele has more.
Cattlemen, Extension agents and other stakeholders are all looking forward to attending educational events at the new Grazinglands Education Building at the University of Florida’s Range Cattle Research and Education Center in Ona. UF’s Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Jack Payne, is pleased with the new facility and how it all came together.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2014 –The U.S. Department of Agriculture is publishing a rule that outlines how it will improve the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), one of USDA’s largest conservation programs. The interim final rule includes program changes authorized by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill.
USDA has established a 60-day comment period for the rule. The rule is expected to be available in the Federal Register and regulations.gov on Friday, Dec. 12. Beginning Friday, public comments can Read the rest of this entry »
Washington, D.C. – Dec. 11, 2014 – The incidence of occupational injuries and illnesses within the poultry sector’s slaughter and processing workforce has fallen by 80 percent over the last 20 years and Read the rest of this entry »
State Conservation Engineer for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, Diane Guthrie, has an update concerning work that has taken place across Alabama through the Emergency Watershed Protection program this year.
We told you last week that USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida had an archaeologist on staff. And Dr. Shannon Dunn talks about some of her work with Indian Tribes in efforts to help them identify cultural sites.
David Zierden, state climatologist for Florida, tells what weather phase we are in and what impact that may have on the likelihood of an agricultural freeze this season. Zierden addressed the annual Winter Weather School in Tavares early in December.
The Federal Animal Disease Traceability rule went into effect in March 2013, but Georgia State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Cobb says he still gets questions from time to time about what tags are best to use.