USDA Provides Tips and Resources for a Bacteria-Free Thanksgiving

Dan Industry News Release, Poultry

More than 45 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving Day, with a never-ending list of side dishes and desserts. The Thanksgiving meal is by far the largest and most stressful meal many consumers prepare all year, leaving room for mistakes that can make guests sick. But never fear, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) …


USDA Designates 83 Counties in Georgia as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 83 counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by Hurricane Irma that occurred from Sept. 10 through Sept. 12, 2017. Those counties are: Appling Crisp Lee Stewart Atkinson Decatur Liberty Sumter Bacon Dodge Long Tattnall Baker Dooly Lowndes Taylor Ben Hill Echols McIntosh Telfair Berrien …


Some Good News for Corn in the Latest USDA WASDE Report

Dan Corn, Crop Forecasts, Industry News Release

Last Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated a corn crop for 2017 higher than U.S. farmers have ever realized, coming in with a whopping 175.4 bushels to acre average. That would equate to a record 14.578 billion bushels of corn harvested this year. The yield guess was significantly higher than analysts like Mike Zuzolo from Global Commodity Analytics was …


Secretary Perdue Launches Veteran Resources at USDA

Dan Industry News Release

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the launch of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) resources to provide comprehensive and timely support to veterans interested in opportunities in agriculture, agribusiness, and in rural America. The resources include a new website and a USDA-wide AgLearn curriculum to allow all employees to understand the unique opportunities offered to our nation’s veterans. “From the beginning …


Lawmaker Combee Named to Federal Farm Post

Dan General, Legislative

State Rep. Neil Combee, R-Auburndale, will leave the Legislature after he was appointed Friday as federal Farm Service Agency and Rural Development state director. It was not immediately clear when Combee will leave the House. “Would like to stay until the end of Session unless it is an absolute requirement. Know for sure in a few days,” Combee tweeted Sunday. …

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USDA Invests in Research to Improve Domestic Aquaculture Production

Dan Aquaculture, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced grants to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture in the U.S. These awards were made through the Aquaculture Research Program authorized by the Competitive Special and Facilities Research Grants Act, administered by NIFA. “By 2030, it’s estimated that nearly two-thirds of fish consumed …


USDA Issues Safety-Net Payments to Alabama Farmers

Dan Alabama, Industry News Release

USDA Alabama Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director, Jacqueline McCloud, announced that approximately 180,000 Alabama farms that enrolled in safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will receive financial assistance for the 2016 crop year. The programs, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), are designed to protect against unexpected drops in crop …