Florida State Conservationist

Florida State Conservationist Promoting EQIP

Dan Conservation, Environment, Florida, USDA-NRCS

Many producers and landowners are familiar with the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). But some may not be familiar with all of the practices offered under EQIP. So, Florida State Conservationist Juan Hernandez, with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), wants you to know that EQIP applications are accepted on a continuous basis. Through EQIP, assistance is available to help producers and landowners plan and …

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NCBA on Infrastructure Package

Dan Cattle, Economy, Environment, Legislative, Regulation

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, otherwise known as the Build Back Better bill, is an infrastructure package focused on creating American jobs, rebuilding our nation’s roads and bridges, and combatting the climate crisis. President Biden signed the $1 trillion infrastructure deal into law back in mid-November. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Vice President of Government Affairs, Ethan Lane, says this …

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Dicamba Resistant Waterhemp Found in Illinois

Dan Environment, Research

University of Illinois weed scientists have confirmed resistance to the herbicide dicamba in a Champaign County waterhemp population. In the study, dicamba controlled 65 percent of the waterhemp in the field when applied at the labeled rate. And in the greenhouse, plants showed a 5-to-10-fold reduction in dicamba efficacy compared with sensitive plants. It’s not a huge level of resistance, …

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APHIS Proposes Amendments to Import Regulations for Horses

Dan Equine, Exports/Imports, Livestock

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS) seeks public comments on proposed amendments to its import regulations for horses. The proposed amendments would better align regulations with international standards, according to USDA. The proposal also allows both APHIS and the equine industry more flexibility for permitted imports, while continuing to mitigate the risk of bringing contagious …

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BMPs Addressed in Bill

Dan Citrus, Research

Florida Sen. Ben Albritton filed a bill (SB 1000) to address issues related to best management practices (BMPs), the Nov. 19 Florida Citrus Mutual Triangle newsletter reported. According to the Triangle, the bill addresses several issues stemming from outdated science supporting University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) nutrient recommendation rates pertaining to BMPs. The bill also …

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Register Now for Georgia Cattlemen’s Convention

Dan Cattle, Georgia

Georgia cattle producers are being urged to register now for the 2022 Georgia Cattlemen’s Convention which will be held Feb. 16-18. Dale Sandlin, executive vice president of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association (GCA), says the 2022 Convention will be held in Savannah. Sandlin said their convention planning committee has worked hard to make sure they’ve got a fantastic program planned for securing beef’s future in …

Alabama Beef Checkoff

Alabama Cattlemen Heading to Washington DC

Dan Alabama, Cattle

A few members of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association (ACA) will be heading to our nation’s capital next week to discuss issues of importance to cattle producers in the state. ACA Executive Vice President Erin Beasley says they are really looking forward to the trip.

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Hurricane Season Ending

Dan Weather

(Tallahassee, FL/Nov. 320, 2021) — For the second consecutive year, the hurricane season has exhausted a list of storm names. But, November 30th marks the end of the 2021 season, and Florida has had brushes with only three named systems that were mostly rainmakers with tropical-storm force winds. Elsa made landfall in Taylor County after dropping from hurricane to tropical-storm …