Georgia Department of Agriculture

Georgia Department of Agriculture Marks 150 Years of Service to Georgia’s #1 Industry

Dan Agri-Business, Georgia, Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA)

(GDA/Atlanta, GA/Feb. 26, 2024) — This year, the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) proudly celebrates its 150th anniversary, marking a historic milestone as the United States’ first and oldest State Department of Agriculture. Established on February 28, 1874, the Department has played a pivotal role in supporting and safeguarding Georgia’s agriculture industry. Since its inception, the Department has evolved to …

cell cultured meat

Cell-Cultured Meat Labeling Questions

Dan Agri-Business, Cattle, Livestock, Research

As advances in cell cultured meat continue, the questions around labeling the final product are growing. At last week’s USDA Agriculture Outlook Forum session on cell cultured meat, an audience member wondered how far labeling will go.   “Are we looking at a future where you’re going to have to have a cultured label and a conventional? And also are …


Ag Groups Respond to Dicamba Decision

Dan Agri-Business, Environment, Legislative, Regulation

Agriculture groups around the nation responded to the EPA’s decision to allow farmers to use existing stocks of dicamba for the upcoming planting season. The American Farm Bureau Federation sent a letter to EPA that read, “We are grateful to EPA for hearing farmers’ and ranchers’ concerns and addressing them quickly to ensure we have access to the critical tools …

small farms

USDA Helping Small Farms

Dan Agri-Business, Conservation, Economy, Environment, Funding, Greenhouse Gas, This Land of Ours

How the USDA is helping small farms. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Testifying before the House Agriculture Committee Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack listed several ways the USDA is helping small and mid-sized farms. “Climate Amart Agriculture Commodity initiative helping smaller-sized producers get a value-added proposition. Having farmers qualify for ecosystem service markets and when they do …


Vilsack Focuses on Farming’s Future Despite Protester

Dan Agri-Business

A protester tried to interrupt Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Thursday, as he gave his keynote speech at the USDA’s 100th Agriculture Outlook Forum. The protestor shouted at Vilsack, “You stole billions of dollars to bail out the chicken industry,” and accused him of creating the bird flu pandemic. Secretary Vilsack attempted to ask the woman to stay and listen to …

Georgia Department of Agriculture

Georgia Department of Agriculture Launches $7.1 Million Grant Program to Fortify Georgia’s Food Supply Chain

Dan Agri-Business, Field Crops, Georgia, Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA)

(GDA/Atlanta, GA/Feb 15, 2024) — Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper announced the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) has a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) under the Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure (RFSI) Grant Program. This initiative aims to strengthen Georgia’s food supply chain by providing funding for projects that enhance infrastructure and resilience. The …

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Over $4.5M Approved for Florida Farmers Impacted by Hurricane Idalia

Dan Agri-Business, Economy, Florida, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), Funding

(FDACS/TALLAHASSEE, FL/Feb 13, 2024) — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson announced that more than $4.5 million has been approved for farmers impacted by Hurricane Idalia through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Agriculture and Aquaculture Producers Natural Disaster Recovery Loan Program and the Silviculture Recovery Program. Launched less than one month ago, the two agricultural recovery programs aim to help Florida …


Market Prices, Input Costs, Pushing Expectations Lower

Dan Agri-Business, Economy

Farmer sentiment took a downturn at the start of 2024 as the January Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer Index fell to a reading of 106, eight points below a month earlier. Compared to year-end, producers had a more negative outlook of their farms’ current situation along with a weakened outlook for the future. The Current Conditions Index fell nine …

USDA Provides over $75 Million in State and National Projects Regarding Agriculture and Natural Resources

Dan Agri-Business, Specialty Crops, USDA, USDA-APHIS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced its investment of more than $75 million to state and national projects regarding agriculture and natural resources. More than $5 million will be dedicated to the state of Florida and more than $70 million will be utilized towards protecting the United States from invasive plants and species.   FLORIDA FUNDING   The USDA’s Animal …