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Vilsack: No Plans to Take Land to Meet Climate Goals

Clint Thompson General

We told you last week that the Biden Administration’s goal to conserve at least 30% of U.S. land and water by 2030, commonly known as “30X30,” was raising a few questions. As a matter of fact, there have been rumors they are planning to take land away from people and discourage consumers from eating beef to help fight climate change. …

Overgrown Mint

Clint Thompson General

What to do when your mint plants have taken over the garden. Cathy Isom explains on today’s This Land of Ours. While there are a number of uses for mint plants, invasive varieties, can quickly take over the garden. Other than placing barriers deep in the ground to prevent their runners from spreading, growing mint in containers is probably the best …

Kids’ Gardening Projects

Clint Thompson General

Today, Cathy Isom passes along information about gardening projects that kids will love. If you want to get the kids involved in gardening there are a ton of projects they can do and will love. One example, is taking that old plastic turtle shaped sandbox and repurposing it into a kid-friendly garden bed. Plant things that kids will love to …

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Farmers National Company Reports Booming Land Sales

Clint Thompson General

The dollar volume of land sales listed and sold by Farmers National Company during the first six months of its fiscal year ending March 31 was up 56% over the same period last year. Farmers National Company reports sales are up 67% over the average of the past three years. Total acres sold to date are up 59% compared to …

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GDA Produce Safety Alliance April Virtual Training Session

Dan Coronavirus, Field Crops, Fruits, Georgia, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) wants producers to know they have scheduled another 2-day virtual Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training. According to GDA Produce Safety Education and Outreach Coordinator Maggie Brown, sign up for that virtual training is underway. This Grower Training Course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement that requires at least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have …

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Secretary of Transportation on American Jobs Plan

Dan General, Labor and Immigration

As the Biden Administration rolls out the American Jobs Plan, there is a focus on helping agriculture and rural America. Pete Buttigieg, the new U.S. Secretary of Transportation, says transportation and infrastructure are vital for rural areas. The American Jobs Plan is a $2.3 trillion investment in infrastructure, the issue now is getting members from both parties and both chambers …

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USDA Providing Outreach Funding

Dan Economy, Field Crops, General, Peanuts

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced the availability of $2 million to establish partnerships with organizations to provide outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. Tyron Spearman has more information. Visit farmers.gov/cfap for details on all eligible commodities, producer eligibility, payment limitations and structure and additional program resources.

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Vilsack: Modifying CFAP to Get Help to Folks

Dan Coronavirus, Economy, General

Back on March 24th, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced an expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP-2). It’s part of a larger effort by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reach a greater share of farming operations and improve USDA pandemic assistance. Secretary Vilsack told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman they’ve been looking at ways to expand assistance to producers. Vilsack …

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Growing Matters Launches 2021 BeSure! Stewardship Campaign

Dan Field Crops, General, Nursery Crops, Pest/Pest Control, Specialty Crops

An agriculture industry collaboration, led by Growing Matters, wants everyone to be BeSure! when using neonicotinoid products on farms and urban landscapes. They are kicking off the third annual stewardship awareness campaign to promote best management practices. The BeSure! Campaign is reminding farmers, crop protection applicators, agricultural supply retailers, and others to ensure label directions and responsible stewardship measures are followed for neonicotinoid products, …