Specialty Crop Block Grants Totaling $474,000 Awarded to 19 Recipients in Alabama

Randall Weiseman Alabama, Fruits, General, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries: MONTGOMERY, AL – Alabama will receive almost $474,000 in funding to distribute to 19 specific project initiatives that have been approved as part of USDA’s 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) Program awards. “We are pleased to partner with USDA and administer the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program in Alabama,” said Commissioner …

U.S. Sugar’s 84th Annual Sugar Cane Harvest Starts After Rain Delay

Randall Weiseman Florida, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops, Sugar

From U.S. Sugar Corporation: Clewiston, FL – October 1, 2014– U.S. Sugar’s 84th annual sugarcane harvest, scheduled to begin Tuesday evening, was delayed until mid-afternoon Wednesday, October 1st and got off to an extremely slow and soggy start due to excessive rainfall. “More than a week of rain dumped nearly eight inches across the farming area, with standing water in …

Universities, Community Organizations Awarded 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grants

Randall Weiseman Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Tallahassee, FL – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today 33 projects will receive a total of $4.5 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) specialty crop block grants this year. The grant-supported projects include fighting pests and disease in avocados, snap beans, tomatoes and blueberries; providing more locally …

Georgia Peanut Commission Traveling to the Classic City to Promote Peanuts

Randall Weiseman Ag "Outdoors", Field Crops, Georgia, Industry News Release, Peanuts

From the Georgia Peanut Commission: TIFTON, Ga. (Oct. 1, 2014) – The Georgia Peanut Commission will be traveling to Athens, Georgia, this upcoming weekend to promote peanuts during Homecoming weekend at the University of Georgia. While in Athens, GPC will pass out koozies adorning the Georgia Peanuts logo, as well as its famous little red bags of peanuts to football …

United States and Brazil Reach Agreement to End WTO Cotton Dispute

Randall Weiseman Alabama, Cotton, Field Crops, Florida, General, Georgia, Industry News Release

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture: WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 – Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced that the United States and Brazil have reached agreement to settle the longstanding Cotton dispute in the World Trade Organization (WTO). Under the terms of the agreement, Brazil will terminate the Cotton case, giving up its rights …

NCC Commends Resolution of Brazil WTO Dispute

Randall Weiseman Alabama, Cotton, Field Crops, Florida, General, Georgia, Industry News Release

From the National Cotton Council: MEMPHIS — The National Cotton Council appreciates the U.S. government’s successful efforts to conclude the U.S.-Brazil trade dispute in the World Trade Organization through negotiation, thereby avoiding retaliation. NCC Chairman Wally Darneille reiterated that the U.S. cotton industry has undertaken extensive efforts to

USDA Threatens Domestic Food Supply with Proposed Rule

Randall Weiseman Beef, Cattle, Florida, General, Industry News Release, Livestock

From the office of Congressman Ted S. Yoho: Washington, DC¬– Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), along with others, sent a letter recently to Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Administrator Kevin Shea. The letter is asking the agency to halt the implementation of the their proposed rule from December 2013 – allowing for the importation of fresh and …