biden

USDA Support for Specialty Crop Innovation R and D

Clint Thompson Specialty Crops, USDA-NASS

A study has looked into Agriculture Department research support for specialty crop automation and mechanization technologies. Rod Bain has the story.   Economic researcher, Greg Astill, offers examples of various categories of research conducted by USDA in the realm of specialty crop automation and mechanization technologies.

secretary

Perdue Outlines Basics of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Clint Thompson Industry, USDA-NASS

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) on Friday. This new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program will take several actions to assist farmers, ranchers and consumers in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. President Trump directed USDA to craft this $19 billion immediate relief program to provide critical support to our farmers and …

corn growers

Corn Growers Have a Totally New Thing to Consider

Dan Alabama, Corn, USDA-NASS

Corn growers have plenty of things to consider when they make their planting plans, such as prices, input costs and weather. But according to a story from Gary Crawford, this year they’ve got a totally new wild card to analyze. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports that in Alabama this year, corn planted is estimated at 370,000 acres, up …

conservation

Florida Wetland Reserve Easement Applications Due Next Week

Clint Thompson Florida, USDA-NASS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida reminds landowners across the state that the deadline for applications to fund Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE) is coming up next Monday, April 6. Agricultural landowners and Indian tribes can apply for a WRE to restore wetlands, protect wildlife habitat and recharge groundwater on their property. Eligible landowners can enroll in a permanent …

Chief Economist Comments on Cotton Planting Intentions

Clint Thompson Alabama, Corn, Cotton, Florida, Georgia, Peanuts, USDA-NASS

When USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its 2020 Planting Intentions Report Tuesday, it noted growers intend to plant 13.7 million acres of cotton this year, which is down less than 1% from last year. USDA Chief Economist, Rob Johansson, talked about what the new report says about possible cotton acreage for 2020. Key findings for crops here in …

prospective plantings

USDA Prospective Plantings Report Coming Tuesday

Dan Field Crops, USDA-NASS

March will wrap up with the release of USDA’s highly anticipated report on what farmers are intending to plant this spring. The Prospective Plantings Report will be released Tuesday, March 31st at noon EDT. Chief of the Crops Branch of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Lance Honig, says this report is highly anticipated. Honig notes actual plantings this year could …

nass

NASS Remains Operational and Reports on Schedule Amid COVID-19

Dan Industry News Release, USDA-NASS

Asks farmers and ranchers to complete surveys online (USDA/NASS) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) statistical reports remain on schedule amid the COVID-19 pandemic, including the March 26 Hogs and Pigs and March 31 Prospective Plantings reports. NASS also continues to collect data for all upcoming reports, asking farmers and ranchers to complete their …

conservation

Ag Land Conservation Easement Signup Announced in Florida

Clint Thompson USDA-NASS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida has announced applications to fund agricultural easements in the state are now being accepted. NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to conserve working lands and wetlands through two programs: Agricultural Land Easements and Wetland Reserve Easements. Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis, funding selections are typically made once a year. …

cotton production

Slight Decrease in U.S. Cotton Production Forecast

Dan Cotton, USDA-NASS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its January crop reports today, and Chris Singh with NASS in Washington, D.C., says the U.S. cotton production estimate is down 1 percent from the previous forecast. All cotton production is forecast at 20.1 million 480-pound bales, down 1 percent from the previous forecast but up 9 percent from 2018. Yields are …