Animal Agriculture

Nominations Open for Animal Agriculture Water Quality Committee

Dan Beef, Bison, Cattle, Dairy, Equine, Irrigation, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep-Goats, USDA-EPA, Water

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Federal Register Notice on November 16 establishing the Animal Agriculture Water Quality Subcommittee. It’s under the umbrella of the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee. Nominations are open for members who want to serve on the subcommittee. The primary subcommittee goal will be to develop recommendations that will inform the Agency’s …


Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Announces Final Project Acquisition List for Rural and Family Lands Protection Program

Dan Agri-Business, Florida, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), Forestry, Wetland

(FDACS/TALLAHASSEE, FL/Nov. 20/2023) — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson announced the final project acquisition list for the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program following the program’s final public meeting which was held in Tallahassee to create a ranked list of agricultural lands eligible for protection. “Today is an important milestone in our pursuit of preserving Florida’s productive agriculture lands. …


Concerns Raised Over EPA’s Proposed Wastewater Regulation

Dan Beef, Cattle, Environment, Livestock, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Pork, Poultry, USDA-EPA, Water

Many in the livestock industry are very concerned about a proposed wastewater regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning wastewater from meat and poultry processing facilities. It is expected to require meatpackers and processors to install millions of dollars of upgrades to their wastewater management systems. So, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) Chief Legal Strategist, Michael Formica, along with representatives from the U.S. Poultry …

Georgia counties

North Georgia Counties Designated as Primary Natural Disaster Areas Following Recent Drought

Dan Agri-Business, Drought, Economy, Funding, Georgia, Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA), Irrigation, Water, Weather

(GDAC/Atlanta, GA/Nov. 10, 2023) — United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack has issued a natural disaster declaration for 11 Georgia counties following a sustained period of drought, adding to the four Northwest Georgia Counties already declared primary natural disaster areas last week. Impacted counties include Bartow, Cherokee, Dawson, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Lumpkin, Murray, Pickens, and Whitfield, which have sustained eight …


Much Needed Rains Headed to Southeast Quadrant

Dan Water, Weather

While in some cases the weather forecast is calling for only spotty showers in the Southeast, other areas in a stretch from the Texas Gulf Coast along the coastal Southeast could see beneficial precipitation yet this week. Rod Bain has more details.


USDA-NRCS in Georgia Announces Sign-Up for Conservation Easements Program

Dan Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – Wetland Reserve Easements (ACEP-WRE), Agricultural Land Easements (ALE), Conservation, Environment, Georgia, USDA-NRCS, Water, Wetland

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia (NRCS-GA) has announced a sign-up for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) for fiscal year 2024. The ACEP is a program that has two components, known as Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) and Wetlands Reserve Easements (WRE). Georgia State Conservationist Terrance O. Rudolph said, “ACEP is a great way for landowners and eligible entities to conserve, …


EPA Amends WOTUS Rule; NCBA Responds

Dan Beef, Cattle, Environment, Legislative, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Water, WOTUS Act

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says in order to conform to the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Sackett v. EPA case, it and the U.S. Department of the Army are amending the 2023 definition of “Waters of the United States”(WOTUS) rule (.pdf). EPA Administrator Michael Regan says while he’s “disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision in the Sackett case, EPA and Army have an obligation to …


Alabama Irrigation Assistance Signup Runs through July 31

Dan Alabama, Environment, Irrigation, Soil, Water

A signup is underway in parts of Alabama for those interested in financial assistance for new irrigation systems. Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee (SWCC) Assistant Executive Director, Ashley Henderson, told Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman this signup will run until July 31st. To learn more about the Alabama Irrigation Initiative, click here.