GCC Encourages Participation in QLA Program

Clint Thompson Cotton, Georgia, Weather

Georgia cotton producers impacted by Hurricane Michael in 2018 are encouraged to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) Program. The QLA program provides financial assistance to crop producers who experienced quality losses caused by qualifying disaster events in 2018 or 2019. The Georgia Cotton Commission GCC encourages producers to participate, says executive director Taylor …


Expectation of La Niña and Florida Citrus

Dan Citrus, Weather

A moderate La Niña climate phase is expected through spring 2021. This indicates that slightly above average temperatures and slightly less rainfall than normal can be expected in Florida’s citrus belt. Multi-county citrus Extension agent Ajia Paolillo made that announcement during a virtual Dec. 22 OJ Break presented by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). …


USDA Designates Alabama Counties as Natural Disaster Areas

Clint Thompson USDA, Weather

Losses resulting from Hurricane Zeta MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries Rick Pate announces that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 13 Alabama counties as primary disaster areas, due to damage and losses caused by Hurricane Zeta that occurred from October 28 through October 29, 2020. USDA reviewed the Loss Assessment Reports and determined that there were …


Commissioner Fried Comments on Hurricane Sally Secretarial Disaster Declaration

Clint Thompson Florida, Weather

Tallahassee, Fla. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture granted Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried’s request on Tuesday for a Secretarial disaster declaration for several key counties impacted by Hurricane Sally. The Secretarial disaster declaration names Calhoun, Gadsden, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington Counties as primary disaster areas related to Hurricane Sally, as well as Bay, Gulf, Leon, Liberty, and Walton as …

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Hurricanes Devastating on Alabama Cotton

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Weather

Weather once again played a pivotal role in Alabama’s cotton crop this season. Most notably, the southern part of the state was devastated by multiple hurricanes that reduced yields and crop quality in those areas, says Steve Brown, Alabama Extension cotton specialist. “I think in late summer we felt like we had a pretty good crop, above average, if not …


GOP Leaders Look at Climate Change Plans

Dan Climate Change, Industry News Release, Weather

(NSF) — Planning work to address flooding from rising sea levels, similar to how the state maps out road and bridge projects for five years, is being considered by the new Republican leaders of the Florida House and Senate. House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, and Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, expressed a desire Tuesday to establish work programs that …


Alliance Unveils Unprecedented Climate Policy Recommendations

Dan Climate Change, Industry News Release, Weather

Agriculture and environmental groups find ways that farmers, ranchers, forest owners and food sector can deliver and benefit from climate solutions (AFBF) — An alliance of groups representing farmers, forest owners, the food sector, state governments and environmental advocates today unveiled an unprecedented set of recommendations to guide the development of federal climate policy.  The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) …

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Winter Weather Outlook Could Spell Trouble for Farmers

Dan Weather

The winter weather outlook could spell trouble for some farmers across the country, as a LaNina weather pattern is developing. Gary Crawford has a report looking at what that actually means for weather conditions over the next few months.


Eta Leaves Florida, but Be Prepared for More

Dan Florida, Industry News Release, Weather

(NSF) — Tropical Storm Eta made its second landfall in Florida Thursday morning, near Cedar Key in Levy County. As of midday, the storm was heading back out to sea, after exiting Florida near Jacksonville. More than 30 thousand people in the state remain without power according to the National Weather Service, and significant flooding remains an issue in South …


Get Florida Freeze Updates With Winter Weather Watch

Dan Citrus, Florida, Fruits, Specialty Crops, Vegetables, Weather

By Chris Oswalt There was a time back in 1962, on Dec. 12 and 13, when a devastating freeze in Florida decimated a significant portion of the state’s citrus industry. In Polk County, the freeze caused serious damage to 134,000 acres of citrus. In 1963, citrus growers were concerned about receiving timely weather information and frost warning bulletins. Back then, …