From the Florida Department of Environmental Protection:
TALLAHASSEE- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands has surpassed the goal of selling $40 million of non-conservation land to purchase new, valuable conservation lands. The division finalized the sale of two more state-owned surplus non-conservation lands on Monday, Sept. 15, increasing the budget for future purchases to $43,991,070. The move supports the vision of the 2014-2015 Legislature, which gave the department the authority to sell up to Read the rest of this entry »
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association started an effort a few weeks back to get cattle producers and landowners involved in an effort to let the EPA know how they feel about their proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. And Dr. Billy Powell with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association urges those in his state to participate.
A few Mom’s will get a chance to learn more about the beef industry in Florida. Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council says an event will take place, thanks to the beef checkoff and the American National Cattlewomen, to promote the industry in Florida.
This weekend, the beef message will go out to many consumers in the Atlanta area through a radio show. And best of all, Georgia Beef Board’s Suzanne Bentley says they won’t need checkoff dollars to do this.
It was announced this afternoon that USDA will be awarding $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) to 47 organizations that will help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to accelerate innovation in private lands conservation. Some of those dollars are coming to Alabama and Florida, and Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller explains how these grants will be used.
MOLINE, Ill., Sept. 15, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the award of $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) to 47 organizations that will help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to accelerate innovation in private lands conservation. The Secretary made the announcement while visiting a farm in Illinois.
“These grants promote creativity and problem-solving efforts that benefit farmers and ranchers and protect our natural resources,” Vilsack said. “They’re critical in Read the rest of this entry »
University of Georgia cotton agronomist, Guy Collins, was pleased with last week’s Cotton Peanut Field Day at Tifton. And he talks about how important the Georgia Cotton Commission is to the research projects they conduct on these plots each year.
A little over two weeks ago USDA announced the start of the new risk management program for dairy farmers. The Dairy Margin Protection Program will allow dairy farmers to take steps to protect their business from economic risks beyond their control.
According to the United States Potato Board, the value of potato exports in the marketing year that ended in June 2014 reached over $1.7 billion, a 7.5 percent increase over the previous marketing year.
On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about the upcoming sales tax holiday on select ENERGY STAR and WaterSense energy and water-efficient products, from Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21, 2014.
This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports concerning EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, along with a look at the results of USDA’s monthly crop reports which came out this past week.
Gainesville, Fla., Sept. 12, 2014—Hughdon and Joan Holley have been farming 47 years, most of them while they worked fulltime jobs. They have since retired, but not from what they love to do. And next week Okaloosa County Farm Bureau will recognize them officially as the 2014 Farm Family of the Year for their innovation in farming and conservation.
We told you earlier this week that the National Farmers Union Board of Directors had voted to withdraw from the Beef Checkoff Working Group. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke to the NFU on ways to possibly amend the beef checkoff program, as Rod Bain has the story.
USDA released its World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates for September, and when it comes to the Livestock, Poultry and Dairy section, the forecasts for total meat production in both 2014 and 2015 were reduced from last month.