We’ve mentioned that it’s been a month since USDA announced new financial support for Florida citrus growers impacted by citrus greening. So I asked State Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Florida, Rick Dantzler, if growers were stopping by their local FSA offices to take part in this new program.
The proposed Waters of the U.S. rule from the EPA is one that has many concerned right now, including a few lawmakers. Cindy Zimmerman recently caught up with Katie Edwards, who represents Florida House District 98, and asked if she thought the states could handle this better.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) yesterday joined fellow Republican members of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee in writing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to request immediate withdrawal of the agriculture Interpretive Rule to Waters of the United States (WOTUS).
The new agriculture rule released in conjunction with the controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) proposal could Read the rest of this entry »
Despite the fact the World Trade Organization once again ruled against the U.S. requirement of Country of Origin meat labeling, there are some agriculture and consumer groups who say the U.S. should not give up on COOL.
More than 60,000 FFA members from across the U.S. are expected to attend the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo October 29th through November 1st. This is the second year of its three-year run in Louisville, Kentucky before it returns to Indianapolis for three years. Read the rest of this entry »
The 2015 Livestock Marketing Association’s Eastern Regional for the World Livestock Auctioneering Championship took place this week in Arcadia. 25 contestants vied for a top 10 spot to attend the world event next summer. Jim Handley with the Florida Cattlemen’s Association says it was a fantastic event for the state of Florida.
While the drought continues to plaque pastures and rangelands in the southwestern parts of our country, that’s not the case elsewhere. As a matter of fact, USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says their latest report on the condition of range and pastures in the U.S. shows some near record conditions in a few areas.
The World Organization for Animal Health confirmed that an animal-feed supplement suspected of spreading a deadly pig virus is not likely to transmit the disease if manufacturers follow proper safety measures.
A Crop Management Seminar is coming up November 12-13 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference center in Tifton, Georgia. And Georgia Cotton Commission’s Richey Seaton hopes cotton producers in the state will be able to attend.
From the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries:
Montgomery, AL – Tomorrow, Friday, October 24, Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan will join state leaders and organizers across the state in an effort to support Food Day, a national celebration focusing on the importance of a healthy diet and improving food policy.
This year is the first year Food Day has been coordinated on a statewide level in Alabama, with the main priorities being Read the rest of this entry »
It’s official…with the tally from the 2014 growing season complete, Georgia now leads the nation in blueberry production.
From the University of Georgia:
University of Georgia blueberry breeder Scott NeSmith, who is often credited with helping to create the beginnings of this blueberry tsunami, was surprised to hear Georgia’s production topped the Read the rest of this entry »
Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week includes reports on IMG Citrus investing in groves and a packinghouse as well as details on newly announced citrus grower tax reductions. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.
From the Florida Department of Environmental Protection:
TALLAHASSEE – Today, Governor Scott announced that more than 27.1 million people visited Florida’s state parks and trails between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, generating nearly $2.1 billion in direct economic impact. In the year following the state parks system winning a third National Gold Medal in Excellence, record-breaking numbers of visitors were enjoying Florida’s natural treasures and outdoor areas. In fact, more than 1.5 million more people visited in 2013-2014 than 2012-2013. To support this increase in attendance, Read the rest of this entry »
This past Monday the WTO ruled that the mandatory Country-Of-Origin Labeling statute violates U.S. international trade obligations by discriminating against Canadian cattle and pigs and Mexican cattle. And Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says this brings us one step closer to retaliation by Canada and Mexico.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Miller and Seminole counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Read the rest of this entry »
November 21 is the final date Florida farmers and ranchers will be able to signup for 2015 dollars through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. And one rancher and citrus grower knows how important many of these programs can be to operations across the state.
Alabama landowners are being reminded about the Longleaf Pine Initiative through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Associate Chief for Conservation, Leonard Jordan, explains why restoration efforts are so important.