In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will not pursue efforts to create another beef checkoff, there are ways to enjoy a real Christmas tree, and we look at agriculture history.
Jason Weller, Chief of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, says helping farmers practice good conservation is not just about improving soil and water but about improving the farmer’s bottom line.
Peace River Citrus Products has planted thousands of acres of citrus in the past 18 months. Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer Andy Taylor discusses the planting, the company’s optimism about HLB, and what he sees as a need for a national marketing effort for citrus in the face of “alarming” sales declines.
In our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know the beef checkoff is involved in helping promote your product overseas? Jimmy Holliman from Dallas County, Alabama does and is glad to know the checkoff is there to help in this effort.
2014 has been a very busy year for many staff members at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack told Southeast AgNet one big reason why is we did get a new farm bill this year.
It seems in the dairy business milk prices are either rising rapidly or crashing. So if you are still undecided about signing up for the new dairy Margin Protection Program, here’s a reminder that decision needs to be made by this Friday. Gary Crawford has more.
This Friday is the deadline for applications to be turned in for scholarships from the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and sponsored by the CME Group. Ten scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to students pursuing careers in the beef industry. Students studying Read the rest of this entry »
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Agricultural producers in Florida have until March 20 to apply for 2015 financial assistance to make natural resource improvements through several specific initiatives. And Danny Johns of Blue Sky Farms in St Johns County, talks about the National Water Quality Initiative which he’s been able to use on his farm through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida.
Agricultural producers, private forest landowners and stakeholders in Alabama are invited to provide comments on the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. And Assistant State Conservationist for Programs with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, Steve Musser, hopes producers will learn more about the technical and financial assistance available through EQIP.
WASHINGTON (Dec. 16, 2014) – Today, the U.S. Senate voted 76 to 16 to pass a tax extenders package that holds key provisions for small businesses such as section 179 expensing and bonus depreciation. The tax extenders package was previously approved in the Read the rest of this entry »