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Longstanding U.S.-Brazil cotton dispute comes to an end
The United States and Brazil have settled their decade-old cotton dispute in the World Trade Organization. Under the new agreement, Brazil will terminate the cotton case, giving up its rights to countermeasures against U.S. trade or any further proceedings in the dispute and will bring no new WTO actions against U.S. cotton support programs while the current U.S. Farm Bill is in force.
USDA unveils new peanut insurance policy available for 2015 crop
A new peanut revenue policy will be available for eligible peanut producers for the 2015 crop year in all counties where yield-based insurance coverage is currently offered.
ARC, PLC coverage ready for farmers
After allotting base, farmers can now choose between options offered through Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs, the main risk management programs of the 2014 Farm Bill commodity farm safety net.
USDA deregulates Dow’s Enlist corn, soybean traits
With the USDA action, the ball now goes to the Environmental Protection Agency for registration of Enlist Duo herbicide, the companion herbicide to the Enlist traits. Approval for Enlist Duo is expected in the near future.
USDA to survey Southern vegetable growers
In the Southern Region, vegetable producers in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina will be contacted between October 1 and November 20 by NASS representatives who will be conducting in-person interviews with growers.
Spider mites still a threat to peanut yields – even this late in season
Peanuts with two or more weeks to go before digging are still at risk of losing yield to a late infestation of two spotted spider mites.
Annual Georgia Peanut Tour Sept. 16-18 in Savannah region
The 28th Annual Georgia Peanut Tour will be Sept. 16-18 and be headquartered at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Pooler, Georgia.
McAuliffe touts Va. ag resource management program
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday joined Virginia agricultural and conservation leaders in endorsing and promoting the state’s new agricultural Resource Management Plan (RMP) program.
Alabama plans for drones
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley last week charged the Alabama Drone Task Force to review the requirements to further Alabama’s use of drones in areas of agriculture, conservation and law enforcement.
Virginia Pre-harvest Field Crops Tour set for Sept. 11
Virginia Tech’s Tidewater Agricultural Research & Extension Center will host its 2014 Pre-harvest Field Crops Tour on Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Tidewater AREC Research Farm, 1045 Hare Rd., in Suffolk, Va. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the tour promptly begins at 8:00 a.m.
Application enrollment for cotton transition payments underway
The enrollment period for growers who had cotton base in 2013 to apply for the cotton transition payments began Aug. 11 and ends Oct. 7, according to Michele Mara, North Carolina Extension agricultural and resource economics specialist.
Cotton Transition Assistance Program Enrollment underway
Cotton farmers can enroll in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program from Aug. 11 through Oct. 7.
USDA moves closer to deregulating Enlist corn, soybeans
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service issued Aug. 6 a final environmental impact statement on Dow’s Enlist corn and soybean, stating the technology poses no plant pest risk to agricultural crops or other plants in the United States.
Virginia Tech
Southern rust confirmed in Virginia corn
Southern rust was confirmed Aug. 3 on corn samples from Chesapeake and Suffolk in Virginia, according to Hillary Mehl, assistant professor of plant pathology at the Virginia Tech Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Sufolk.
Cool growing season brings soybean Sudden Death Syndrome to Tennessee
Sudden Death Syndrome is in soybean fields in Tennessee planted to varieties susceptible to the disease. Cool, wet weather -- which the state has had this growing season -- has been favorable for the disease.
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