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North Carolina wants to train future ag leaders in the state
The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission Agricultural Leadership Development Program is two-year program designed to develop the leadership skills of up to 30 young agriculturists who exhibit leadership potential.
Feds launch new effort to stop national feral hog problem
USDA feral swine campaign looks to eliminate feral swine from two states every three to five years and stabilize feral swine damage within 10 years.
Ag groups ask farmers to vow to stop resistant weeds
The Take Action on Herbicide-resistance Management program tries to join U.S. ag industry to a common mission: controlling and preventing the spread of herbicide-resistant weeds.
Farm bill changes some farm loan programs
The 2014 Farm Bill updates certain requirements and modifies several loan programs administered by the Farm Service Agency.
Farm bill funds used to go after invasive species
Scientists estimate the total economic cost of all invasive species to be approximately $120 billion annually. Invasive pests cause billions of dollars in damage each year and endanger U.S. food security.
Hemp pilot projects move forward in Kentucky
Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says industrial hemp pilot projects in Kentucky are a go, something the 2014 farm bill cleared him to do.
FSA ready for 2014 MAL and LDP requests, sets loan rates
Farm Service Agency will begin accepting requests for marketing assistance loans and loan deficiency payments for eligible 2014 commodities.
Farm Credit Mid-America 2013 loan volume grew
Farm Credit Mid-America, part of the nationwide Farm Credit System, grew loan volume in 2013 by more than $1 billion to $17.7 billion and saw assets grow by nearly $1 billion to $20 billion, a 5.1 percent increase over 2012.
FSA asks producers to register now for disaster and other programs
Farmers and ranchers who plan to participate in Farm Service Agency programs need to go ahead and register. Producers are encouraged to report farm records and business structure changes by April 15.
Deadly pig virus not slowing down, federal help requested
Porcine Endemic Diarrhea Virus has killed an estimated five million piglets in the past several months, with 1.3 million lost in January alone.
No-till system can increase soybean yields
Over the last forty years, no-till practices have come a long way. Farmers have learned to better manage no-till practices, which has improved soybean yield.
Washington bill to stop EPA from releasing farmers’ private information
“Farmer Identity Protection Act” Congressional bill looks to to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from releasing agricultural producers’ private information into the public domain, which EPA has done in the past.
Potato-farm family, South Carolina conservation group talk it out and reach compromise
After local South Carolina conservation group calls foul on Walther Family potato farm, the family opens up farm and talks to reach an agreement on water management everyone can live with.
Census of Agriculture preliminary results show ag value up, farms and land down
In 2012, crop sales of $212.4 billion exceeded livestock sales of $182.2 billion. This occurred for only the second time in USDA census history; the other time was 1974.
Wheat herbicides: Time running out in some Southern fields
Wheat maturity varies across much of the South due to the wide range of planting dates seen each fall in the region, but maturity is skipping along and much of the crop will soon be hitting the cut-off stage for herbicides. Some fields are already at that stage.
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