As harvest grabs time and attention this fall, farmers need to remember some important dates in regard to the new farm bill as windows of time will soon open to sign up for key new programs such as Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage, along with opportunity to update yield and base histories.
The Virginia Soybean Association in cooperation with Virginia Cooperative Extension have announced the 2014 Virginia Soybean Yield Contest, according to David Holshouser, Virginia Tech Extension agronomist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.