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US pecan industry cheers China’s move to lower import tariff
The reduction in the Chinese pecan tariff from 24 percent to 10 percent is going to put pecans in a very competitive place.
East Tennessee Grain and Soybean Conference Jan. 22 in Knoxville
The East Tennessee Grain and Soybean Conference, sponsored by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, will focus on improving production in East Tennessee. Topics for the program will include managing your crops from the ground up -- disease, insect and weed control.
(Gallery) Severe freeze bites Georgia cole crops
A polar vortex dropped Southern temperatures dramatically last week. In some places, like in south Georgia, temperatures crashed to 20 degrees or below with a sharp wind chill, enough to bite hard some cabbage and broccoli fields.
Southeast 2014 crop production numbers released
Southeast row crop production was a mixed bag in 2014. Some record average yields were hit in some states, while total 2014 production dropped for some crops in some states.
Help selecting between ARC or PLC programs
ARC or PLC? Online simulators and tools designed to help growers test out various market scenarios and make an informed choice.
Georgia collecting ag irrigation water-use data
During the month of December Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission staff, assisted by Georgia Forestry Commission, will be collecting water use data from meters installed on agricultural irrigation systems. Since 2003, more than 13,000 water meters have been installed to monitor agricultural water usage in Georgia.
Grafting: Symposium to showcase, teach benefits for Southeast vegetables
The 3rd National Vegetable Grafting Symposium: “Growing New Roots for the Vegetable Industry in the U.S.” will be Jan. 8, 2015 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in conjunction with the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference.
Program offers more disaster coverage for fruit, vegetables and other specialty crops
The new options provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty crops such as vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, and energy crops.
Cattle rustlers strike in Georgia
According to a Dec. 11 warning issued by the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, cattlemen need to monitor everything on their operations and report questionable activity.
Olam buys Georgia peanut sheller McCleskey Mills for $176 million
Olam International, a global agribusiness operation, announced Dec. 4 that it has signed a purchase agreement to acquire a 100 percent interest in Georgia-based peanut sheller McCleskey Mills at an enterprise value of $176 million.
Good fiber: US, Australian cotton under Cotton Leads deemed ‘biopreferred’
The technical innovation of cotton growers in Australia and the United States qualifies cotton fiber under the Cotton LEADS program, which promotes the responsible production practices of cotton grown in the two countries, as a 100 percent bio-based ingredient for textile and nonwoven products and meets the new requirements under the USDA BioPreferred Program guidelines.
Kentucky looking for hemp farmers for 2015 season
Kentucky’s Department of Agriculture is looking for Kentucky farmers interested in growing hemp next year as part of the state’s new program to reestablish hemp as a viable commodity, but growers will need to fill out the proper paperwork by Jan. 1.
December to bring warmer, wetter weather to Southeast
Based on the outlooks for temperature and precipitation from the Climate Prediction Center, it looks like the weather may be changing early in December to something warmer and wetter.
Fruit, vegetable industry not impressed with immigration executive order
President Obama's executive action to protect up to 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally from deportation doesn’t address the issue of an agricultural workforce. Growers still need a solution to help them gain access to a stable and secure workforce.
North Carolina launches AgBio[sphere] initiative
North Carolina has launched a new economic development platform naming the state as the “AgBio [sphere], the complete ecosystem for ag biotechnology” that seeks to educate prospective agricultural biotechnology ventures about North Carolina’s ag biotech assets while streamlining market entry for research and business interests.
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