The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation will host a series of regional 2014 Farm Bill information sessions in August to share news with producers about programs introduced or modified under the 2014 farm bill....More
Over last winter (between October 2013 and April 2014), 32.8 percent of managed honey bee colonies in Virginia died, according to the 8th annual national survey of honey bee colony losses conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership....More
The pesticide registration process – FIFRA – establishes acceptable pesticide residue levels for products approved in the U.S. Meanwhile, foreign governments are increasing oversight and testing of imported food for pesticide residues....More
Combined, the state winners of the 2014 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year program have 350 years of farming experience, with scores of farming generations before them to boot. From one of the largest growers in the state to a Vietnam veteran, from a meticulous weed warrior to even a ‘city’ boy, their backgrounds and farming operations vary across the board.
This is certainly not to suggest a wholesale relocation of the Corn Belt to the Southeast, but there’s potential here for some expansion of irrigation, while other regions of the country have clearly reached their limits....More
Immigration reform again lost traction in Washington last week when the U.S. House Republican leadership decided not to bring an immigration reform bill to the House floor, putting the brakes on any near-term solutions....More
On Wednesday, a coalition of leading business groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers launched a Day of Action for immigration reform....More
“If the House continues to disregard its responsibility to address this issue, the produce industry has no choice but to work with the Administration on short-term administrative patches that will be appreciated, but are ultimately unsatisfactory."...More
West Sixth Brewing Company and Country Boy Brewing, both in Lexington, Ky., have concocted a special beer infused with sorghum from Townsend Sorghum Mill, which is owned and operated by Danny Townsend, a Vietnam veteran and founding member of Homegrown by Heroes and Appalachia Proud....More
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is looking to contact catfish producers across the Southeast to collect information for the 2014 July Catfish Production report. Producers should receive survey questionnaires in June and can respond via the Internet, mail or fax....More
The Protecting Water and Property Rights Act of 2014, introduced in the Senate, aims to stop the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing their March 2014 proposed rule, which farm groups say would unnecessarily expand federal authority under the Clean Water Act....More
A director of legislative affairs told the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association board of directors that if immigration reform doesn’t happen in the next two months, it likely won’t happen until 2017....More
Weekly, if not daily during certain times of the year, successful farmers I speak to tell me their one tried-and-true trick for success: “I pretty much follow Extension recommendations and what my agent told me,” they say.
If you missed it earlier in May, the nation’s Extension system turned 100 years old. I wonder if it’ll get another 100 years. If it does, it’ll be because of its people....More
Farmers don’t easily accept the concept of climate change or the science behind it. They also have trouble believing crop yields would suffer due to climate change, according to a recent survey in four states conducted by North Carolina State University....More
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will spend the first two weeks of June surveying thousands of farmers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina to get a clear indication of the production and supply of major commodities for 2014....More