The Obama administration appears confident the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is headed for passage in Congress. That doesn’t mean, however, it won’t come without a fight as Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack admitted in a Feb. 23 press conference....More
U.S. agriculture is fascinatingly diverse and complex, but it’s understandably difficult for people outside of agriculture, looking in on ag from time to time, to grasp or appreciate its rich variety or to care to get to the true solutions to both real and perceived problems....More
When talking about drift reduction of herbicides, it is important to know that spray droplets that are less than 150 microns are those most likely to drift onto your neighbor’s sensitive crops or Grandma’s tomatoes....More
DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company Feb. 19 announced the U.S. sites and structure for the agriculture company that will be created following the separation of DowDuPont into three independent, publicly traded companies....More
More than 150 agricultural leaders from across 13 Southern states and Washington, D.C., converged on the University of Georgia’s campus in Athens on Feb. 8 to discuss leadership roles for women in agriculture....More
Crop insurance pays most often on drought in the Southeast. But South Carolina’s epic flood at harvest in 2015 resulted in catastrophic losses. Crop insurance is not designed to make you whole and some lessons were learned in South Carolina....More
A $2 billion bond package will be on the March 15 North Carolina primary ballot and will include funding for a new plant science research building at North Carolina State University and funding for a new laboratory complex for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services....More
Cotton industry is not giving up on cottonseed designation. USDA reinstated marketing certificates to redeem commodities from marketing loan program. You can go broke just breaking even these days. There’s a massive fire in Kentucky, a disaster waiting in North Carolina wheat, and other top stories from this week in Southeast farming news.
The U.S. cotton industry and specifically cotton producers are struggling with the effects of low prices for cotton, weak demand and growing competition from heavily-subsidized foreign producers....More
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden announced she is stepping down from her post at the end of February. Michael Scuse, undersecretary for farm and foreign agricultural services, will become the acting deputy secretary....More
From cattle thieves caught on camera to the world’s fastest tractor and from pecan truffles to citrus schemes and from drunken friends to standing naked, 2015 -- like all years before it – had its share of odd stories and commentaries.
Farmers interested in using unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, will have to wait a little longer despite the Federal Aviation Administration recent announcement of web-based aircraft registration for drone technology....More
“We know that payments coming out of DC are significantly less than what they’ve ever been, and that’s the trend of the future we are going to have to operate in,” said Saxby Chambliss, recently retired senator from Georgia....More
U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Birmingham, and U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, shared messages about keeping the United States strong and secure with more than 1,200 attendees at the Alabama Farmers Federation annual meeting....More