Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA will allow the 22 U.S. industry-funded Research and Promotion Programs and 18 Marketing Order organizations to conduct authorized research and information exchange activities with Cuba....More
Groups tell congressional Budget and Appropriations leaders to oppose additional cuts that would further reduce spending for programs such as conservation, nutrition assistance and the nation's farm safety net....More
Sustainably feeding a growing global population is the most significant challenge of our time, and precision agriculture is the only way to address the challenge, speakers at a forum on agricultural biotechnology in Research Triangle Park, N.C. emphasized....More
U.S. cotton farmers will increase their acres in 2016 despite the less-than-rosy forecast for cotton future prices, according to the National Cotton Council’s Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey....More
Georgia's 2016 cotton acres could be higher and peanuts acres could be lower. But that depends. All other crop acreage might stay stable. And prices don’t promise to be anything you’d want to take home to meet mom and dad....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 success of the craft beer industry and interest in using locally grown ingredients has encouraged an adventuresome group of farmers in the South Atlantic region to try their hands at growing hops, but the climate here is challenging. An upcoming conference will bring experts from across the country to advise the young industry....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
It is a serious mistake in farming to choose high-yielding, susceptible crop varieties without carefully considering the benefits of resistant varieties to protect yield and reduce pathogen populations.
Farmer Vincent Kosuga smelled an opportunity with a commodity he knew best, onions, and capitalized on it in the mid-1950s, and his actions resulted in legislation which banned onions from futures trading, the only commodity with such a ban in the United States....More
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
From a bird’s-eye view of a disaster to peanuts on fire and from Haitians in corn to a helicopter over cotton and from black-in-white irrigation to complex farming, here’s a look at the people, places and things that helped tell the stories of Southeast agriculture this year.
Merchants/buyers will soon, if not already, switch to buying cotton basis the March futures. The Southeast basis for 41-4/34 is +1.00 cent and +3.25 premium for 31-3/35 (+4.25 December or +3.94 March)....More
Zippy Duvall’s been on the road. By late October, he’d been to more than a dozen states and planned to hit more than 30 states by year’s end, all on his trek to be the next American Farm Bureau Federation president....More