Alabama Governor Robert Bentley last week charged the Alabama Drone Task Force to review the requirements to further Alabama’s use of drones in areas of agriculture, conservation and law enforcement....More
The STARS Act of 2014 adopts the White House definition of seasonal employment while simplifying and aligning the seasonal provisions of the Affordable Care Act to better enable employer compliance....More
For those crops that are annually tilled, there may be an obligation to have a certified conservation plan in place along with other restrictions, depending on whether the land is defined by USDA as highly erodible or wetlands....More
Though they’ve gotten a deservedly bad reputation in recent years for doing serious crop damage, but not all stink bugs are crop pests. Some are beneficial and prey on other crop pests, especially in vegetable production.
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.
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