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Southern Southeastern Annual Meeting

The Southern Southeastern Annual Meeting will be held Jan. 17-20 at the Marriott Grand Dunes in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This organization represents cotton growers and ginners throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Every year, more than 600 participants come together to gather information and network with major industry suppliers. The event kicks off Wednesday afternoon, ... Read More »

Conservation Programs Still Thriving

As the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rapid implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill continues, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced proposed changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), one of USDA’s largest conservation programs for working agricultural lands. “Farmers, ranchers and non-industrial forestland owners enrolled in the Conservation Stewardship Program are our nation’s conservation leaders as they go the extra ... Read More »

Tax Bills Await Lame-Duck Congress

When lawmakers return to Washington, D.C., for a post-election lame-duck session, action on a number of lapsed tax incentives is expected to be at the top of the congressional to-do list. Among the provisions important to farmers and ranchers are those related to Section 179 small business expensing, 50 percent bonus depreciation, conservation easement donations and charitable deductions for food ... Read More »

Long Overdue Rain In High Plains

When I looked at the weather map recently and saw that a large area of the Texas High Plains was receiving significant rainfall, I thought I was dreaming. The months have turned into years as this region has awaited any kind of precipitation. I can only imagine how farmers must have felt when they saw this weather forecast. We were ... Read More »