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Farm Bureau Commends Delta Producers

On Meeting Voluntary Metering Program Goal On June 30, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality announced the initial phase of the voluntarily metering program supported by the Delta Sustainable Water Resource Taskforce has been officially met. MDEQ Office of Land & Water Resources Director and Delta Sustainable Water Resource Taskforce leader Kay Whittington stated, “MDEQ is excited that the producers ... Read More »

California Farmers Want To ‘Ditch the Rule’

There seems to be a never-ending list of government proposals that would make routine agricultural practices difficult or impossible to perform – and the latest from two federal agencies could bring a raft of new requirements aimed squarely at California family farmers and ranchers. On April 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released ... Read More »

USDA Seeks More Energy Efficiency

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA is seeking applications from rural small businesses and agricultural producers for funding to make energy efficiency improvements or to install renewable energy systems. “Developing renewable energy presents an enormous economic opportunity for rural America,” Vilsack says. “This funding will help farmers, ranchers and rural small business owners incorporate renewable energy and energy ... Read More »

Changing Times

Nothing puts my mind at ease quite like driving a little stretch of highway between Slaton and Lubbock, Texas, on US 84. Ten miles of unencumbered highway marked by an endless horizon and, when in season, a pearlescent ocean of cotton. God’s Country, as I refer to it; these fields roll on as if trying to find the edges of ... Read More »

USDA Now Accepting Loan Requests

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) will begin accepting requests for marketing assistance loans (MALs) and loan deficiency payments (LDPs) for eligible 2014 commodities. Notice of the authorization was recently published in the Federal Register. MALs and LDPs for the 2014 crop year become available to eligible producers beginning with harvest/shearing season and extending through a ... Read More »

USDA Offers Assistance To Young Farmers

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the availability of more than $19 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers through initiatives such as the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). “USDA is committed to the next generation of America’s farmers and ranchers because they represent the future of ... Read More »

Farm Bill Choices

Producers in southwest Georgia have always been peanut farmers who grew cotton and corn, but the mainstay was and still is peanuts. When the 1985 Farm Bill became law, that enabled producers to build cotton base. In 1988, Georgia farmers also voted to approve the boll weevil eradication program and ushered in a new era in Georgia cotton. Slowly, the ... Read More »