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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 »

Early Decisions are Crucial

FLORIDA David Wright Farming is like life in that you never know what kind of turn it will take and what the issues will be. We had a slow start to planting cotton and peanuts in Florida, and corn was slow growing off due to cold, wet conditions early with leaching rains. Producers are still planting many fields, and most ... Read More »

TCGA Members Stay Hopeful For 2014

It would be hard to find a more optimistic group than the Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association. Even with a drought again plaguing parts of the state, members remain cautiously hopeful about the chance for a good crop in 2014. Such was the attitude when the industry organization met in Lubbock last month for its annual meeting and trade show. No ... Read More »

Planting Season Brings Positive Outlook

FLORIDA David Wright With crop prices for most commodities down from the past few years, producers are trying to decide what to plant and how to cut costs. Our systems research with cover crops, cattle and perennial grasses shows the following: indicator enzymes for carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur cycling are increased from lowest to highest with single cropping and ... Read More »