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Secretary Perdue Statement on House Passage of USMCA

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement, Dec. 19, after the House of Representatives passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement by a bipartisan vote of 385-41. “I’ve long said that support for USMCA crosses political parties, the bipartisan passage of the agreement today is proof of that,” Perdue says. “I am pleased the House finally brought this agreement to ... Read More »

MFP sign-up deadline extended to Dec. 20

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Due to the prolonged and extensive impacts of weather this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the deadline to Dec. 20 for producers to enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage program for the 2020 calendar year. The deadline had been Dec. 13. USDA announced is also continuing to accept applications for the Market Facilitation Program through Dec. 20. ... Read More »

USDA expects to begin 2nd round of MFP payments before Thanksgiving

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expected to begin making the second round of 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments the week before Thanksgiving to help farmers suffering from trade retaliations by foreign nations. Producers of MFP-eligible commodities will be eligible to receive 25% of the total payment expected in addition to the 50% they already have received from the 2019 ... Read More »

Industry News For September 2019

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New Web-Based Tool Analyzes Aerial Data And Imagery Adama Eagle Eye powered by Agremo offers an advanced analysis of aerial data and imagery that helps growers protect yields more efficiently through user-friendly maps, statistics and other tools. Insights from this web-based tool lead to lower production costs and higher yields for growers looking to turn their drone-collected images into actionable ... Read More »

USDA-NASS Issues Season’s First Estimates For The Texas High Plains

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• By Mary Jane Buerkle • In its first official crop production estimates for the Texas High Plains this season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service pegged the 2019 upland cotton crop at 4.93 million bales harvested from 3.63 million acres. Planted acres are estimated at 4.44 million, reflecting a projected 18% abandonment rate, which is about ... Read More »

USDA-NASS Report Predicts 23% Increase In Cotton Production

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its August acreage report recently showing updated acreage from 14 states that were not finished planting during the agency’s initial report June 28. The weather-related delays affected cotton planting in Arkansas. Overall, NASS estimates cotton production will be up 23% nationwide compared to 2018. All cotton production is forecast at ... Read More »

Clean And On Time

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Unencumbered flow of uncontaminated cotton into the marketplace continues to be a National Cotton Council priority. What about contamination prevention? ■ The NCC strongly urges producers and gin managers to have their entire harvest and ginning crews watch the updated NCC-produced “Prevention of Plastic Contamination” video. The National Cotton Ginners Association conveyed this message at its three Gin Schools this year. ... Read More »