USDA Launches Program to Support Producers, Farmworkers

Jim Rogers USDA

Southeast specialty crop growers should be aware that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Labor Stabilization and Protection Pilot Program (FLSP) will award up to $65 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding to support agricultural employers in implementing robust labor standards that promote a safe, healthy work environment for both U.S. workers and workers hired from northern Central American …

USDA to Measure Florida, Georgia Fruit Chemical Usage

Jim Rogers USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is planning to interview almost 800 fruit growers from Florida, Georgia and South Carolina this fall. The survey will center on chemical use in fruits. NASS officials will collect information on bearing acreage, pest management practices, including acres treated and application rates, and pesticide application, including acres treated and …

GFVGA Optimistic New Farm Bill in Place by End of Year

Jim Rogers Farm Bill, Georgia

By Clint Thompson The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) is hopeful a new Farm Bill will be established sooner rather than later. “We’re still optimistic that we may see a bill come out of the Senate and the House this year. As to whether or not they’ll be able to come together as a conference committee and get …

USDA Announces September 2023 Lending Rates for Agricultural Producers

Jim Rogers USDA

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced loan interest rates for September 2023, which became effective Sept. 1, 2023. The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans provide important access to capital to help farmers start or expand their farming operation, purchase equipment and storage structures or meet cash flow needs.    Operating, Ownership and Emergency Loans   FSA offers farm ownership …

Farm Bill Has Multifaceted Effects on Alabamians

Jim Rogers Alabama, Farm Bill

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 is set to expire Sept. 30. An Alabama Cooperative Extension System economist said the act, also known as the farm bill, has more than just an agricultural impact on Alabamians. Adam Rabinowitz is expecting house and senate committees to begin releasing bill drafts in late August near the end of the congressional …

USDA Announces $72.9 Million in Grant Funding Awarded to Support U.S. Specialty Crop Producers

Jim Rogers USDA

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced on Wednesday that $72.9 million has been awarded to 55 states and territories through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). The grant program provides funding to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops and support specialty crop growers through marketing, education and research. “USDA is excited to …