Florida Lawmakers Focus on Nutrient Management

Clint Thompson Florida, Legislative

By Frank Giles The Florida Legislature passed the largest budget on record during its 2022 session. The final tally came in at $110 billion. Lawmakers showed strong support for agriculture, passing several important bills. The Legislature allocated millions of dollars for the industry as well. SB 1000The most significant action was passage of SB 1000 Nutrient Application Rates. The legislation …

Farm Legislation a Win for Alabama Agriculture

Jim Rogers Alabama, Legislative

By Sabrina Halvorson Alabama’s 2022 state legislative season was a success for agriculture with the passage of key farm legislation bills. “I would say overall we were very happy with how it went. We had some priorities that we called the Farm Package here at the Alabama Farmers Federation, and all of that was successful,” said Blake Thaxton, a director …

$4 Billion in Emergency Relief Program Payments

Jim Rogers Industry News Release, USDA

Deadline to Submit Applications is Friday, July 22 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that to date, agricultural producers have already received more than $4 billion through the Emergency Relief Program (ERP), representing approximately 67% of the more than $6 billion projected to be paid through this first phase of the program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) mailed out pre-filled …

USDA Announces Assistance for On-Farm Food Safety Expenses for Specialty Crop Growers

Jim Rogers Food Safety, USDA

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Friday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) intends to provide up to $200 million in assistance for specialty crop producers who incur eligible on-farm food safety program expenses to obtain or renew a food safety certification in calendar years 2022 or 2023. USDA’s new Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops (FSCSC) program will …

Crop Insurance Deadline Nears in Georgia for Cabbage Growers

Jim Rogers Agri-business, Leafy Vegetables, USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds Georgia cabbage growers that the final date to apply for crop insurance coverage for the 2023 crop year is July 1. Current policyholders who wish to make changes to their existing coverage also have until the July 1 sales closing date to do so. Federal crop insurance is critical to …

AFBF Applauds Final Passage of Ocean Shipping Reform Act

Jim Rogers Legislative

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall commented on Monday about the final congressional passage of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act. “AFBF appreciates lawmakers for working together to pass the Ocean Shipping Reform Act. Record-high shipping costs and delayed access to containers have worsened supply chain issues and limited exports at a time when the world is calling on …

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Leader McCarthy, Thompson Call for Reduced Barriers to U.S. Agriculture Production

Jim Rogers Legislative, Specialty Crops

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Agriculture Committee Republican Leader Glenn “GT” Thompson sent a solutions-focused letter to President Joe Biden on Tuesday calling on the Administration to reverse overly burdensome regulations and policy barriers to U.S. agriculture production that have caused uncertainty for farmers, ranchers and working families. The letter to the president outlines administrative actions which would immediately …

Southeast Farm Labor Update

Jim Rogers Labor, USDA

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service, there were 30,000 farm labor workers hired directly by farmers in the Southeast, including Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina, during the week of April 10-16. Florida producers hired 28,000 during the same timeframe. Southeast farm operators paid hired farm labor workers an average gross wage rate of $13.76 per …