In this Issue:
  • Cotton Marketing News: Prices Continue to March Upward—Some Things to Think About
  • Maximize Your Farm’s Energy Efficiency with Free Evaluations and FDACS Cost-Share Program
  • AgSave$ Workshop to be held in Okaloosa County – February 21
  • Northwest Florida Beef Conference & Trade Show – February 14
  • Cotton Marketing News: Cotton Use Is Key to Price Strength and Stability
  • 2017 Ag Census Surveys in Your Mailbox this Week – Return by February 5
  • Do the Math First Before Purchasing Feed to Supplement Hay
  • 2017 Average Farm Land Rent and Labor Rates
  • Cow-calf Profitability Better than Expected in 2017
  • Farm Bureau Survey Reveals Lowest Thanksgiving Dinner Cost in Five Years
  • Economics

    Cotton Marketing News: Prices Continue to March Upward—Some Things to Think About

    New crop Dec18 futures now stand at over 75 cents.  The reasons for much better prices seem fairly obvious, but what has been somewhat surprising is the strength of the uptrend.  Prices have now improved 5 to 6 cents or about 8 to 9% since the most recent “plateau” at 69 to 70 cents …

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    Maximize Your Farm’s Energy Efficiency with Free Evaluations and FDACS Cost-Share Program

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Office of Energy is currently offering free energy evaluations, along with cost-share funds to increase on-farm energy efficiency for agricultural producers in Florida. This includes all types of operations, such as row crop, fruit and vegetable farms, nurseries, livestock and poultry operations, dairies, and aquaculture farms.

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/12/maximize-your-farms-energy-efficiency-with-free-evaluations-and-fdacs-cost-share-program/

    AgSave$ Workshop to be held in Okaloosa County – February 21

    AgSave$ is an initiative to bring personal finance education, such as estate planning, succession planning, and asset  protection for farmers, ranchers, and agriculture producers in Florida. The AgSave$ program is a cooperative program between Agriculture and Family and Consumer Sciences Faculty in the University of Florida IFAS Extension’s Northwest District along with financial industry professionals.  …

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    Northwest Florida Beef Conference & Trade Show – February 14

    Cattle ranchers, employees, and their family members are invited to attend the 33rd annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show, to be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at the Jackson County Extension Office, located at 2741 Penn Avenue, Marianna, Florida. Registration and the Trade Show open at 7:30 AM central time, the program …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/01/05/northwest-florida-beef-conference-trade-show-february-14/

    Cotton Marketing News: Cotton Use Is Key to Price Strength and Stability

    Back in May, when most of the 2017 cotton crop still remained to be planted, USDA released its first supply and demand projections for the 2017 crop marketing year.  That first projection for total World use was 115.75 million bales.  That was back in May.  The most recent (November) projection is now 119.25 million bales—3 …

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    2017 Ag Census Surveys in Your Mailbox this Week – Return by February 5

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) mailed the 2017 Census of Agriculture to the nation’s producers this week. Conducted once every five years, the census aims to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture. The resulting data are used by farmers, ranchers, trade associations, researchers, policymakers, and …

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    Do the Math First Before Purchasing Feed to Supplement Hay

    Two general statements to begin the discussion:

  • Florida grass hay is generally not sufficient to meet the nutritional needs of a lactating brood cow.
  • A fall/early winter calving season is a fairly standard practice in Northwest Florida.
  • These two statements imply that most lactating brood cows will be fed hay this winter that is incapable …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/11/17/do-the-math-first-before-purchasing-feed-to-supplement-hay/

    2017 Average Farm Land Rent and Labor Rates

    Some of the most challenging conversations, in almost any relationship, are the ones about money.  This is certainly true as farmers and landowners negotiate lease agreements, or managers and workers negotiate salaries for the year ahead. It can be pretty challenging to determine a “fair price” to rent a specific farm, or to set the …

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    Cow-calf Profitability Better than Expected in 2017

    Source: Livestock marketing Information Center

    Cattle prices during the fourth quarter of 2017 were significantly stronger than expected. Higher prices caused 2017’s calculated cow-calf return over cash costs plus pasture rent to be revised up. In fact, earlier in 2017, the forecast …

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    Farm Bureau Survey Reveals Lowest Thanksgiving Dinner Cost in Five Years

    Source:  American Farm Bureau

    American Farm Bureau Federation’s 32nd annual price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.12, a 75-cent decrease from last year’s average of $49.87.

    The big ticket item – a 16-pound turkey – came in …

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