In this Issue:
  • Cotton Marketing News: October Numbers Were Not As Expected but Prices Hold
  • Cost-share Program to Grow Sales through an Export Market
  • Cotton Marketing News: Changes in the Loan Program and Rate for 2017
  • Florida Agricultural Damages due to Hurricane Irma Estimated $2.5 Billion
  • September Florida Cattle Market Price Watch
  • Cotton Marketing News: Cotton Makes a Hard Landing
  • Winter Annual Forage Seed Costs: What is the Best Deal?
  • Cotton Marketing News: So Much for the 18-Million Bale Scenario and those Higher Prices
  • How Generic Base Could Be Treated with the Cottonseed Proposal for 2018
  • Crop Insurance for Beekeepers
  • Economics

    Cotton Marketing News: October Numbers Were Not As Expected but Prices Hold

    Don Shurley, UGA Emeritus Cotton Economist

    Last week, I visited an “apple house” in north Georgia.  On this day, there were 3 or 4 bus loads of kids there also—touring the orchards, petting animals, and eating all sorts of yummy stuff.  In the store, you could buy apples by type already bagged for …

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    Cost-share Program to Grow Sales through an Export Market

    A new program, hosted by the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC), is helping local farmers and producers maximize their growth potential through export sales!

    This program provides a scholarship to qualified recipients, which facilitates the development of a uniquely customized Agribusiness Export Marketing Plan. These plans assist “new-to-export” and “currently exporting” growers and …

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    Cotton Marketing News: Changes in the Loan Program and Rate for 2017

    Don Shurley, UGA Emeritus Cotton Economist

    The marketing assistance loan (MAL) is an important tool used by many producers and marketing associations in cotton pricing and risk management.  In addition to research and farmer education, I teach courses in commodity marketing and agricultural policy and I tell my students that the key to …

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    Florida Agricultural Damages due to Hurricane Irma Estimated $2.5 Billion

    Source:  Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

    Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced on October 4, 2017 that the preliminary agricultural damages caused by Hurricane Irma in Florida total more than $2.5 billion.

    In an initial report released today, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services estimated losses for each …

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    September Florida Cattle Market Price Watch

    The August 2018 Feeder Cattle futures contract increased by $5.95/cwt. during September. Based on this futures price increase, August Feeder Cattle revenues increased by approximately $47.60/head ($5.95/cwt. * 8.0 cwt.) on an 800-pound feeder steer, which amounts to $2,975.00/truckload (50,000 lbs.). The August Feeder Cattle futures contract high, contract low, and price range …

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    Cotton Marketing News: Cotton Makes a Hard Landing

    Apparently, USDA’s September numbers took the market by surprise.  I don’t quite understand why that should have been the case, but apparently it was.  To a lot of folks that know cotton and keep a close eye on things, the September numbers were not really that much of a surprise.  It was expected that …

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    Winter Annual Forage Seed Costs: What is the Best Deal?

    Source:  UGA Forage Extension Team Adam Speir, UGA Madison County Extension Director, and Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA State Forage Extension Specialist

    If you haven’t priced annual ryegrass seed yet, I’d suggest having some heart medicine at the ready, or a defibrillator handy. Ryegrass seed is significantly higher than it has been the last few …

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    Cotton Marketing News: So Much for the 18-Million Bale Scenario and those Higher Prices

    Prior to this week’s USDA crop production estimates, the 2017 US cotton crop was projected at 19 million bales.  There seemed to be general consensus, given the crop conditions in parts of Texas, that the crop would not get bigger with this week’s report.  There was some belief that the crop is actually less …

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    How Generic Base Could Be Treated with the Cottonseed Proposal for 2018

    Don Shurley, UGA Emeritus Cotton Economist

    With the 2014 farm bill, cotton base on a farm became “Generic Base.”  If you’ll recall, cotton base on a farm was frozen (could not be increased or decreased), but all other types of base on a farm (base “covered commodities” like corn, soybeans, peanuts, wheat, etc.) could …

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    Crop Insurance for Beekeepers

    Crop insurance for beekeeper operations has been expanded to include 19 additional states and now spans the entire 48 contiguous states. On July 27th,  U.S.Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced changes to the Apiculture Pilot Insurance (API) plan, ensuring greater protection for the producers’ honey, pollen collection, wax, and breeding stock.

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