In this Issue:
  • Cotton Marketing News: Changes in the Loan Program and Rate for 2017
  • Florida EQIP Application Deadline is November 17
  • How Generic Base Could Be Treated with the Cottonseed Proposal for 2018
  • Crop Insurance for Beekeepers
  • Friday Feature: The Peanut Program Works
  • Cotton Marketing News: Trying to Decipher the Numbers
  • Cotton Marketing News: Ending the Year with a more Positive Outlook
  • Have You Decided Which Commodity Support Program to Elect?
  • 2014 Farm Bill Provides Greater Protection for Specialty Crop Growers
  • USDA Energy Initiative Workshops
  • Farm Bill

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/13/cotton-marketing-news-changes-in-the-loan-program-and-rate-for-2017/

    Florida EQIP Application Deadline is November 17

    Florida farmers, ranchers and forest owners can apply until November 17, 2017 for fiscal year 2018 funding from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) that provides financial and technical assistance through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis for all programs, funding selections are typically made …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/06/florida-eqip-application-deadline-is-november-17/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/11/how-generic-base-could-be-treated-with-the-cottonseed-proposal-for-2018/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/04/crop-insurance-for-beekeepers/

    Friday Feature: The Peanut Program Works

    This week’s featured video was developed by the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation.   They have launched  a campaign called The Peanut Program Works to provide support for the Price Loss Coverage or PLC Program implemented with the 2014 Farm Bill, as lawmakers begin to discuss the next Farm Bill.  This video features …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/07/friday-feature-the-peanut-program-works/

    Cotton Marketing News: Trying to Decipher the Numbers

    US cotton growers say they intend to plant 9.56 million acres this year.  We’ve likely all seen or heard the numbers by now so there’s little reason to plow that ground again.

    Prior to USDA’s Prospective Plantings report yesterday, there were at least two other acreage estimates out there—an estimate by the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/04/08/cotton-marketing-news-trying-to-decipher-the-numbers/

    Cotton Marketing News: Ending the Year with a more Positive Outlook

    Don Shurley, University of Georgia Cotton Economist

    Prices. 2015 has certainly been a challenging year. But the marketing year is less than half over and there may yet be better opportunities down the road. Most growers were looking for and holding out for 70 cents on Dec15 futures, and we just …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/12/22/cotton-marketing-news-ending-the-year-with-a-more-positive-outlook/

    Have You Decided Which Commodity Support Program to Elect?

    John VanSickle, Rod Clouser, Marina Arouca, UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department

    The 2014 Farm Bill introduced changes to farm commodity programs.  The safety net is now composed of two new programs, Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC).  The Direct and Counter-­Cyclical Program (DCP), the Supplemental Revenue Assistance …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/03/20/have-you-decided-which-commodity-support-program-to-elect-2/

    2014 Farm Bill Provides Greater Protection for Specialty Crop Growers

    Source: USDA Farm Service Agency

    Greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)  for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty crops such as vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/12/19/2014-farm-bill-provides-greater-protection-for-specialty-crop-growers/

    USDA Energy Initiative Workshops

    Invest in Efficiency with our Community & Economic Development Team — Business & Energy Programs

    USDA Rural Development will be hosting two informational workshops in November to explain the Agency’s programs available under its Northwest Florida Regional Energy Initiative. The Initiative is being designed to provide technical and financial assistance to small businesses and …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/10/31/usda-energy-intiative-workshops/

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