In this Issue:
  • Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference – February 19 & 20
  • Cotton Marketing News: Cotton Use Is Key to Price Strength and Stability
  • Cow-calf Profitability Better than Expected in 2017
  • Farm Bureau Survey Reveals Lowest Thanksgiving Dinner Cost in Five Years
  • 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
  • September Florida Cattle Market Price Watch
  • Cotton Marketing News: Cotton Makes a Hard Landing
  • Updates to the Florida Cottage Food Law
  • Market

    Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference – February 19 & 20

    Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference  The Pre-Conference Tour will be on Monday, February 19. The Conference Education Sessions will be on Tuesday, February 20. Conference Location

    • University of West Florida – Pensacola, FL

    Activities

    • Pre-Conference –  Farm, Research, and Marketing Tour
    • Tradeshow
    • Educational Tracks …

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Updates to the Florida Cottage Food Law

    Under the Cottage Food Law in the state of Florida, individuals can sell certain foods they produce in unlicensed home kitchens, if the food has a low risk of foodborne illness, as outlined in Section 500.80 of the Florida Statutes. These food products must be sold within Florida, they cannot be sold wholesale, and …

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