In this Issue:
  • Input Requested for a UF Study on Farm Waste Management
  • Panhandle Fruit & Vegetable Conference – February 19 & 20
  • Friday Feature: Cindale Farms 2017 Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award Video
  • Time for a Change: Coolant System Maintenance
  • 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
  • General Agriculture

    Input Requested for a UF Study on Farm Waste Management

    The challenges of waste disposal is an area of growing concern in the US, particularly among farmers.  The University of Florida is conducting survey research to explore how Florida farmers handle their waste and garbage.  The statewide survey will track chemical packaging and organic waste management across a number of different kinds of agricultural practices.  …

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    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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    Friday Feature: Cindale Farms 2017 Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award Video

    This week’s featured video was produced by the Florida Department of Agriculture (FDACS) to showcase the 2017 Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award winners. Cindale Dairy, near Marianna, FL was one of three Florida farms recognized by FDACS in November 2017.  In addition to the video, you can also read about the dairy in the article that …

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    Time for a Change: Coolant System Maintenance

    The seasonal slowdown is underway, at least for some of the farm’s rolling stock and motorized equipment. This does not equate to an idle period for the farm manager, who is responsible for maintaining the engines of agriculture production.

    One of those maintenance chores is the servicing of engine cooling systems, a critical component to …

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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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    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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    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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