Mitchell County Ag News

Cotton Ginning Assistance

USDA Provides Targeted Assistance to Cotton Producers to Share in the Cost of Ginning   One-time Payments to Begin in July to Assist with 2016 Ginning Season   WASHINGTON, June 6, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) will…
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GA Farm Monitor: Mitchell County Cotton Production Meeting!

Here is a portion of the most recent Georgia Farm Monitor. One month ago they came to Mitchell Co. and filmed the cotton production meeting. They interviewed Dr. Jared Whitaker and myself on the importance of our production meetings! There were some tough questions asked about how weather affects the crop and also the low prices we will face this year…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ESoa6RiffA
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Pecan Federal Marketing Order Referendum

Via Lenny Wells, Extension Pecan Horticulturist;

“On March 8, the USDA mailed ballots to pecan growers in the 15 states that produce pecans.  Beginning on March 9 and ending on March 30, growers will have the opportunity with their vote to express their preference for acceptance of the Federal Marketing Order for Pecans.  In addition to expressing their preference, voters will indicate their average inshell production over the four production years of 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

The FMO can be approved in one of two ways.  Either 2/3rds of those growers voting approving the measure or 2/3rds of the volume of production voting in approval will cause the FMO to pass.

The qualification for a grower to vote in the Referendum is either 50,000 inshell pounds of average production over the four years OR 30 pecan acres, including planted acreage not yet in production.”

If a grower does not receive a ballot by Monday, March 14, he or she should contact the Southeast Marketing Field Office of USDA at the phone number noted below to have a ballot mailed:

(863) 324-3375
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