UF Tomato Breeder Discuss New Role at GCREC

Clint Thompson Florida, Tomatoes

Jessica Chitwood-Brown is the new tomato breeder at the University of Florida Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC). Chitwood-Brown coordinates the lab where she earned Ph.D. and conducted her post-doctoral research, in the northern end of Florida tomato country. She’s taken the position of her doctoral adviser, Sam Hutton, at the GCREC.  “I really admire Sam, so I have a …

Sen. Tuberville Leads Effort to Freeze AEWR

Clint Thompson Alabama, Labor

Count U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) as one legislator trying to use his political influence to reverse recent action on the Adverse Effect Wage Rate. Along with nine other senators, Tuberville sent a letter (dated Feb. 6) to the leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, requesting action to freeze H-2A wage rates at the January 2023 levels and …

Clemson Extension Agents Provide Crop Updates

Clint Thompson South Carolina

Weekly Field Update Clemson Extension agents provide updates in The South Carolina Grower this week about the status of various crops being produced throughout the state. Coastal Region Zack Snipes Midlands Sarah Scott Pee Dee Brittney King

Vilsack Statement on Farm Income Forecast

Clint Thompson USDA

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service released its annual Farm Sector Income Forecast report for 2024 last week. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement following the release: “After the three highest consecutive years on record in 2021-2023, the first farm income forecast of 2024 indicates net farm income this year will return to …

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Farm Sector Profits Forecast to Fall in 2024

Clint Thompson USDA

Net farm income is expected to decrease by $39.8 billion in 2024, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service (ERS) report titled: Farm Sector Income & Finances: Highlights from the Farm Income Forecast. Net farm income is projected to be $116.1 billion in calendar year 2024, a 25.5% drop compared to 2023 in nominal (not adjusted for inflation) …

Alabama Peach Trees Enjoying High Chill Hours

Clint Thompson Alabama, Peaches

By Clint Thompson Alabama peach trees are off to a strong start this year thanks to high chill hours. But growers are also aware this is just the first step in establishing a crop for the upcoming spring, says Edgar Vinson, assistant research professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Auburn University “It’s looking pretty good as …

Georgia’s Pecan Bearing Acres at 146,000

Clint Thompson Georgia, Pecan

By Clint Thompson Georgia’s bearing pecan acres in 2023 was 146,000 acres, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service. The number might continue to rise as more young orchards come online with a crop. “According to the satellite survey that the American Pecan Council did, and this has probably been four or five years ago, we …

Specialty Crop Grower Magazine: Next Generation of Ag Leaders Speak Out on Issues

Clint Thompson Florida Ag Expo, Specialty Crop Grower Magazine

By Frank Giles The Florida Ag Expo held at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center has become a much-anticipated event every November. The Expo draws specialty crop growers from across Florida and beyond. The latest Expo featured a panel discussion of alumni from the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s Emerging Leader Development Program (ELDP). The program provides a year-long …

USDA to Issue $306 Million in Final Payments to Farmers Impacted by ’20, ’21 Natural Disasters

Clint Thompson USDA

WASHINGTON – The U. S Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing final Emergency Relief Program (ERP) payments totaling approximately $306 million to eligible commodity and specialty crop producers who incurred losses due to natural disasters in 2020 and 2021. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) started sending these additional payments to eligible producers last week. “In the natural disaster recovery process, every little …

UF/IFAS Plants Grown in Space Flown Home

Clint Thompson Florida

ET may have phoned home, but plants from a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) experiment were recently flown home from the International Space Station (ISS). Plants, specifically Arabidopsis thaliana, grown from seeds by astronauts in the ISS were harvested, launched on a return capsule that touched down to Earth and shipped to eager researchers at …