OPINION During the past couple weeks I’ve been involved in discussions regarding the political efforts to change the cultural practices of American agriculture. The discussions bring in various terms we’ve all heard – “green new deal,” “climate change,” “carbon credits,” “carbon tax(es),” etc.; we all know the list. After debates like that I like to take some quiet time to digest the discussion, reflect on different points of view, and consider the logic those perspectives have in solving the problem or meeting the objective.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides annual estimates of manmade greenhouse-gas emissions in the United States by emissions source, as well as estimates of the amount of carbon trapped in forest and vegetation soil. Our previous articles reviewed the emissions for both 2017 and 2018 as well as trends in carbon sequestration.
Farmers know there’s going to come a day when they’re no longer around to run their farms – and they know they should have plans in place for when that day comes. But farmers often delay planning because it forces them to think about difficult topics and make difficult decisions.
MADISON, Wis. – Wis. Gov. Tony Evers recently proposed a $43 million investment in Wisconsin’s agricultural economy, to be included in his 2021-2023 biennial budget. The plan proposes investments for several programs to boost sales of agricultural products within Wisconsin and beyond. Among the proposals is a three-pronged plan to bolster meat processing. The governor proposes for 2022 and 2023 a total investment of $5.2 million in three areas.
For livestock producers with sheep, lambing season can be a busy time. Daniel Mallory, a University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist based in Ralls County, says taking steps to get ready for lambing season can make a positive difference.
He had never considered any other way of life, Butch Haver said on the way to the old family farm, hauling the old tractor. He and his sister don’t have any kids, and his cousins all have careers that keep them out of the dirt.
The extension office in Heflin is now the official dropoff point for the potentially harmful and unsolicited seeds from China. From that office, seeds will be sent to the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries for testing.