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County Farmers in South Carolina Uncertain of Future After Devastating Disasters

The Double R Farm in South Carolina has produced abundant crops for four generations of Rabon family farmers here, and despite the double whammy of record rains during the October harvest last year and last month’s hurricane, they are determined …

Some Form of Drought Now Covering More than 86% of Arkansas

More than 86 percent of Arkansas is in some form of drought ahead of a warm, dry winter forecast, meaning there’s little chance of immediate relief. Because of the drought, ranchers are turning to alternate sources of feed for cattle …

Lower Cotton, Sweet Potato Yields Attributed to Louisiana Rains

Louisiana’s cotton and sweet potato harvests have been negatively affected by the flooding rains in August, state agricultural specialists say. Based on reports, Dan Fromme, LSU AgCenter cotton specialist, said in a news release the rains had a significant impact …

Louisiana’s Pointe Coupee Parish Designated Agricultural Disaster Area

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Pointe Coupee Parish as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by severe storms and flooding that occurred in August. Farmers and ranchers in Avoyelles, Concordia, Iberville, St. Landry, …

Damage to South Carolina Crops from Hurricane Matthew May Rival 2015 Flooding

South Carolina Department of Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers says crops in some areas of the state may have sustained as much damage from Hurricane Matthew as they did from last year’s historic flooding. The Herald-Journal reports Weathers provided an update …

Decline in Kansas Crop Yields Attributed to Corn Disease, Weather

A corn disease that is new to the heartland is infecting Kansas crops and may be contributing to this year’s decline in yield. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed the presence of bacterial leaf …

Ag Cooperatives’ Profits Rise in 2015 to a Record $7B

Agriculture cooperatives posted record profits last year highlighting the business model the U.S. Department of Agriculture says provides more than 2 million jobs. The USDA says in a report on Oct. 4 net income for the nation’s 29,000 cooperatives rose …

Ag Disaster Declared in 24 Louisiana Parishes, 2 Texas Counties

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has named 24 Louisiana parishes and two Texas counties agricultural disaster areas because of last month’s storms and flooding. Eleven parishes are primary disaster areas, and the others are adjacent to them, the Louisiana Department …

August Flood Damage to Louisiana Agriculture: $277M

A new study says the mid-August flooding’s wreckage of south Louisiana crops and farmland caused an estimated $277 million in damage. The estimate released Tuesday by LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry is more than twice his original damage assessment of …

Group Touts New Sugarcane Insurance Opportunities in Louisiana

The American Sugar Cane League says Louisiana sugarcane farmers have until the end of September to make crop insurance decisions for the 2017 crop under a new insurance program. In a news release, the league says the new program provides …