Farmers and Agribusiness:
Hurricane Ida was tough on some areas and did slow us down on harvest but cotton picking is restarting today and we didn’t have as much blow out on the ground as I thought we would. One farmer said yesterday that we dodged a big bullet this week in south Georgia.
This week I went to a County Agent Meeting in Savannah where the Univ. of Georgia’s Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Dr. Scott Angle, made some interesting comments concerning the bright future of agriculture in the southeastern US. He said that by the year 2050, world food needs will double and fiber needs will rise.
He asked where this food and fiber will come from? I’m paraphrasing and adding in some of my own thoughts and other data. China and the rest of Asia have soil and water and other problems. Europe will be growing less food due to increasing population, cost of production and other factors.
South America will likely slow down on cutting down rain forests for production areas and they often have weather and water problems.
So let’s look at the United States. California and the west have serious water. land and real and perhaps perceived environmental problems. California has lost 2,500 farms and 6.2 million acres of farmland in the last 20 years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Florida has population problems, strict environmental regulations, and ater problems. So, Dr. Angle says that south Georgia will likely be the world’s breadbasket or at least play a strong part in production of food and fiber in the future.
"Water" in the News:
The California Farm Bureau has several articles on its website dealing with their water crisis:
Southeast Farm Press had an interesting article recently regarding Alabama's push to build reservoirs for irrigation purposes:
APPLICATIONS FOR THE USDA-NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION
SERVICES’S ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY INCENTIVES PROGRAM DUE DECEMBER 4, 2009
ATHENS, GA, October 29, 2009--James E. Tillman, Sr., State Conservationist for the USDANatural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Georgia announced that the 2009 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications are due by December 4, 2009 to be considered for funding this fiscal year.
Applications can be taken at all NRCS offices and USDA Service Centers. This program funds conservation practices based on locally identified natural resources concerns, such as energy, forestry, grazing, soil erosion, water conservation and water quality. There are about 60 EQIP conservation practices including, but not limited to: pasture and hayland planting, heavy use areas, waste storage facilities, terracing, pest management, tree planting, organic crop assistance, and wildlife habitat management.
This list will vary from county to county based on locally identified natural resource concerns.
“I encourage all farmers who want to manage their resources in an economically viable and environmentally beneficial way to apply for this program,” said Brent Dykes. Dykes is the Executive Director of the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission.
EQIP was originally established under the 1996 Farm Bill. It provides technical and financial assistance to landowners to voluntarily address soil, water and related natural resource concerns on private lands. Conservation plans must be developed for the entire area that will be included in the EQIP contract.
NRCS provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain and improve our natural resources and environment.
More information on NRCS conservation programs can be found at "www.ga.nrcs.usda.gov" under programs.
Peanut and Tree nut Processors Association News -
Peanut Butter Mentioned in Popular Magazine & Blog
Peanut butter is big in the nutrition buzz this month. Women's Health magazine and Healthy Eats, Food Network's blog, mention peanut butter as a top food to flatten your belly and fight hunger.
One of Women's Health magazine's monthly features is the top 12 flat-belly foods. In this month's issue peanut butter is the highlighted superfood, labeled "The dark horse of tummy-shrinking eats."
The article lists peanut butter's superpowers as building muscle and burning fat, its enemies - obesity, muscle loss and wrinkles and peanut butter's secret weapons - protein and monounsaturated fat. The article also lists six different ways to add peanut butter to your diet and the reasons why you should add "good" fats like monounsaturated fats to your diet.
Healthy Eats blog recently posted the "5 Snack Foods to Fight Off Hunger" featuring peanut butter as the number one snack. Healthy Eats paired peanut butter with whole-wheat crackers so when you "combine lean protein, fiber and healthy fat, you've got a satisfying snack."
Read the Women's Health magazine feature.
Read the full Healthy Eats blog.
Pecans this week are barely hanging in there and many fell during weather from Ida.
GEORGIA PECAN COMMISSION PARTNERS ON NEW FOOD SAFETY WEBSITE
The Georgia Pecan Commission, in partnership with the National Turkey Federation and thePartnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE), recently launched an easy-to-use Website dedicated to holiday food safety.
The site, dubbed the Holiday Food Safety Success Kit, offers useful tips on cooking the Thanksgiving turkey and on how to keep a food-safe kitchen. It will be officially unveiled in partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) next week.
HolidayFoodSafety.org is made possible through contributions from the American Egg Board, the Food Marketing Institute, and the Produce Marketing Association, in addition to the two key partners, the National Turkey Federation and the Georgia Pecan Commission.
According to PFSE, food retailers across the country will be actively promoting the site through in-store and external consumer outreach leading up to the holidays.
"The kit is a practical solution for planning and enjoying successful holiday celebrations at home," said Leslie G. Sarasin, chairman of the Partnership and president and CEO of the Food Marketing Institute. "It includes useful food preparation tips, holiday menus and recipes, food safety advice, and activities for kids."
The site includes detailed information on how to keep Thanksgiving preparations safe, fun, and tasty, with helpful tips for purchasing, thawing, handling, and cooking a turkey, shopping guides, and a nifty timeline to help consumers know how long they can keep certain leftovers before spoilage.
"We are offering retailers, food companies and health educators a turn-key holiday platform, filled with quality content, that also meets their customers' interest in actionable safe food handling information," said Shelley Feist, Executive Director of the Partnership.
"Our consumer outreach shows that shoppers welcome seeing reminders of safe food handling practices where they shop for food," added Feist.
Some highlights of the site include:
* How to purchase and prepare a safe and tasty turkey
* How to keep your kitchen food safe
* How to handle holiday ingredients from eggs to produce.
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Question of the Week
Last week we had a photo of a cotton boll. It was a 5 lock boll. Most bolls are 4 lock, so we’re happy with 5 locks of cotton on a boll. In each lock are 7 to 11 seeds, so a 5 lock boll has at least 7 more seeds in it. Cotton seed is valuable as animal feed and for use in making a highly valued oil. Cotton seed prices are lower this year than in some previous years.