Agritech: How South Carolina Farmers Are Conserving Water with Weather Stations

South Carolina farmers are getting help battling drought and saving water with irrigation technology.

Technology has always been a force that moves agriculture forward, and it’s being harnessed by South Carolina farmers to fight drought and conserve water, thanks to Clemson University irrigation specialist Jose Payero.  According to a release by Clemson University, Payero is putting real-time information on the weather, soil, and crops into the hands of farmers so they can make better decisions about irrigation. Read the details below.Read More

USDA Corn Harvest Update

Find out the latest news on this year’s corn harvest.

Corn is one of the largest crop commodities in the U.S., and farmers all over the country—from the Midwest to Southeastern states—are wrapping up or have completed their own corn harvest. Though there was drought, fire, flooding, and hurricanes in other parts of the country, the weather was favorable for growing corn in the main areas of the corn belt and most secondary areas where corn production is high.

The weather has been so favorable that corn producers may just be on to a record-setting corn harvest. Find out what the USDA’s latest report says on the harvesting of one of the country’s largest crops.Read More

Ag in the News: South Carolina growers still waiting for crop loss aid from October 2015 floods

South Carolina growers are on the lookout for crop loss aid payments from the state due to losses suffered during heavy rains and flooding last October.

Agriculture has its good times and hard times, and a lot of the hard times are caused by bad weather. Heavy rains and flooding in October 2015 caused severe damage for many South Carolina growers. The state decided in May to offer $40 million in crop loss aid to those growers affected by the damaging rain and flooding. South Carolina growers are now waiting for their crop loss aid payments to arrive.Read More

USDA News You Can Use: USDA Initiatives to Further Agriculture

The United States Department of Agriculture works hard day in and day out to further agriculture in the U.S. in all sectors. They work on developing new technologies, on finding new markets for the products and produce of the nation’s farmers and ranchers, and on ensuring food safety. Keep up-to-date with the innovations and initiatives coming out of the USDA that make agriculture better for all.

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Will 2016 be a Challenging Year for the U.S. Cotton Industry?

Cotton is one of the U.S.’s oldest crops, and the country’s cotton farmers have weathered many storms. The outlook at this point seems to indicate that the cotton industry has many obstacles for the 2016 season before it. While the domestic use of cotton has risen over the last four years, it only represents about a quarter of the total world cotton use. Take a look at the challenges faced by U.S. cotton farmers.

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News You Can Use: Ag Opportunities Created by the USDA

The United States Department of Agriculture wears many hats, but it seems they always have their farm boots on. Every initiative, every trade mission, every funded research proposal aims to advance agriculture in the U.S. Read up on what the USDA has been up to lately in pursuit of improving opportunities, abilities, and the outlook for the future of ag in America.

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News You Can Use: Time is Ripe to Take Advantage of Growing Markets

When many think of ag news, they typically think about what’s going on in the U.S. in terms of weather conditions, pests and diseases, governmental legislation, food safety, pricing and more. However, the U.S. is a major exporter of agriculture goods to all corners of the world. You can stay abreast of ag news both stateside and overseas with the USDA. See some of the most recent highlights concerning agriculture trade below.

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How the El Niño Weather Pattern is Affecting Peach Crops and Other Farms in the Southeast

This winter’s unseasonably warm weather due to the El Niño pattern has been greatly welcomed by most, but not so for some ag producers in the southeastern portions of the country. Producers such as blueberry and pecan growers have experienced a packet of woes from the warm weather that spread across the Southeast in December and January.

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