August 2014 Commodity Corner
August 14, 2014
Greenhouse, Nursery & Sod; Horticulture
The third Ag Discovery Adventure is Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the E.V. Smith Research Center in Shorter. The event is free and includes activities for children and adults covering topics of horticulture, home gardening, and crop and animal production.
-Mac Higginbotham, divisions director
Beef farmers are currently experiencing the highest prices ever due to lack of cattle supply, record-breaking exports, resilient consumer demand and lower feed costs. It’s a profitable bottom line, especially for those who chose to retain calves and will sell at board sales this month. The Piedmont Feeder Cattle Marketing Group board sale is Aug. 21 at noon at the Federation headquarters in Montgomery. Visit ALFeederCattle.com for more details.
-Nate Jaeger, division directo
Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) enrollment began Aug. 11 and will run through Oct. 7. News releases and enrollment deadlines will be listed at AlabamaFarmBill.com as they become available.
-Carla Hornady, division director
To honor America’s catfish farmers, Congress has designated August as National Catfish Month. Be sure to support Alabama’s catfish industry by eating healthy, delicious U.S. farm-raised catfish this month.
Registration is open for the Alabama TREASURE Forest Association annual meeting Oct. 9-11 at Auburn University. Visit ATFA.net or call (334) 613-4305 for more information.
-Rick Oates, divisions director
Dairy; Pork; Poultry
A Russian ban on U.S. imports is unlikely to directly affect producers. Dairy imports have been suspended since 2010, and a 14-month pork suspension was only lifted in March. According to reports, Russia accounts for 7 percent of U.S. poultry exports now, opposed to 40 percent in the ‘90s. However, if large quantities of these commodities don’t find a home, it could lower market prices.
-Guy Hall, divisions director
Peanut farmers still need a widespread soaking rain to ensure good yields. Since cool, wet weather delayed planting this year, harvest is expected to begin by Sept. 10.
-Jim Cravey, division director