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March Commodity Corner

March 13, 2014

The Alabama Peanut Producers Association (APPA) held its annual officers elections at the March 6 board meeting in Dothan. From left are APPA Interim Executive Director Jim Cravey, Vice President Charles Turner of Geneva County, President Carl Sanders of Coffee County, Treasurer Jerry Byrd of Dale County and board advisor Kris Balkcom of Henry County.

Wheat & Feed Grains; Cotton
At workshops in Aliceville and Marion Junction, Wheat & Feed Grains producers learned about automated grain bin management systems and pest and mold control.
The National Cotton Council will host farm bill education meetings. On March 24, the meetings will be at 9 a.m. in Atmore at The Club and 3 p.m. in Troy at the Pike County Cattlemen’s Facility. On March 25, meetings will be at 9 a.m. in Prattville at the Marriott Legends Conference Center and 3 p.m. in Belle Mina at the Tennessee Valley Research Center.
-Carla Hornady, divisions director

Peanuts
The Alabama Peanut Producers Association elected officers at the group’s March 6 board meeting in Dothan. (See photo.)
-Jim Cravey, interim division director

Meat Goat & Sheep
Tuskegee University’s 2014 Goat Day is April 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme is “Marketing Matters.”  The event includes morning presentations and various field day activities. Lunch will feature goat meat and dairy products. To register, visit tuskegee.edu/goatday.
-Nate Jaeger, division director

Wildlife
Alabama’s Conservation Advisory Board is expected to consider recommendations expanding the February deer hunting season to most of south Alabama and reducing daily bag limits for antlerless deer from two to one per day at its meeting in early spring. For more information, visit OutdoorAlabama.com.
-Rick Oates, division director

Greenhouse, Nursery & Sod; Horticulture
A USDA economic study projects a 1.2 percent annual increase in farm sales of horticultural crops over the next decade, reaching $74 billion by 2023. That’s up from $66 billion in 2013. The value of farm production of fruit and tree nuts is projected to grow at an annual rate of 2.2 percent. Find more information at ers.usda.gov.  
-Mac Higginbotham, divisions director

Poultry, Dairy, Pork
More than 650 FFA students gained valuable experience practicing for career development competitions at the Auburn University Spring Judging Clinic in February, sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation and several checkoff programs.
-Guy Hall, divisions director


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