October 06, 2017
Legislation authorizing a new H-2C agriculture guestworker program has been released by U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia), House Judiciary Committee chair. Goodlatte’s bill would replace the H-2A visa ag workers’ program, which he called “flawed and time-consuming.” Learn more at tinyurl.com/H2Cprogram.
-Mac Higginbotham, division director
Meat Goat & Sheep
Adapted from the Small Ruminant Pocket Guide (SRPG): October is time for sheep and goat farmers to make breeding management decisions. Cull and sell nonproductive ewes and does. Observe for females returning to heat as breeding season continues. This could indicate the ram or buck isn’t settling them. Consider removing the ram or buck to shorten the breeding season. Want to learn more? Contact me for a free copy of the SRPG.
-Nate Jaeger, division director
Wheat & Feed Grains
In a continuing effort to discover new uses for corn, the National Corn Growers Association has announced an investment with QMaxx Products Group. The group will develop a biorenewable gun oil for civilian markets. The oil will also have potential military applications.
-Carla Hornady, division director
Dairy, Pork and Poultry
Stakeholders recently sent a letter asking Congress to confirm it never intended to regulate manure under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. Stakeholders believe the amendment was meant for sudden release of hazardous substances posing environmental and public health risks.
-Guy Hall, divisions director
There’s more good news for forest landowners as mill construction and renovations are announced. Along with the new Two Rivers Lumber Co. facility in Demopolis, Georgia-Pacific announced it will invest $100 million in a new lumber production facility in Talladega. International Paper also announced a $300-million investment into its Riverdale Mill in Selma.
-William Green, division director
The National Peanut Board played a key role in guiding development of “milked peanuts,” which debuted at the Natural Products Expo in September. The new Elmhurst Milked drinks will be available nationally in retail stores in January 2018.
-Caleb Bristow, division director