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Commodity Corner

May 09, 2014

Hay & Forage
Farm Service Agency offices are accepting applications for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) for losses occurring from Oct. 1, 201, to Dec. 1, 2014. The deadline is Jan. 30, 2015.
-Nate Jaeger, division director

Poultry, Pork
Propane industry officials are concerned increased exports and logistical issues may strain supply and increase prices again this winter. Farmers are encouraged to develop a plan with their suppliers. Farmers may improve energy efficiency by increasing sidewall and ceiling insulation in houses; checking tanks and lines for leaks; converting to natural gas; installing stir fans; using more litter amendments; and installing larger on-farm propane storage tanks. Read the June issue of Neighbors for more.
-Guy Hall, divisions director

Soybeans
The Alabama Soybean Producers will promote the industry with soybean themed T-shirts for students at the State FFA Convention June 3-6. They will also donate crayons and soybean science kits to the Alabama Ag in the Classroom Summer Institute June 11-13.
-Carla Hornady, division director

Forestry, Wildlife
Financial assistance is available to help non-industrial forest landowners protect pine stands from beetles. Applications are available at Alabama Forestry Commission county offices and are due May 30.
The Alabama Conservation Advisory Board voted unanimously to extend deer hunting season into February for south Alabama, including most areas south of U.S. Highway 80.
-Rick Oates, divisions director

Peanuts
The Alabama Peanut Producers Association donated 10,000 jars of peanut butter to the Bay Area Food Bank in Theodore, Ala. The donation will be distributed to non-profit agencies in the food bank’s 24-county area.
-Jim Cravey, interim division director

Bee & Honey
The U.S. House Agriculture Committee held a hearing April 29 to discuss challenges facing pollinator populations, including honeybees. Topics covered included the increase in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), research on the causes of CCD and economic viability for beekeepers. For more information on the report, go to sustainableagriculture.net/blog.
-Mac Higginbotham, division director


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