Florida Ag Innovation Summit and USDA help pork producers
From the Farm Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your agri-food update.
** Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced that the second Florida Agriculture Innovation Summit will take place on March 30-31.
The two-day virtual summit is supported by the governments of Florida, Israel, Canada and the Netherlands.
Hosted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in conjunction with the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator, the 2022 summit will focus on technologies and advancements in water conservation and sustainable agriculture.
Over 600 people attended the inaugural summit.
** Fertilizer prices continue to skyrocket, by as much as 300% in some areas, as farmers grapple with increased costs to prepare for the 2022 growing season.
Economists from the American Farm Bureau Federation have found that several things are contributing to the record high prices, including rising raw nutrient prices, rising demand, and energy costs.
Farm Bureau Chairman Zippy Duvall said, “We urge the President to look for ways to bring down fertilizer prices, which includes resolving supply chain disruptions and removing import duties. “.
** USDA has announced a new program to help pork producers facing declining market prices due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Spot Market Hog Pandemic Program is part of the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative and fills gaps in previous assistance to hog producers.
The program helps hog producers who sold hogs in a negotiated sale from April 16, 2020 to September 1, 2020.