Florida Orange Lower Estimates and Specialty Crop Relief
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your agribusiness update.
**Florida Orange production is expected to reach 40.2 million boxes in the 2021-22 season, according to the USDA.
According to www.morningagclips.com, this represents an increase of 2 million boxes since the April forecast.
The May report forecast Florida grapefruit production to decline slightly to 3.4 million boxes, while Florida specialty citrus is expected to remain at 800,000 boxes.
** The USDA announced that commodity and specialty crop growers affected by natural disasters in 2020 and 21 will soon receive emergency relief payments totaling approximately $6 billion.
The funds come from the Farm Service Agency’s new emergency relief program to compensate for losses in yield and crop value.
General Secretary Tom Vilsack said: “These emergency relief payments will help offset significant crop losses due to major weather events and ensure the sustainability of farming operations this crop year.
More details, including eligibility, are online at www.fsa.usda.gov
** President Biden announced measures for American farmers in the wake of the Russian-Ukrainian war.
The administration is seeking to expand double crop insurance to an additional 681 counties, bringing the total number of countries eligible for crop insurance to 1,935 counties.
Another measure would reduce costs for farmers by increasing support for technology-driven precision farming and other nutrient management tools.
The third would double funding for domestic fertilizer production.