Georgia's Top Crop Production Higher and AFBF on EPA's Chlorpyrifos Decision
**Georgia’s top crops are all forecast for increased production in 2021, according to the August Crop
Production Report from the National Ag Statistics Service.
www.gfb.org reports, corn for grain production is forecast to be up 2% from 2020.
Cotton production is expected to be up 6%.
Peanut production is expecting a 10% increase.
And, Soybeans are looking at a 29% increase, while tobacco and peaches are forecast 5% and 8% higher respectively.
**American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall is not pleased with the EPA’s announcement that they are revoking all tolerances for the pesticide chlorpyrifos.
Duvall tells www.agrimarketing.com, this administration has repeatedly made commitments to abide by science, yet the EPA decision on chlorpyrifos strays from that commitment and takes away an important tool to manage pests and insects.
He says they’re urging EPA not to make determinations on pesticides outside of the regular registration review process already underway.
**The USDA is investing $26-million to build infrastructure to expand the availability of higher-blend renewable biofuels by 822-million gallons annually in 23 states.
According to the USDA, the awards will be made under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program.
The funding will help significantly increase the use of biofuels derived from U.S. agricultural products and prioritize climate-smart solutions that will help rural America build back better.