Georgia Tobacco Crop and Ocean Shipping Reform Act
**Despite dry periods in May and a very hot June, the tobacco looks very good in Georgia and Florida.
J. Michael Moore, Georgia Extension tobacco specialist, tells www.agfax.com , we have some beautiful tobacco out there.
But, Moore says, water is urgently needed in Georgia and Florida and lower temps too, with recent readings of high in the 90s to just above 100 degrees in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.
**The House of Representatives, last week, sent the Ocean Shipping Reform Act to President Biden for signature.
Ag groups responded positively, heralding the legislation that improves the oversight of ocean shipping.
The bill will address many maritime disruptions obstructing the import and export of U.S. products at American ports over the past few years.
U.S. Meat Export Federation President Dan Halstrom welcomed the passage, saying it takes important steps forward in improving the shipping services for exporters.
**The Federal Government provides 64% of public agricultural research and development funding in the U.S.
New data from the USDA’s Economic Research Service shows state governments and non-governmental sources, including universities, account for the other 36% of funds for public ag R&D.
Most of the federal funding for agricultural research performed by non-Federal institutions is managed by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.