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Corn Prices Weigh on TN Livestock Farmers

While grain producers in Tennessee are having a bumper year, those same market forces are making feed more expensive for cattle and poultry farmers, the state’s top Agriculture official said.

“Various droughts around the world have reduced our inventories to the point that prices are extremely good for the grain farmers. We went through somewhat of a drought this year, but actually recovered with a decent crop in a lot of cases,” Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson said during a state budget hearing earlier this month.

“And then in a lot of cases, some farmers around Weakley County along the state line actually lost 100 percent of their corn crop, but came back with soybeans and so forth.”

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Johnson continued: “If you’re feeding feed, this is where you get hit. And so the poultry industry in the state is being hit hard, livestock feeders and so forth, but a lot of the livestock prices have been strong to overcome some of that.”

Johnson is requesting $68.2 million in state funding for the Department of Agriculture for the next fiscal year, holding near steady with the amount the agency received this year and up about 5 percent from the $65 million state budget for fiscal year 2012.

The department’s purview includes food safety, agribusiness, conservation and wildfire prevention.

To view other state budget hearings, click here.

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State Forest Health Assessment & Resource Strategy Meeting Friday

Press Release from the State of Tennessee:

Tennessee Forestry Commission to Meet Nov. 19

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Forestry Commission will meet Nov. 19 at 12:30 p.m. CST in the Bruer Building conference room at Ellington Agricultural Center, located at 440 Hogan Road in Nashville.

The commission will review and approve minutes of the Aug. 19 commission meeting and will hear a presentation on the recently completed Tennessee Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy. The assessment provides an analysis of forest conditions, trends and threats in Tennessee and identifies strategies for addressing long term needs. The assessment was required for forestry agencies across the nation by the federal 2008 Farm Bill.

The meeting is open to the public. Individuals interested in addressing the commission should plan to arrive prior to the start of the meeting in order to be placed on the agenda.

The Tennessee Forestry Commission comprises seven members representing the public’s interests as it relates to forest resources in the state. The commission advises the Tennessee Department of Agriculture on forest resource issues and the Division of Forestry. For more information, contact the TDA Division of Forestry at 615-837-5520.