In early March, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry placed the Louisiana cooperative in receivership for non-payment of grain contracts to farmers who already made grain deliveries. Since then, the department has conducted an onsite evaluation of the financial records, contracts and the cooperative’s day-to-day operations.
“The department has been in on-going negotiations for the last four weeks trying to work out a solution that would benefit all farmers involved, and today’s filing is disappointing,” Strain said. “My hands are tied; I now have no choice but to instruct the staff to lock the doors and wait for the courts to decide the future of the cooperative.”
Chris Coombs, AgraQuest’s vice president, North America, will lead the group, which includes Sam Newsom, sales manager for the Mid-South region (Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri and western Tennessee), Bill Thomas, sales manager in Texas and southwest Louisiana and Sam Atwell, who will provide technical service support.
“The team AgraQuest has assembled brings a wealth of experience to this market,” said Coombs. “We’ve spent the past several years, through university studies and grower demonstrations, showing that Serenade and Ballad Plus fungicides can provide consistent performance and yield improvements, especially when used in a program with strobilurin fungicides.”
The team will offer growers a rounded portfolio of fungicides and insecticides, including Baritone, a Bt-based lepidopteran insecticide launched in March. The pipeline of new products also includes an insecticide with activity against sucking pests, scheduled to launch by year’s end, pending EPA approval.
Back on April 12, 2006, the United States and Peru signed the U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement, improving agricultural trade while attempting to level the playing field with U.S. competitors in the Peruvian market. At this time, less than two percent of U.S. ag exports have duty-free access to Peru, while under the Andean Trade Act over 99 percent of Peru’s agricultural exports enter the U.S. market duty free.
The United States obtained a 74,000 ton TRQ on a milled rice-equivalent basis with an annual compound growth rate of six percent. Milled, brown and rough rice can be imported under the TRQ. The out-of-quota tariff is capped at 52 percent and will begin to be phased out after an eight-year grace period and eliminated in 17 years.
However, the government of Peru, in an effort to control rising consumer prices has dropped import duties on rice and other food products for an undeclared period. Peru, as is the case with many countries around the world, is faced with alarming increases in consumer food prices and is struggling to control the situation.
Sen. Lincoln hails from a seventh generation Arkansas farm family and represents farm and rural interests in the Senate as a member of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee.
Representative Hulshof owns and operates a family farm in southeastern Missouri. He represents the interests of farmers and ranchers in his district, state and nationwide through his service on the House Ways and Means Committee, the House Budget Committee and his co-chairmanship of the House Biofuels Caucus.
Britz is a full service California agricultural retailer and wholesaler of fertilizers, chemicals, seed, application and a wide variety of on-farm services. CDMS, Inc., headquartered in California, provides data, information, and decision support technologies to the agro-business and food industries.
For more information on ADVISOR and other agronomic services from CDMS call 800-237-2367 or visit www.cdms.net.
The Louisiana Master Farmer program is an environmental education program designed to help farmers and ranchers identify and adopt best management practices.
• May 23, 9:00 a.m., Edgar Raymond, Oak Grove – cattle