by Steve McNulty
The other week I attended the annual meeting of the Mississippi Agricultural Consultants Association (MACA), and the news was not good. Palmer Amaranth is moving through the Delta region and becoming increasingly herbicide resistant. Commodity prices are down, while supply and equipment prices are up.
MACA President Winston Earnheart summed up how consultants can survive, and even thrive, during these tough times in four words: “diversify expertise” and “think critically.” Diversifying expertise includes learning more about fertility, irrigation, crop insurance, and invasive insects and diseases. Thinking critically includes evaluating the latest research and economic conditions and looking for ways to help farmers with the logistics of their operation and business.
As a compilation of USDA agencies, SERCH has expertise or linkages to expertise in all of these areas. If we don’t know the answer, we will find it for you. There are no easy answers these days, but SERCH will work with you to find the best answer for the questions you have. Whether you are a private consultant, extension agent, NRCS employee, or individual landowner or land manger, don’t hesitate to contact SERCH to increase your working land sustainability, productivity, and ultimately your profit margin.
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