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Secretary Vilsack Proclaims August 2-8 National Farmers Market Week

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

usda-logoAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared Aug. 2 through 8, 2015, as “National Farmers Market Week.” The declaration was made official by proclamation signed by Secretary Vilsack. This year marks the 16th annual National Farmers Market Week in honor of the important role that farmers markets play in local economies. Throughout the week, Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending July 31, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, Avian Influenza vaccines were discussed during a House Agriculture Subcommittee public hearing this week, diesel prices are at their lowest levels since 2009 which is good news for farmers, but hot, dry weather is really being felt by some dry land crops.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending July 31st, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Farmer to Farmer Network – A Communications Link

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Cathy Isom tells us about a new way for Farmers to share ideas and learn from each other.


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Peanut Sheller’s and Buying Points to Hold Meeting

Peanut Sheller’s and Buying Points representatives will be meeting next week, as Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Citrus Referendum to Start in September

orange treesThe U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced they will conduct a referendum on proposed amendments to the federal marketing order regulating the handling of fresh citrus produced in Florida.


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USDA to Stockpile Avian Flu Vaccine

John Clifford

John Clifford

Dr. John Clifford, with USDA APHIS, was one of those who spoke to the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Thursday during a public hearing to examine the federal and state response to avian influenza.


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Diesel Fuel Dips below Gasoline Price in More Than 20 States

diesel-tankWith diesel fuel prices dipping to the lowest levels since 2009, it’s great news for America’s farmers, truckers and construction firms.


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Georgia Cotton Commission Board Approves Over $600,000 in Research

From the Georgia Cotton Commission:

ga-cotton-commission-logoAt its July board meeting, the Georgia Cotton Commission (GCC) Board of Directors approved its Fiscal Year 2016 budget which includes over $600,000 to fund the GCC research program. A total of $605,588, or about 24% of the overall budget, is allocated to research. GCC Chairman Mike Lucas stated that “even with the lower Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Producers Reminded of Deadline for FSA Nominations

usda-logoThe USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Florida wants to remind farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until this coming Monday, August 3 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.


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Bugged Out

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug


Everett Griner talks about the southwest insect threat is widespread in today’s Agri View.


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NCGA to Congress: Farmers Need Safe, Reliable Roads & Bridges

From the National Corn Growers Association:

WASHINGTON (July 30, 2015) – The National Corn Growers Association today expressed disappointment that Congress failed to pass a long-term highway funding bill before its August recess. Congress voted to extend the United States Highway Trust Fund’s authorization through Read the rest of this entry »

Avian Flu Vaccine

H5N1 Vaccine Concept
Cathy Isom has a report on the pros and cons of using a potential avian flu vaccine on U.S. flocks.


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Monitoring for Old World Bollworm After First Detection in United States Yields no Additional Finds

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

FDACSTALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Prior to this summer, the Old World Bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera, had never before been found in the continental United States outside of port interceptions. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that after the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the United States Department of Agriculture’s initial finding of three, adult male Old World Read the rest of this entry »

Some Dry Land Crops Affected by Hot Weather

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

It’s been another one of those year’s where some fields have seen decent rains while others haven’t. And according to Tyron Spearman, some dry land crops are really being affected by the hot, dry weather.


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Dairy Groups Commend Senate Appeals

Dairy groups are commending senators for their work in increasing market access to US dairy in Canada and Japan. The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) this week thanked a bipartisan group of 22 senators for urging the Obama administration for Read the rest of this entry »

Bullying University of Florida/IFAS Researchers

uf-ifas-logoWhen you think about University of Florida/IFAS researchers, you think of hard working people looking to find better answers for agriculture and consumers. But unfortunately, these efforts have caused two of these researchers to be targets of broad public records requests from anti-GMO activists seeking any communications they’ve had with a number of companies.


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House Subcommittee Evaluates Federal and State Response to Avian Influenza

From the House Committee on Agriculture:

Today, Rep. David Rouzer (NC-7), Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, held a public hearing to examine the federal and state response to avian influenza.

Identified as one of the worst animal disease outbreaks the U.S. has ever experienced, the disease infected more than Read the rest of this entry »

Senate to Tackle GMO Labeling Bill This Fall

The U.S. House recently passed the GMO voluntary labeling bill by a vote of 275-190 with 45-democratic ‘yes’ votes, after turning back democrat amendments to weaken or gut the bill. But House republicans argued mandatory state labeling laws upend interstate commerce and GMO labels scare consumers.


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Citrus Industry This Week: Fresh Citrus Outlook; Citrus Expo Updates

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Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week includes an outlook on fresh citrus, information on new tangerines and Citrus Expo updates. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

Truck Weights Still Big Issue for Cattlemen

Kent Bacus

Kent Bacus

Transportation reauthorization is working its way through Congress and Kent Bacus, director of legislative affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says truck weights continues to be a big issue for them.


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New Peanut Butter Product

Tyron Spearman has information about a new peanut butter product coming out that one company hopes will be a hit with consumers.


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Update on Filling UGA Cotton Agronomist Position

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton

According to Richey Seaton with the Georgia Cotton Commission, one of the issues discussed at the recent GCC board meeting was where things stood in the process of filling the University of Georgia Extension Cotton Agronomist position.


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Hungry People

Starving Planet
Everett Griner talks about world hunger means THE WORLD in today’s Agri View.


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Preparing For Another Bird Flu Problem This Fall

Biohazard technician warning of confirmed bird flu
Cathy Isom tells us how government officials and the poultry industry are preparing for another Bird Flu problem this fall.


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Yoho Introduces Bill to Stop Horse Soring

Ted Yoho

Ted Yoho

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL-03), a veterinarian for 30 years, has introduced the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act – HR 3268. This bill will amend the Horse Protection Act of 1970, ending the abusive practice known as horse soring. Soring is the act of causing pain to a horse via chemicals or action devices in order to change the animal’s natural gait. Congressman Yoho released the following statement on the PAST Act: Read the rest of this entry »

Rogers Named Director of UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center

From the University of Florida/IFAS:

Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University Florida named Michael Rogers as director of the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred. He had been acting as interim director since November for the center, which operates under the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

CREC was established in 1917 after a group of Polk County citrus growers raised nearly $14,000 to Read the rest of this entry »

Bidding Process for Peanuts is Open

PeanutsIt was announced this week by the Commodity Credit Corporation that the bidding process for peanuts is now open, as Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Producers Encouraged to Learn about Beef Checkoff

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Jim Akin from Lexington, Alabama encourages producers to learn more about what your beef checkoff is all about.


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To learn more about your beef checkoff, go to mybeefcheckoff.com.

Alabama NRCS Promoting Programs Through RCPP

Steve Musser

Steve Musser

Steve Musser, assistant state conservationist for programs with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, explains how one proposal through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program is already underway.


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