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Great Florida Cattle Drive

Photo by Carlton Ward Jr.

Photo by Carlton Ward Jr.

500 head of cattle, 50 miles, and wagons are welcome for the 2016 Great Florida Cattle Drive January 23-30. Josh McGill has more on this story.
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Deep South Stocker Conference Coming in August

The seventh annual Deep South Stocker Conference this year will be taking place next month in Alabama.


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Using Leftovers

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Everett Griner talks about different uses found for crop residue in today’s Agri View.


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Halloween Pumpkin Planting

Pumpkin on vineToo early to think about Halloween? Think again, especially if you grow your own pumpkin. Cathy Isom has some tips on when you should think about planting pumpkins so they’re ready for Halloween.


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Some States See Lower Peanut Acreage

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

While overall peanut acreage is being estimated by USDA to be up this year, Tyron Spearman reports there are a few peanut growing states where the acreage is actually less than last year.


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Florida’s Agritourism Industry is Soaring

Florida’s top two industries are tourism and agriculture, and when you combine the two, it becomes something special for many folks across the state.


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Women Tour Cotton Incorporated Research Facility

Monty Bain

Monty Bain

Grower tours of the Cotton Incorporated research facility in Cary, North Carolina have been taking place for quite a few years now. But according to the Cotton Board’s Southeast Regional Communications Manager, Monty Bain, a recent tour was a bit different from those in the past.


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UF/IFAS to host Bee Research Symposium July 15-16

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is hosting the state’s first ever Bee Research Symposium, on July 15 and 16 at the Austin Cary Memorial Forest Conference Center in Gainesville.


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Floral Industry Members Reach Sell Out Status for First Annual Event

pmaMore than 130 floral industry members seeking the latest business-critical information on the industry while networking with buyers and sellers have registered for the Produce Marketing Association’s first-ever Fresh Connections: Floral in Miami on July 9th.


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For more information about Fresh Connections: Floral, visit pma.com/events/fresh-connections-floral.

Applications Accepted for 2015 Florida Woman of the Year in Agriculture

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting nominations for the 2015 Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award through August 15.


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For more information about the program or to download the 2015 nomination application visit FreshFromFlorida.com.

2015 Latin American Product Showcase will be Largest Ever

usmefThe fifth edition of the U.S. Meat Export Federation Latin American Product Showcase is coming up July 15-16 in Costa Rica, and is shaping up as the largest ever. Joe Schuele has the story.


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First Annual U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Planned

The First annual U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef General Assembly Meeting is planned for July 14 and 15 in Denver Colorado. The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef is a multi-stakeholder initiative developed to advance, support and communicate continuous improvement in Read the rest of this entry »

No End in Sight

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Everett Griner talks about citrus greening still growing in today’s Agri View.


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Planning a Safe 4th of July Picnic – Part 2

burgers on 4th of July picnic
In the second and final part of this series, Cathy Isom gives us some tips on how to protect our food from spoiling the 4th of July fun this weekend.


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The Morrill Act: 153 Years of Innovations for American Agriculture

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

Justin Smith Morrill served as a Vermont Representative and Senator from 1855-1898. He is best known for authoring the Morrill Act in 1862, which created the land-grant university system, and the Second Morrill Act in 1894, which expanded the system to include historically black colleges and universities. (Historical photo)

Justin Smith Morrill served as a Vermont Representative and Senator from 1855-1898. He is best known for authoring the Morrill Act in 1862, which created the land-grant university system, and the Second Morrill Act in 1894, which expanded the system to include historically black colleges and universities. (Historical photo)

July in America. It is summer time and school’s out. It is about vacations and maybe a trip to the beach. It is Independence Day—the 4th of July—and parades and fireworks. It is about barbecues, hotdogs, and burgers.

2015 marks America’s 239th birthday.

July is also the month for another important birthday in America—passage of the Morrill Act on July 2, 1862, which established the land-grant university system, ensuring access to education for all people.

One hundred and fifty-three years later, this tradition continues across America through the network of 112 land-grant universities, which collectively educate the next generation of agricultural professionals and scientists and are helping find solutions to today’s most pressing challenges.

Land-grant universities are leading the way to ensure the growing population has access to nutritious food in the context of changing climate and the extreme weather events, diminishing land and water resources, and the need for Read the rest of this entry »

Total Citrus Tree Health Important in HLB Fight

Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers

There’s more to battling HLB than psyllid control and nutrition. The University of Florida’s Michael Rogers says maintaining overall tree health on numerous fronts is important in the effort to survive HLB.


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FFA and Ag Education Furthering Careers

ffa-logoWhen it comes to FFA and ag education in general, they are pivotal as it relates to career technical education. That’s according to Sherene Donaldson, National FFA Organization Executive Secretary with the U.S. Department of Education.


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Peanut Loan Rates Announced

Peanut loan rate information was announced recently, as Tyron Spearman has that information for growers.


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Administration Places Politics over Producers

Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

Earlier this week, USDA APHIS released their final rules for the Importation of Fresh Beef from Northern Argentina and a region in Brazil. With this step by the Administration, these areas with a known history of Foot-and-Mouth disease would be allowed to begin the inspection process to import fresh and frozen beef products into the U.S. Colin Woodall, vice president of government affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says they stand firmly Read the rest of this entry »

Partnering to Enhance Wetlands Easements

usda-logoFunding from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will be provided through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership to help conservation partners protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands.


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Tran-Pacific Partnership Would Generate 10,000 Pork Export Jobs

With talks to get underway later this month to wrap up the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the National Pork Producers Council called on the president to finalize the agreement that the Council says will generate 10,000 pork export jobs.


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Williston FFA Chapter Member Awarded

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FFA Member and entrepreneur Harrison F. Love was awarded the 2015 Agricultural Mechanics Repair & Maintenance Award. Harrison operates his own welding fabrication and equipment repair business in Williston, FL.


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Sugar Producers Defend Free Markets on Chinese News Show

It’s not every day when the American affiliate of the predominant television broadcaster in Mainland China calls for an interview.


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The segment can be viewed by clicking here.

87th FL FFA Convention

ffa-logoThe Florida Future Farmers of America have gathered this week for the 87th Florida FFA Convention in Orlando FL. Keynote speakers this year include Marc Mero and Ryan Porter.


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Citrus Industry This Week: Grower HLB Estimates; Replanting ‘Loser’ Blocks

The Citrus Industry This Week masthead represents the e-newsletter being sent weekly to growers and industry

Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week includes a report from University of Florida economist Ariel Singerman regarding growers’ estimates of HLB-affected acreage and a discussion from Peace River Packing Company President Larry Black about replacing “loser” blocks of citrus with high-density plantings. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

Alabama Attorney General Moves to Stop Wotus

From the Alabama Farmers Federation:

The Alabama Farmers Federation appreciates Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange for signing on to a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

On Tuesday, Strange joined eight other states on the lawsuit that asks a federal court to strike down the EPA’s controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Farmers have been concerned about the Read the rest of this entry »

Another Cup

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Everett Griner talks about more coffee being o.k. in today’s Agri View.


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Planning a Safe 4th of July Picnic – Part 1

4th of July picnic
In the first of this two part series, Cathy Isom has some tips to remember when it comes to planning your holiday picnic.


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Alabama’s Best Steak-Voting Begins Today!

aca-best-steak-logo-2015Who serves the best Ribeye in Alabama? Voting begins today in “Alabama’s Best Steak Contest” to find out. You have from now until August 15th to visit alabamasbeststeak.com and vote for your favorite Alabama steakhouse. A bracket challenge will determine the top “Fiery 4” restaurants, but only one will be named home to Alabama’s Best Steak.

Positive Peanut Usage Numbers

The latest Stocks and Processing Report indicates positive peanut usage numbers. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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