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Broadaway Receives Florida Citrus Packers’ Highest Honor

Florida Citrus PackersFlorida Citrus Packers honored Dennis P. Broadaway with its John T. Lesley Award for Excellence at Packinghouse Day on August 27, 2015. The John T. Lesley Award is the organization’s highest recognition, reserved for individuals making sustained and outstanding contributions to Florida’s fresh citrus industry. Read the rest of this entry »

Benefits of Consuming Seafood, Part 3

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In the third part of her series Cathy Isom tells us about a recent survey dishing out the facts about fish – and why Americans should be eating more of it.


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Peanut Stocks Still High

peanuts-in-shellThe latest numbers indicate there are still a lot of peanuts out there as the new crop is starting to come in. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Grant Helps UF/IFAS Cattle Research Efforts Get Underway

Cliff Lamb

Cliff Lamb

We told you recently that two University of Florida/IFAS animal sciences faculty members had won a $450,000 grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. One of those is Dr. Cliff Lamb with the North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna, who told me he will be studying the differences in fetal development.


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New Alabama Beef Ambassador

Amanda Reeves

Amanda Reeves

The Alabama Beef Ambassador Program Contest took placed recently in Auburn, and when it was all over, Amanda Reeves from Elba, Alabama was named the new beef ambassador for the state. Amanda, who has grown up on a small family farm, explains the process of becoming the new beef ambassador.


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Georgia Poultry Producers Urged to Avoid Wild Waterfowl

Dr. Robert Cobb

Dr. Robert Cobb

Poultry producers across the country continue to be warned about the possible outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza again this fall. And Georgia State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Cobb says one big way to prevent the possible spread of the disease is by avoiding wild waterfowl.


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Photos from Citrus Expo 2015

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Take a look at a photo slide show from Citrus Expo 2015, held recently in North Fort Myers at the Lee Civic Center. The event will return next year at the same location on August 17-18, 2016.

Citrus Grower Discusses Psyllids, Nutrition and More

Lee Jones

Lee Jones

Gardinier Florida Citrus General Manager Lee Jones shared his production practices as a member of a recent Citrus Expo panel. He discusses some of those practices.


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WOTUS Rule Implemented in Some States

Dale Moore

Dale Moore

American Farm Bureau and many others in agriculture are concerned that after a Federal Judge in North Dakota blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing its controversial “Waters of the U.S.” rule in 13 states, that EPA still implemented it in the other states.


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Two New Trustees Appointed to the Florida Ag Museum

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFrom the Florida Agricultural Museum

Palm Coast, Florida – Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam, recently appointed two new trustees to the board of the Florida Agricultural Museum, Inc. (FAM), the State’s official agricultural museum.

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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: “Fresh From Florida” Products in Record Number of Stores

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Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about “Fresh From Florida” products in a record number of stores around the globe.


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You can follow Florida Commissioner Adam Putnam on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Georgia Grown Moment

ga-grown-logoToday we are starting a new feature from the Georgia Department of Agriculture that can be heard every week called the “Georgia Grown Moment”.


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Cattle Prices Continue to Decline

Doug Mayo

Doug Mayo

We all know how good cattle prices have been, but then again we also know they have been slipping a bit the past few weeks. But we also are seeing reports that indicate producers in many areas are working to build herds, and that’s something Doug Mayo, University of Florida/IFAS Jackson County Extension Director, is also seeing.


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Problem Solved

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Everett Griner talks about farmers becoming “bee keepers” in today’s Agri View.


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Peanut Farmers Preparing for Stormy Weather

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Peanut harvest has already started in some areas, and as Tyron Spearman reports, those who are at it already are trying to get a few things done before Tropical Storm Erika possibly moves through.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending August 28, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about the Waters of the U.S. rule, which went into effect this past Friday in some states, have information about what some farmers are doing in preparation for Tropical Storm Erika, and what a recent survey shows about computer and internet use on the farm.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending August 28th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Begins Efforts to Eradicate Exotic Fruit Fly

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

FDACSMIAMI, Fla.—The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has positively identified the presence of more than 40 Oriental fruit flies, Bactrocera dorsalis, in south Miami-Dade County. The initial fly was discovered during routine trapping, and additional flies were discovered during expanded trapping activities. The department, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Read the rest of this entry »

Goat Meat as an Entree

Curry Goat Meat Stew

Curry Goat Meat Stew


Cathy Isom fills us in on how goat meat is starting to make its way to the dinner table – and the surprising health benefits in every bite.


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Citrus Expo 2015 Video

New Weapons Against HLB and Canker

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AgroSource, Inc. is a science-based, privately-held crop protection company that has developed two new products that are proving to be effective combatants against HLB and canker. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) signed a Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) with the company back in August of 2013. The CRADA allows AgroSource to share resources with the USDA-ARS to conduct comprehensive scientific research, development, registration and commercialization Read the rest of this entry »

National Peanut Board Voices of Peanut Farming Series

npb-voices-of-peanut-farminThe National Peanut Board has launched a new multimedia educational series for consumers entitled “Voices of Peanut Farming.” Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Alabama Working with Other States on Avian Influenza

Dr. Tony Frazier

Dr. Tony Frazier

Avian Influenza, otherwise know as the bird flu, is something that has not been found in Alabama and State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Frazier wants to keep it that way.


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Peanut Harvest Underway in Florida

Ken Barton

Ken Barton

The peanut harvest is underway in central Florida, and Florida Peanut Producers Association’s Ken Barton says overall the crop in that area looks good.


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UGA Peanut Entomologist Says Crop Looks Good

Mark Abney

Mark Abney

University of Georgia Peanut Entomologist Mark Abney says overall, the peanut crop looks good in Georgia.


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USDA Offers Greater Flexibility for Organic and Fruit and Vegetable Growers

usda-logoIt was announced Thursday by Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, that Whole-Farm Revenue Protection insurance will be available in every county in the nation in 2016.


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Scott Declares State of Emergency as Storm Looms

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM SAUNDERS

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, August 28, 2015………. With Tropical Storm Erika on a course to barrel into Florida, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday declared a state of emergency for the entire state.

The executive order pointed to updated forecasts from the National Hurricane Center indicating the storm likely will “travel up the spine of Florida’s peninsula.” Erika is now expected to remain a tropical storm, rather than turn into a more-powerful hurricane.

“Tropical Storm Erika poses a severe threat to Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Leads Georgia Agribusiness Mission to Panama

From the Georgia Department of Agriculture:

ga-grown-logoCommissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black led a delegation of diverse agricultural interest to Panama August 23-26 with a goal of exploring the importance of the Panama Canal expansion and connectivity to our Georgia ports and intermodal connectivity to Atlanta and particularly the Atlanta State Farmers Market. The trade development mission was also aimed at identifying future opportunities for the Read the rest of this entry »

Injunction Granted: WOTUS Delayed for 13 States

Late Thursday afternoon, a North Dakota federal judge granted an injunction against the Waters of the U.S. rule, effectively delaying implementation by the Environmental Protection Agency for 13 states. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota issued a temporary injunction against the rule, while two other courts denied the injunction this week. Erickson said “the risk of Read the rest of this entry »

Conservation Incentives for Working Grass, Range and Pasture Lands

Starting September 1, farmers and ranchers can apply for financial assistance to help conserve working grasslands, rangeland and pastureland while maintaining the areas as livestock grazing lands.


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