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Groups Praise Senate Passage of TPA

After the U.S. Senate passed Trade Promotion Authority legislation (S. 995) Friday evening, many ag groups and Agriculture Secretary Ton Vilsack released statements praising this action: Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending May 22, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have an update concerning Country of Origin Labeling, a reminder about a June 1st deadline, along with a brush up on BBQ safety for the holiday weekend.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending May 22nd, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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USDA Helps Rural Communities Get High Speed Internet

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Cathy Isom checks out the USDA’s role in helping rural areas connect to the internet for the first time.


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Peanut Milk and New Product Packaging

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

You’ve probably heard of almond milk, and maybe even cashew milk, but have you heard of peanut milk? Tyron Spearman has a story on how it may be a possibility for consumers, along with information about new packaging for one company who produces peanut products.


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Peace River Citrus Growers Learn from Peers

LeAnna Himrod

LeAnna Himrod

Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association Executive Director LeAnna Himrod summarizes a grower round table the association held in Wauchula Thursday.


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Florida Cattlemen on Possible Cuba Trade

Jim Handley

Jim Handley

While most everyone in the ag industry welcomes trade, thoughts on the issue of the U.S. opening trade with Cuba vary depending on the geographical location of those being asked. But Southeast AgNet recently caught up with Jim Handley of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association to get his thoughts about this possibility. Josh McGill has the story.


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Alabama Legislative Session Update

aac-logoThere are now six regular session days left in the 2015 Alabama legislative session, as Alabama Agribusiness Council’s Leigha Cauthen has an update on what lawmakers did this past week.


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Putnam on Trade Promotion Authority

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

Many ag groups have been asking Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority and Thursday, the U.S. Senate cleared a major procedural hurdle by voting 62-38 to end debate on the bill, moving it towards a final vote. TPA is a topic that Southeast AgNet recently discussed with Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, and Josh McGill has the story.


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Farmers Reminded about June 1 Deadline

Tyron Spearman has a reminder for farmers about a June 1 deadline that’s nearing.


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Avian Influenza Impact on Poultry Supply

When it comes to the Avian Influenza outbreak, one Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist said the direct impact of H5N2 on poultry meat supply is minimal and likely to remain that way.


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Ignored

Food set of different meat
Everett Griner talks about the new heart-healthy diet leaving doubt in today’s Agri View.


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Grilling Tips for Your Backyard Bar-B-Q

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Today Cathy Isom has us brushing up on safety before our next backyard Bar-B-Q.


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Argentina Peanut Harvest Underway

The Argentina peanut harvest is underway, as Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Putnam on Upcoming Florida Special Session

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

The Florida House and Senate are scheduled to begin their special legislative session on June 1st. And Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam, says this year’s regular session was certainly an unusual one.


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Compiling Weekly Crop and Weather Reports

usda-logoEach week this time of the year, USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service puts out their Crop Progress and Condition and Weather report. Jim Ewing, Director for the Southern region for NASS based in Athens, Georgia, explains how they put this report together.


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This information can be found on the NASS website.

Competitive Event Helps Train Future Ag Leaders

From the Florida Farm Bureau Federation:

FFBFGainesville, Fla. – Young farmers and ranchers who enjoy a good exchange of ideas and perspectives are encouraged to participate in the Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s 2015 Discussion Meet contest during the Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference, July 17-19, at the Read the rest of this entry »

Pasture and Rangeland Season Looking Better

Brad Rippey

Brad Rippey

The latest pasture and rangeland condition report does paint an optimistic picture, especially for many areas of the central and eastern parts of our country. USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey has the latest numbers.


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Pleased with House Passage of Bill to Block EPA Proposal

Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

The House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would block the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says they are pleased with this action.


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Citrus Industry This Week: Peach Report; Labor Update; FDOC Budget

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Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week includes a report on growing peaches, an update on the citrus labor situation and details from the latest Florida Citrus Commission meeting. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

First 2016 Dairy Supply and Demand Forecast

dairy cows in milking parlorUSDA says dairy growers will produce more milk next year, but also see stronger prices due to increased demand. With more on that story here’s Rod Bain.


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Waiting for Rain to Plant

Tyron Spearman has a quick story about how some peanut farmers are waiting for a rain before continuing planting.


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Unneeded Help

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Everett Griner talks about food safety may be revised in today’s Agri View.


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FDOC Budget Based on Very Small Orange Crop

Next year’s Florida Department of Citrus preliminary budget is based in large part on a projected orange crop size that is a fraction of crop sizes prior to the arrival of HLB.


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Meat Prices for Memorial Day Weekend

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Stocking up for your holiday B-B-Q? Cathy Isom lets you know what you can expect to pay at the meat counter this weekend.


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The Fight against HLB

20150519_150118We spoke with Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam, to get the latest news on the progress with the HLB disease. Read the rest of this entry »

Peanut Butter Maker Agrees to Fines

Tyron Spearman has a follow-up story concerning a well known peanut butter maker and how they recently agreed to pay fines.


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USDA Designates 3 Counties in Georgia as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Crawford, Peach and Taylor counties in Georgia as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by freeze that occurred from March 28-19, 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Financial Assistance Available for Florida Agriculture Producers

usda-logoUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida wants farmers and ranchers in the Escambia River, Blackwater River and Middle Suwannee River watersheds to know financial assistance is available to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat through the Gulf of Mexico Initiative.


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Beef Checkoff Programs Educate Producers and Consumers

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Caleb Beason from Russellville, Alabama knows the beef checkoff does a lot to help educate both producers and consumers.


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