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Georgia Commodity Commissions Name New Board Members

From the Georgia Department of Agriculture:

gda-logoSeveral Agriculture Commodity Commissions have recently appointed new members. The ex officio committee for the Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commissions recently met to vote for appointments to serve in the agriculture commodity commissions for apples, blueberry, cotton, milk, peaches, pecan, tobacco and vegetables.

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New Forecast for a Very Strong El Nino

El Nino Southern OscillationInternational weather experts have put out a new forecast for the current El Nino, and Gary Crawford has an update on what we might expect.


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Inflation

Shopping till receipt, calculator and cart
Everett Griner talks about the food cost increase since the great depression in today’s Agri View.


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Dow AgroSciences Holds Field Day

dow-agrosciences-logoDow AgroSciences held a field day in Southwest Georgia this week to show growers new information about their product Telone. BrayAnna Bullard was there and has this report.


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Using Organic Methods to Improve Soil Health

Organic farming, paprika in greenhouse
Cathy Isom tells us how the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is lending a helping hand to organic farmers.


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Citrus Grower Discusses HLB Stabilization, PFD and Blight

McKenna

McKenna

Citrus Expo panelist Marty McKenna shares his thoughts about several diseases, including why groves in Florida’s southern citrus belt may be stabilizing in the face of HLB.


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Peanut Price and Crop Update

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

There was a change to the peanut posted price, so Tyron Spearman has that information along with this week’s peanut crop update.


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New Web Site Gives Easy Access to Cotton Information

cotton-logoCotton Cultivated is a brand new website which was developed to give the cotton growing community quick and easy access to important cotton information. Director of Agricultural Research for Cotton Incorporated, Ryan Kurtz, invites cotton growers to try it out.


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USDA Designates Collier County in Florida as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Sep. 2, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Collier County in Florida as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in Broward, Hendry, Lee, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties in Florida also qualify for natural disaster assistance because Read the rest of this entry »

Citrus Industry This Week: Citrus Expo Seminar Reports

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 more reports from the recent Citrus Expo seminars. Topics include growers replanting, psyllids and nutrition, disease weapons and nursery technology. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

USDA Expands Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Coverage

usda-logoCrop insurance designed to protect farmers and ranchers from forage loss due to lack of rainfall now has expanded to cover all of the lower 48 states. The Risk Management Agency’s Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Program, otherwise known as PRF, is designed to provide insurance coverage on your pasture, rangeland, or forage acres.


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Pastures Haven’t Looked this Good in a Long Time

pasture-greenAs we start a new month, Gary Crawford reports the nations pastures and rangelands are in the best September shape they’ve been in for a long time.


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Agriculture Department Budget Cuts Would Severely Impact Alabama’s $70+ Billion Ag and Agribusiness Economy

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries:

John McMillan

John McMillan

Alabama’s economy will suffer and the state’s food safety will be jeopardized if there are significant cuts in the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries’ general fund appropriation. This is the assessment of Commissioner John McMillan, who listed essential services performed by Ag Department inspectors and the specific areas of the state’s economy that will be impacted if the department’s budget is reduced by $1.2 million or more.

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Water Users

Leaf and water drop
Everett Griner talks about water consumption still growing in today’s Agri View.


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Whole Farm Insurance Offered Nationwide

Insurance Policy
Today Cathy Isom is telling us how the USDA is expanding its Farm Safety Net.


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Hoping to End Peanut Allergies / Peanut Crop Insurance Numbers

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Researchers are working to hopefully see an end to peanut allergies. Tyron Spearman has the details about that along with a look at the updated peanut crop insurance numbers.

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Checkoff Promoting Beef Industry

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Jacob Nyhuis from Leesburg, Georgia says it’s important for beef producers to share their story with consumers and the beef checkoff helps them do just that.


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

Cost Share Helps Florida Farmers, Ranchers Conserve Natural Resource

usda-logoFlorida farmers and ranchers can apply until Dec. 18, 2015, for financial and technical assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs for fiscal year 2016 funding.


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Alabama NRCS Announces Signup Batching Date

Kurt Simon

Kurt Simon

Kurt Simon, acting state conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, has information about a newly announced signup batching date for 2016 funding for four NRCS conservation programs.


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More information is available on the Alabama NRCS website.

Harden Discusses Trade

Krysta Harden

Krysta Harden

Trade Promotion Authority started a couple of months ago after President Obama signed TPA into law at the end of June. USDA Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Krysta Harden, knows how important trade is to agriculture.


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Georgia Cotton and Peanut Research Field Day is September 9

gcc-gpc-field-day-2014The Georgia Cotton Commission, Georgia Peanut Commission and the University of Georgia Extension Cotton and Peanut Teams invite growers to attend their annual Cotton and Peanut Research Field Day next Wednesday, September 9 in Tifton.


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Climate Change

Climate Change
Everett Griner talks about climate change, real or imagined, in today’s Agri View.


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Lower Farm Income Could Affect Other Businesses

Bags Of Money On A Farm Field
Today Cathy Isom looks at what a lower farm income could mean for local businesses.


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Emerging Technology in Citrus

logoThere is a new citrus nursery in Florida that is on the cutting edge of technology. Citrific is using robotic technology to clone and culture different species of Florida citrus. Mathew Conrad, one of Citrific’s founders, said this isn’t new technology, but it’s new to this industry and could greatly increase efficiency. Citrific’s high-tech nursery also includes fully automated, climate-controlled greenhouses to create an ideal environment for its trees.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: WOTUS Rule Starts; Flexibility for Growers

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes an update on the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule implemented in some states as well as information on Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Insurance. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Highlights of the TOTAL Survey

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service conducted what is called the TOTAL survey, as Rod Bain explains it includes such information as who owns farmland and how it’s transferred among owners.


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Japan Lifting Some Poultry Import Bans

Japan is lifting some of its bans on imports of live poultry and poultry meat from the United States. The bans were put in place earlier this year due to the U.S. outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza.


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Change in Dues for Alabama Cattlemen’s Association

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell

Dues were discussed during the recent Alabama Cattlemen’s Association’s board of birectors meeting, and according to Dr. Billy Powell, the board did approve an increase to start in 2016.


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Florida Beef Council’s Protein Challenge is Underway

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Today, September 1, is the official start of the Florida Beef Council’s Protein Challenge. Ashley Hughes explains what the promotion is about and how it works.


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Culinary Students to Learn about Georgia Beef Industry

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Thanks to a Federation of State Beef Council grant, Suzanne Bentley says the Georgia Beef Board will again be working with culinary students this week.


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