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Southerland Fighting to Protect Agriculture

Steve Southerland

Steve Southerland

We told you last week that U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II, who serves Florida’s 2nd Congressional District, applauded the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s unanimous approval of legislation he introduced to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers from extending federal regulatory powers to almost any body of water in America. I had a chance today to talk with Rep. Southerland about H.R. 5078, “The Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act”.


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Women Becoming the Face of Agriculture

There are more and more women becoming the face of agriculture. Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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Pharmacologist Named Executive Associate Dean at UF’s Veterinary Medical College

From the University of Florida:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Thomas W. Vickroy, Ph.D., a pharmacologist and longtime University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine faculty member, has been named executive associate dean of the college.

Dean James W. Lloyd, D.V.M., Ph.D., made the announcement following a comprehensive national search. The appointment is effective Aug. 1. Read the rest of this entry »

USMEF Unveils New U.S. Lamb Cut Chart Guide

With funding support from the American Lamb Board, the U.S. Meat Export Federation has developed a new U.S. Lamb Cut Chart Guide to help promote U.S. lamb in international markets. Joe Schuele has the details.


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Peanut Supplies and Exports Lowered

Both peanut supply numbers and peanut export numbers have been lowered as Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Beef Checkoff Funded by Producers

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know that beef producers across the country have a vested interested in the beef checkoff? Robert Fountain from Adrian, Georgia says it’s important for producers to understand where funding for the beef checkoff comes from.


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

Celebrating Longleaf Pine Habitat Restoration

nrcs-long-leaf-pineUSDA and various partners note success so far in restoring the habitat of a pine tree synonymous here in the Southeastern. Rod Bain has the story.


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Meat Trade is Strong

According to the latest USDA forecast, total meat production for 2014 has been increased.


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Farm Bill

farm-billEverett Griner talks about the challenges behind a proposed Farm Bill in today’s Agri View.


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Antimicrobial Projects Moving Forward

Harold Browning

Harold Browning

Harold Browning, Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) chief operations officer, discusses four AgroSource projects tentatively approved for funding by the CRDF board of directors that would allow field trials to move forward with antimicrobial strategies for canker and HLB.


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The Importance of California Agriculture

Yesterday Cindy Zimmerman had a story concerning the drought in the Southwest and water loss issues in California. Today she looks at the importance of California agriculture.


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Florida Celebrating Longleaf Restoration Initiative Anniversary

nrcs-long-leaf-pineUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida wants landowners to know that this week marks the fifth anniversary of America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative.


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Watershed Rehabilitation Program Funding Critical in Alabama

USDACommunities in Alabama and across the nation will benefit from a $262 million investment to rehabilitate dams that provide critical infrastructure and protect public health and safety.


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Georgia Cotton Issues Discussed on a Regular Basis

ga-cotton-commission-logoVarious things can transpire each year with any crop, including cotton. That’s why it’s important for the Georgia Cotton Commission to stay in touch on a regular basis with University of Georgia cotton specialists throughout the state.


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Peanut Crop Ahead of Schedule

Looking at this week’s USDA Crop Conditions update, Tyron Spearman reports the peanut crop is just a bit ahead of schedule compared to normal.


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Vesicular Stomatitis Confirmed in Second State

The National Veterinary Services Laboratory last week reported a positive test of vesicular stomatitis on samples submitted from four horses in Weld County, Colorado. Previous positive cases of this disease have been diagnosed in Read the rest of this entry »

Award Presented to Florida Beef Council

fbc-logo-2012During a recent event, the Florida Beef Council not only was able to promote beef, but they also received special recognition.


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Georgia Producers Encouraged to Talk Beef

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia beef Board encourages producers to get out and talk beef with consumers as there is a lot of information available to help you answer any questions they may have.


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Alabama Junior Cattlemen Holding Roundup

Cobie Rutherford

Cobie Rutherford

Cobie Rutherford with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association invites everyone to attend this weekend’s 8th annual Alabama Junior Cattlemen’s Association’s Roundup at the Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery.


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To learn more go to the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association’s website.

U.S. Orange-Juice Sales Fall to Record Low

From UltimateCitrus.com:

NEW YORK (July 21, 2014) By Alexandra Wexler, Wall Street Journal – U.S. orange-juice retail sales fell to the lowest level on record as consumers continue to turn away from the beverage, once a staple of the American breakfast.

U.S. consumers bought 36.11 million gallons of orange juice in the four weeks ended July 5, down 8.3% from a similar period a year ago, according to Nielsen data published Monday by the Florida Department of Citrus. It was the lowest level of total sales since Read the rest of this entry »

Over Half of Cotton Crop in Good to Excellent Condition

Gary Crawford has a quick look at what the latest USDA Crop Progress report has on the cotton crop.


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Urging New Comment Period for Poultry Inspection Rule Change

A coalition of consumer groups have asked USDA and the Office of Management and Budget to release the latest version of its rule to change poultry inspection and open a new comment period.


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Pig Farmers in Social Media World

The Pork Checkoff is sponsoring a new social media outreach program – #RealPigFarming


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Visit Facebook.com/RealPigFarming to learn more.

Cargill Turkey Suppliers to End Use of Growth-Promoting Antibiotics

Cargill has announced independent farms that supply it with turkey will stop using growth-promoting antibiotics. Some by this coming Thanksgiving and the rest by the end of 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Boats

Large container ship in a dockEverett Griner talks about the agriculture export business in today’s Agri View.


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Chicken Consumption Up 17 Percent in the US

From the National Chicken Council:

Greensboro, Ga. – July 21, 2014 – More chickens are crossing the road and on to consumers’ plates, according to new research presented today at the National Chicken Council’s Chicken Marketing Seminar in Greensboro, Georgia.

Overall, the average number of meals or snacks that contained chicken eaten by survey respondents in the two weeks prior to the survey was 6.1. This is Read the rest of this entry »

Water Loss Issues in California

Many parts of the Southwestern U.S. continue to deal with drought conditions, and Cindy Zimmerman has information concerning water loss issues in California.


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American Peanut Research and Education Society Recap

The American Peanut Research and Education Society recently met and Tyron Spearman reports a couple of folks from the Southeast were presented awards at the annual event.


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Disaster Assistance for 2012 Frost or Freeze Fruit Crop Losses Announced

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture: Enrollment Begins Tomorrow, July 22.

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) assistance for losses to bush or tree fruit crops due to frost or freeze during the 2012 crop year. The program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides supplemental NAP payment to eligible producers.

Farmers who did not have access to crop insurance and are in primary and adjacent counties that received a Secretarial disaster designation because of frost or freeze in 2012 are eligible for Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Cattlemen Excited about Summer Conference

Josh White

Josh White

Josh White wants to remind cattle producers across Georgia that the 4th annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Summer Conference will be held later this week in the mountains of North Georgia.


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To learn more about the GCA Summer Conference click here.

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