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Cotton Market Update

cotton-inc-logoWith a look at what’s happened in the cotton industry over the past week, here is a cotton market update with Cotton Incorporated’s Jon Devine.


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The information in this report is derived from public and private subscriber news sources believed to be reliable, Cotton Incorporated and the Cotton Board cannot guarantee its accuracy or completeness.

Weather Changes

weatherEverett Griner talks about climate change or not. It is still questionable in today’s Agri View.


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Ramping Up CRDF Staffing

Harold Browning

Harold Browning

Harold Browning, Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) chief operations officer, reports that a business manager has been hired for the foundation. In addition, plans are underway to add a contracted full-time, Florida-based project manager to oversee antimicrobial strategies and opportunities.


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Ethanol is Lowest Cost Motor Fuel

Results from a new report show that ethanol is the lowest cost motor fuel. Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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Olives a Possible Alternative for Citrus

Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper

There have been efforts underway for some time to find a possible alternative for citrus. One of those could even be olives, as Gary Cooper has more on that story.


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EPA Administrator Promises to Address WOTUS Concerns

According to The National Journal, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy feels her efforts to meet with farmers and ranchers and policymakers on the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule has been worth it.


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Markets Discussed at Peanut Conference

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference took place this past weekend in Panama City, Florida, and Tyron Spearman could be found in his apron fixing grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. But he also took time out to attend the various sessions where a variety of topics were discussed, including peanut markets.


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For more from this year’s Southern Peanut Growers Conference click here.

Alabama Junior Cattlemen Hold Roundup

acaThe annual Alabama Junior Cattlemen’s Association’s Roundup took place this past weekend, as Cobie Rutherford with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association said it was a great event.


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Georgia Beef Board Planning Ahead

gbbThe Georgia Beef Board met this past weekend while attending the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Summer Conference. Their Chairman, Harvey Lemmon, talks about what was discussed at this meeting.


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Florida Beef Council Holds Beef 101 Course

fbc-logo-2012The Florida Beef Council held another Beef 101 Course, thanks to the beef checkoff. And it was an event that Ashley Hughes was pleased with.


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Fuel Questions

propane-BBQ BeefEverett Griner talks about the impact on agriculture of propane shortages in today’s Agri View.


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Florida Innovative Farmer Awardees Announced

From the Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference:

Gainesville, Fla. – The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Florida A&M University’s Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Focus Team are pleased to announce the three winners of the Innovative Farmer Award for this year’s conference.

The Innovative Farmer Award recognizes farmers and ranchers who are innovative leaders and excel in making their farming systems more profitable over the long term, using farming practices that Read the rest of this entry »

China Discussed at Southern Peanut Growers Conference

Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

One topic during last week’s Southern Peanut Growers Conference in Panama City was China. Jeff Johnson with Birdsong Peanut Company, one of the speakers at this year’s event, talked about the issues with this country concerning peanuts and Cindy Zimmerman caught up with him afterwards.


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Hoping to Involve More Landowners in Longleaf Pine Restoration

USDADuring last week’s event recognizing the 5th anniversary of the Longleaf Restoration Initiative, some were asking what it would take to get more landowners across the Southeast involved in planting longleaf pines.


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To learn more about the NRCS Longleaf Pine Initiative click here.

NCBA President Looking Forward to Summer Conference

Bob McCan

Bob McCan

President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Bob McCan from Texas, was here in the Southeast this past weekend as he attended the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association’s annual Summer Conference.


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For more on the Cattle Industry Summer Conference click here.

More Fruits, Nuts and Veggies

Production of fruits, nuts and vegetables is picking up and Cindy Zimmerman reports that’s because consumption continues to increase.


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Gulf Citrus Celebration Coming in Two Weeks

Bernadette Rashford

Bernadette Rashford

Bernadette Rashford with the Gulf Citrus Growers Association wants to remind growers about this year’s Gulf Citrus “CELEBRATION” coming up in just two weeks.


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Florida Citrus Growers URGED to Complete PFD Survey by Aug 1st Deadline!

orange groveConsidering reports of Post-bloom Fruit Drop (PFD) during this year’s bloom season, citrus extension agents are urging growers statewide to complete an online PFD survey. Read the rest of this news post for the direct link to the survey, which only takes moments to complete online. Complete the Survey.

Cattle Herd Still Shrinking but More Heifers are Being Retained

cattleWhile we are looking at ever tighter cattle supplies, there is also a possibility of an expansion on the horizon. Or as Gary Crawford reports, at least that’s the gist of two new USDA cattle reports.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Charitable Giving Protection

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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 strengthening the law dealing with deceptive and misleading charities.


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

Organic Questions

organic vegetablesEverett Griner talks about organic farming and the possibility of it being stalled in today’s Agri View.


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GCA Summer Conference Continues

gca-summer-conf-2014-danceIt’s day two of the 2014 Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Summer Conference in Helen, Ga. Last night a great crowd turned out for the dinner, auction, and music at the Cottrell Ranch.

Michele Creamer

Michele Creamer

Last night I talked with Michele Creamer, GCA Vice President of Operations, who is very pleased with this year’s event.


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Various meetings will take place again today with a fun event planned tonight for the Saturday evening meal. Then a special event will be held tomorrow morning for GCA Executive Vice President Josh White who will be leaving the association in a couple of weeks. To learn more go to www.gabeef.org.

Weekly Livestock Market Report

Cattle_herdHere are the cattle market numbers for the week ending July 25th put together by the livestock market news service for the states of Alabama and Georgia.

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Three Southeast Farmers Included in “Champions of Change” for Agriculture Honor

White House and USDA to Honor “Champions of Change” for Agriculture:

On Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 at 10:00 AM ET, the White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will honor 15 local “Champions of Change,” leaders from across the country who are doing extraordinary things to build the bench for the next generation of farming and ranching. These champions are leading in their industries and communities, inspiring others who want to find careers and a life on the land, and providing food, fiber, fuel, and flora around the world.

The program will feature USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, who will discuss efforts to ensure that beginning farmers and the growing ranks of agriculture – women, young people, immigrants, socially disadvantaged producers, returning veterans and retirees – have access to the programs and support they need. The event will include a discussion about how to continue growing and supporting the next generation of America’s farmers and ranchers. Read the rest of this entry »

Growing Interest in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

There is really getting to be quite an increase in those interested in unmanned aerial vehicles. Cindy Zimmerman looks at how some in agriculture are looking at possible uses for them.


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Conservation Practices and The Waters of the U.S. Proposal

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

Why are many conservation practices listed as exempt under a proposed clarification of the Clean Water Act? Rod Bain reports.


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CBB Chair Speaks at Georgia Cattlemen’s Summer Conference

gca-summer-conf-2014The 4th annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Summer Conference officially kicked off today in the North Georgia Mountains. Cattlemen and women from across the state got together this morning for the opening session at Unicoi State Park in Helen, Georgia.

Kim Brackett

Kim Brackett

The guest speaker for the opening session was Cattlemen’s Beef Board Chair Kim Brackett, from Buhl, Idaho. I caught up with her to talk about some of the points she discussed this morning.


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No Browning Less Grease with Florida’s Elkton Potato

elkton-potatosA story from the University of Florida notes a new potato variety grown for use as a chip should be more marketable because it averts a process that causes the crop to brown, and may be less oily than current tubers.


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Fruit and Nut Production Highlights from Census of Ag

Various fruits and nuts are grown all across the country with many of them right here in the Southeast. Today Rod Bain has some of the fun facts from the recent Census of Agriculture pertaining to fruit and nut production here in the U.S.


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Good Crowd at Southern Peanut Growers Conference

southernpeanutfarmersThere is a record crowd at the 16th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference in Panama City Beach, and the mood among growers is positive. With more from the conference, here’s Cindy Zimmerman.


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