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Citrus Tree Acreage Survey Released

Duke Chadwell

Duke Chadwell

This afternoon, USDA released their annual Florida citrus tree acreage survey. The numbers from the survey were discussed during the Citrus Crop Advisory Committee meeting and Duke Chadwell, who serves on that committee, explains what the numbers showed.


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Supporting Endangered Species Reform

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

There is support for endangered species reform, and Cindy Zimmerman reports that folks in agriculture are watching a bill in Congress.


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Making Cotton Plants Water Use Efficient

Ed Barnes

Ed Barnes

Ed Barnes is the Director of Agriculture and Environmental Research for Cotton Incorporated. And part of their research efforts for quite some time has been to make sure cotton plants are as water use efficient as possible.


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Deadline for Acreage Sheets is September 26

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman has a reminder about a deadline coming up next week for some row crop farmers concerning information received earlier this summer.


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Citrus Commission Takes First Step to Lower Grower Taxes

The Florida Citrus Commission has cast a preliminary vote to give growers a break on their 2014-15 season taxes.


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Hoping Congress Works on Extending Tax Exemptions

Bob McCan

Bob McCan

Between taking time off for elections and of course the holiday periods, Congress will only be in Washington for just a few more weeks between now and the end of the year. But there are many issues of importance to agriculture that need to be taken care of and Bob McCan, President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says one of those is meaningful tax reform.


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ASA Welcomes USDA Deregulation of Enlist Duo 2,4-D-Resistant Soybeans

From the American Soybean Association:

ST. LOUIS (Sept. 18, 2014) – In response to yesterday’s decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to deregulate Dow’s 2,4-D-resistant Enlist Duo soybeans, the American Soybean Association issued a statement cheering the move and calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to now quickly finalize the label for the new low-volatility Enlist Duo herbicide that can be utilized with these soybeans to control resistant and difficult to manage weeds. ASA also called upon foreign markets where U.S. soybeans are exported to Read the rest of this entry »

Beef Checkoff Sets FY2015 Plan of Work

From the Cattlemen’s Beef Board:

cbb-my-beef-canThe Cattlemen’s Beef Board will invest about $39 million into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications in fiscal year 2015, if this week’s recommendation of Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Citizens Aware of Fight with Invasive Species

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

Invasive species continue to be an issue for not only those in agriculture, but for many people across Florida. And according to Dr. Jack Payne, senior vice-president for ag and natural resources at the University of Florida, many residents across the state are very aware of the issues being dealt with.


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Citrus Industry This Week: Grower Aid; Land Values; New Captain Citrus

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 features information on financial assistance for citrus growers from USDA, a report on citrus land values in Florida and the debut of the new Captain Citrus. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

NCC Responds to Article on Antibiotic Use in Chicken Industry

The National Chicken Council used an article by Reuters this week as an opportunity to reiterate the fact that the majority of antibiotics approved for use in raising chickens are not used in human medicine, and those that are will be phased out for growth promotion purposes by December, 2016.


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PEDv Cases dropping But Concerns Persist

The number of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus cases is dropping according to reports from American and Canada growers.


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Barnyard Distillers

Beer and wineEverett Griner talks about the increase of home-made beer and wine in today’s Agri View.


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Statement by Commissioner Putnam on U.S. Department of Agriculture Support for Growers Affected by Citrus Greening

Tallahassee, FL – Following the announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide financial assistance to thousands of citrus growers across Florida who have lost trees to citrus greening, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam released this statement:

“I appreciate the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s support for Florida growers and our entire citrus industry, which contributes $9 billion to our economy and supports 75,000 jobs. Citrus greening is responsible for the loss of millions of trees across the state and the Read the rest of this entry »

FCA Quality Replacement Heifer Sale is Friday

Jim Handley

Jim Handley

The 20th Annual Florida Cattlemen’s Association Quality Replacement Heifer Sale will take place this Friday, September 19 at the Arcadia Stockyard in Arcadia. FCA’s Jim Handley says the sale starts at 1:00p.m.


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More information is available on the Florida Cattlemen’s Association website.

FCM Applauds USDA for Creation of Citrus Tree Program

From Florida Citrus Mutual:

LAKELAND, FL. (September 17, 2014) – Florida Citrus Mutual commends the U.S. Department of Agriculture for announcing a program Wednesday designed to encourage growers to re-plant citrus.

As part of the Tree Assistance Program (TAP), eligible growers can cost share with the USDA for diseased tree removal, re-planting including labor and nursery trees. The TAP is only available to Florida growers.
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USDA Announces Additional Support for Citrus Growers Impacted by HLB

Vilsack

Tom Vilsack

This afternoon, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made new financial assistance available to eligible Florida citrus growers for the removal of trees afflicted with Huanglongbing (HLB, also known as citrus greening) and for replanting groves with new healthy stock. The support comes through USDA’s Tree Assistance Program.


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Protecting Crops Biologically

Efforts are underway to protect crops biologically, as Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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Georgia Cotton Growers Looking Forward to Harvest

Lee Cromley

Lee Cromley

During last week’s UGA Cotton-Peanut field day in Tifton, I was able to catch up with Lee Cromley from Bulloch County and Matt Coley from Dooly County.
Matt Coley

Matt Coley

Both are growers who serve on the Georgia Cotton Commission, and they described how the crop looks in their area, starting with Cromley.


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Alabama Beef Producer Pleased with Checkoff

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this weeks “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know the checkoff has programs that range from working with youth all the up to those who work with beef everyday? Jimmy Holliman from Dallas County, Alabama has seen it do just that and is pleased with what the checkoff does.


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

Conservation Innovation Grant Dollars Coming to Alabama

Steve Musser

Steve Musser

Steve Musser, with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, has more information about the Conservation Innovation Grant dollars that were awarded to the Alabama Mountains, Rivers, and Valley’s RC&D Council.


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Florida NRCS Partnering with Archbold Biological Station

Roney Gutierrez

Roney Gutierrez

Roney Gutierrez, Assistant State Conservationist for Easements with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida, talks about how they have worked with the Archbold Biological Station in Florida through the Wetlands Reserve Program.


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And you are invited to experience the sights and sound of a restored wetlands on Archbold in a Read the rest of this entry »

Pasture and Rangeland Conditions Have Improved

Brad Rippey

Brad Rippey

As we near the end of the growing season, USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey notes that pasture and rangeland conditions across the country continue to improve in general.


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Peanut Exports Up in July

New numbers show peanut exports were up in July, as Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association Joins “Fresh From Florida”

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced today that the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association joined the department’s “Fresh From Florida” membership program on behalf of its more than 250 members.

The “Fresh From Florida” marketing program promotes Florida products through a variety of initiatives, including advertising and national and international food shows. The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA) joins thousands of “Fresh From Florida” members, including the Read the rest of this entry »

National Grazing Lands Coalition to Receive Conservation Grant

nat-glc-logoUSDA announced this week that they will be awarding $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants to 47 organizations. And Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller says one of those funds is the National Grazing Lands Coalition.


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Blaming Agriculture, Again

protein cocktails with fruitsEverett Griner talks about agriculture facing the blame game again in today’s Agri View.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Conservation Projects; Cotton Crop Report

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week features details on conservation grants for Florida and Alabama as well as the latest cotton crop report. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

New App to Help Identify Weeds

If you own a smart phone, then you have access to a new app which can help identify weeds you are trying to control. Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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NASS Preparing for October Citrus Report

Jim Ewing

Jim Ewing

Jim Ewing, who for many years was with the Florida Ag Statistics Office in Orlando, is now the Director for the Southern region for the National Ag Statistics Service based in Athens, Georgia. But his area still includes Florida, and when it comes to citrus, he knows their October report is one many are looking forward to.


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