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Produce is Still a Bargain

We told you last Friday that food prices at the grocery store have not risen quite as much as some may think. And today Cindy Zimmerman looks at produce which is still a bargain.


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NRCS Promoting 2014 Farm Bill Programs

Leonard Jordan

Leonard Jordan

Leonard Jordan, Associate Chief for Conservation with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, reminds landowners of some of the programs they offer through the 2014 Farm Bill.


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Harvest Season Nearing for Some Georgia Cotton Fields

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton with the Georgia Cotton Commission has an update on where the cotton crop stands in his state as some growers will be preparing for harvest before long.


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National Peanut Board Sets Budget

The National Peanut Board has set their budget for the next fiscal year. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Animal Sciences Enrollment at Auburn Is Up

Dr. Wayne Greene

Dr. Wayne Greene

With the new school year underway, Dr. Wayne Greene says student enrollment numbers are up at the Animal Sciences Department at Auburn University.


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Curt Pate Holding Seminar in Georgia

There is an event coming up that cattle producers may want to attend, as Curt Pate will be holding a Stockmanship and Stewardship Seminar September 23 in Calhoun, Georgia.


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To see more about this event CLICK HERE.

EPA Releases WOTUS Proposal Maps

The Environmental Protection Agency released maps detailing the extent of the Waters of the U.S. proposal last week.


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You can see the maps online at science.house.gov.

Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Rural and Family Lands Protection Program

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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 the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program which protects Florida’s landscape, wildlife habitat and natural resources while allowing agricultural operations and production to continue.


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

Strong Performance in South Korea for U.S. Beef and Pork

usmefOne of the top-performing markets for U.S. beef and pork in 2014 has been South Korea, where exports have posted strong year-over-year gains. With more on that story, here’s Joe Schuele.


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Justice Department Requires Tyson Foods to Divest Sow Purchasing Business

Last week, the U.S. Justice Department announced it will require Tyson Foods to divest Heinold Hog Markets in order to proceed with its $8.5 billion acquisition of The Hillshire Brands Company.


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Spreading Problem

Asian-citrus-psyllid-nymphsEverett Griner talks about citrus greening spreading to other states in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending August 29, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports concerning EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, how dry conditions are affecting the peanut crop, and a look at sustainability.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending August 29th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Food Prices

groceriesThere are some who feel food prices at the grocery store have skyrocketed this year, but Cindy Zimmerman reports that’s not really true.


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Farm Income Forecast to Fall This Year

While year to year farm income forecasts are expected down this year, there was improvement noted from the February estimates. Rod Bain has the story.


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Peanut Crop and Export Update

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman takes a look at some things affecting this year’s peanut crop in certain areas, along with an update concerning a story he recently did about peanut exports.


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Free BQA Certifications Start September 1

cbb-my-beef-canYou heard us over the years promote the Beef Quality Assurance program and the importance for producers to be certified. Well for those of you who aren’t, good news as for the third time, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) is supporting the checkoff-funded BQA program by sponsoring all online certifications this fall for producers who enroll. This free offer starts September 1st and runs through October 31st.


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So starting on September 1, to become BQA certified for free, visit www.BQA.org/team.

USDA Proposes Additional Access to South Africa Citrus

Citrus from South African regions infected with the citrus black spot virus would be allowed into the U.S. under a new proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review August 29

08-29-14-usda-week-in-reviewA weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Check out the video!

4-H Raises Student Interest in Sciences

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

Recent studies show 4-H students show increased interest in a science based education and career. Rod Bain has the story.


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Feeding the People

groceriesEverett Griner talks about how farm technology must change in today’s Agri View.


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Peanut Farmers Urged to Verify Acreage History

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Peanut farmers across the Southeast are being urged to verify their acreage history. Tyron Spearman has more information on why it’s important to do so.


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Florida Citrus Growers, Beekeepers a Model for the Nation

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Tallahassee, FL – One year after Florida citrus growers and beekeepers joined in an innovative, voluntary partnership, the program has become a model for other states researching how to garner cooperation between beekeepers and agricultural producers.

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam gathered a group of citrus growers and beekeepers together in September 2013 to discuss the importance of Read the rest of this entry »

Questioning Sharing of Personal Producer Data

afbf-logoThe American Farm Bureau Federation is asking a federal judge to decide without trial, whether the Environmental Protection Agency can share producers’ personal data with environmental groups and others.


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USDA Proposing Access to China Citrus

Currently, U.S. regulations do not permit imports of fresh citrus from China, but under a new proposal from USDA, China citrus would be given access to the U.S. market.


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NMPF Pleased with Newly Unveiled Margin Protection Program for Dairy Farmers

From the National Milk Producers Federation:

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – The new margin protection insurance program for dairy farmers, which was developed by the National Milk Producers Federation and enacted in the 2014 Farm Bill, was formally unveiled today by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. NMPF said it is pleased with the overall provisions of the new program, and urged farmers to begin familiarizing themselves with what will be a “valuable tool” to help manage farms’ financial risks in the future.

“Today’s release of the new dairy program’s details is the culmination of five years of work by NMPF, the nation’s dairy cooperatives and other Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Announces New Risk Management Program for Dairy Farmers

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Tom Vilsack

This morning, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the start of a new risk management program for dairy farmers, known as the Dairy Margin Protection Program.


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Citrus Industry This Week: Wasps for HLB Fight; Chadwell Honored

The Citrus Industry This Week masthead represents the e-newsletter being sent weekly to growers and industry

Hear updates on efforts using wasps for HLB control and find out who was awarded in Florida’s citrus industry in today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

World Dairy Expo Entries Due Now

world-dairy-expo-2014World Dairy Expo, coming up September 30 through October 4 in Madison, Wisconsin, is recognized as the meeting place for the global dairy industry.


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Lawsuits Filed against Smithfield Foods Subsidiary

Seven lawsuits have been filed on behalf of North Carolina Residents against Smithfield Foods subsidiary Murphy-Brown LLC.


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