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UF/IFAS Research Looking at Artichokes as an Alternative Crop

Photo: Courtesy of Shinsuke Agehara, UF/IFAS

Photo: Courtesy of Shinsuke Agehara, UF/IFAS

Some citrus growers have been looking at alternative crops to grow, and one crop that researchers are looking at is artichokes. University of Florida Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources Dr. Jack Payne, says IFAS researcher Shinsuke Agehara is getting good results from his field trials.


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Table Meat Farming

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Everett Griner talks about a farmer raising table meat in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more.

Bearded Chickens

Blue_Ameraucana_CockCathy Isom tells us why some chickens have beards. That story’s ahead on this Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more.

China and Vietnam Expected to Buy More U.S. Peanuts

millennialAccording to the peanut export forecast, China and Vietnam are expected to by more U.S. peanuts. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Alabama Landowners Can Benefit through EQIP Programs

Steve Musser

Steve Musser

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama wants every landowner in the state to know the the signup period for 2017 programs is underway through October 14th. And Alabama NRCS Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, Steve Musser, says that includes the various programs found through EQIP, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.


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Florida NRCS Invites Landowners to Learn More about EQIP

USDA/NRCSUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida wants producers to know that a signup is underway for 2017 funding. Lisa Harper, District Conservationist for Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties, says this is through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).


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New Poll Shows Support for TPP

Trans Pacific PartnershipA New poll from Morning Consult shows the majority of voters favor trade. The poll shows 57 percent of registered voters have a favorable view of “fair trade,” and 50 percent said they would be more likely to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) if they knew it would provide new markets overseas for U.S. farm products.

The American Farm Bureau Federation says the results are something Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Allowing Meat, Egg Products with “No GMO” Label

non gmo green vintage sealThe Department of Agriculture will begin allowing meat, poultry and egg producers to use labels such as “contains no GMO” or “derived from beef fed no GMO feed.” The guidance announced last week takes effect immediately and gives food makers information and examples on how to label products as non-GMO, known as a Read the rest of this entry »

An Update on Zika in Florida

From Adam Putnam, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

Friends,

Officials recently confirmed that local transmission of Zika is occurring in two small areas in Miami-Dade County and announced an investigation into a non-travel related case in Pinellas County. This week, I joined Governor Scott in Miami-Dade County to meet with local leaders and residents in the impacted areas.

Across the state, there has been—and will continue to be—a proactive approach to prevent the spread of Zika.

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Presidential Candidates and Agriculture

Agriculture collageThe presidential candidates are largely at odds over key issues that affect farming and rural America. Hillary Clinton has said she would continue to spend money on commodity payments, crop insurance and disaster aid for family farms that need help in disasters or other tough times. Donald Trump is expected out with specifics on his farm policy in the coming days, but has already proposed ending the Estate Tax, cutting corporate taxes, freezing regulations, limiting immigration and renegotiating trade deals. Clinton, like Trump, Read the rest of this entry »

Louisiana Flooding to Cost State’s Agriculture $110 Million

Picture from LSU Ag Center

Picture from LSU Ag Center

Torrential rains that recently caused historic flooding in south Louisiana will cost the state’s agriculture industry at least $110 million. The Louisiana State University AgCenter says that figure is expected to grow as farmers realize the full extent of flood damage.

Further, normal seasonal rains are likely to slow floodwaters receding. Many factors – including crop yield and quality reductions, increased production costs, infrastructure damage and loss of stored commodities – are not immediately clear.

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Bayer, Monsanto Merger Talks Advancing

bayer-cropsciencemonsantoMerger talks between Monsanto and Bayer AG are advancing after a series of meetings in which the companies have addresses issues including the purchase price and a termination fee, according to Bloomberg News.

Sources close to the talks say a deal could be reached in the next two weeks. Bayer CEO Werner Baumann and Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant have held Read the rest of this entry »

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