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Hydroponic Farming

HyroponicEverett Griner talks about hydroponic farming not practical in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more.

Florida State Panel Backs Controversial Water Standards

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM TURNER

News Service of FloridaTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, July 26, 2016………. A state regulatory panel Tuesday narrowly approved the first changes to Florida’s surface-water quality standards in nearly a quarter-century, despite objections from environmentalists who argued the new criteria potentially create more health hazards. Read the rest of this entry »

Farming Game Story

farmgame-3Cathy Isom explains how many who have played “The Farming Game®” over the years may not realize the events that led to its creation. That story’s ahead on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more.

Water from Lake Okeechobee Discharges

Significant Portion of Water from Lake Okeechobee Discharges Has Been Sent South in 2016

U.S. Sugar logoDuring the ongoing media coverage of the blue-green algae blooms and Lake Okeechobee releases, some individuals have been calling for additional land to be purchased to “send the water south.” According to data made available by the South Florida Water Management District, a significant portion of the water that has entered into Lake Okeechobee already has been sent south (40 percent), illustrating that there is water flowing south when the Everglades system has the capacity to accept additional water flow. Simply buying more farm land does NOT equate to more water flowing into the Everglades nor would it significantly reduce the discharges to the estuaries during historic wet events like 2013 and 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

Work Is Underway on a New Farm Bill

Bob Redding

Bob Redding

Bob Redding of The Redding Group, who represents peanut growers in Washington D.C., was one of the speakers at last week’s Southern Peanut Growers Conference. His main topic was the new farm bill, and how preparations are already underway. Tyron Spearman has the story.


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To hear more of Redding’s comments click here.

Talking Beef at Florida Food and Nutrition Symposium

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

The Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 81st Symposium is taking place this week in Tampa. And in this week’s beef checkoff report, Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council explains what the council’s role is at this annual event.


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Georgia Beef Board to Meet This Saturday

gbbThe Georgia Cattlemen’s Association will hold its summer conference this weekend, July 28-30, at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. And in the association’s weekly Georgia Beef Board report, brought to you by your beef checkoff, Kaytlyn Malia says the Georgia Beef Board will be meeting during this event.


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Alabama Beef 101 Courses Held This Month

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

It’s been a busy month for the Alabama Beef Checkoff, and in this week’s report, Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association says that includes hosting a couple of Beef 101 courses.


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Lawmakers Call for Dairy Program Sign up Extension

We’ve told you that enrollment is underway through September 30th for producers interested in 2017 coverage in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy). But now House and Senate lawmakers want the Agriculture Department to extend the enrollment period for the program. Read the rest of this entry »

Slight Drop in Cotton and Peanut Condition Ratings

Brad Rippey

Brad Rippey

In USDA’s weekly crop condition report, both the cotton and peanut crop is showing a small decline in condition ratings. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey has the latest numbers, first for cotton.


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University of Florida/IFAS to Hold Peanut Field Day

Dr. Barry Tillman, NFREC Peanut Breeder. Photo credit Doug Mayo

Dr. Barry Tillman, NFREC Peanut Breeder. Photo credit Doug Mayo

The 2016 University of Florida/IFAS Peanut Field Day will be held Thursday, August 11 at the North Florida Research and Education Center near Marianna, Florida. To learn more about this year’s event, click here.

Final Week to Apply for Florida Pine Beetle Assistance Program

fl-forest-service-logoFlorida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam and the Florida Forest Service wants to remind landowners this is the final week they will accept applications for the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program. Applications will be accepted from non-industrial private forest landowners through July 29. Read the rest of this entry »

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