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Southeast AgNet This Week: USDA Relief Program; Beef Checkoff

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on a new farm bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather as well as information on preserving the Beef Checkoff. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Mother Nature and the World Series

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

The annual World Series begins tonight, but many wonder what affect Mother Nature will have. Cindy Zimmerman has a look at what affect weather has had in past years of the fall classic.


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New Fresh from Florida Magazine

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam is happy to announce a new, re-launched “Fresh From Florida” magazine this month that has been completely redesigned but still carries exciting and important information about Florida’s $108 billion agriculture industry. Read the rest of this entry »

Peanut and Cotton Harvest in Full Swing

According to the latest numbers, peanut and cotton harvest is in full swing across the Southeast. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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USDA to Launch New Farm Bill Program to Help Provide Relief to Farmers Affected by Severe Weather

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the implementation of a new Farm Bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought. The Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting next spring, allows eligible producers who have been hit with severe weather to receive a higher approved yield on their Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture to Proclaim Beef Day

aca-50-years-of-flavor“50 Years of Flavor” is the theme for October Beef Month in Alabama, and to promote beef in the state along with also honoring first responders for their courageous efforts on the job, Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan will proclaim “Beef Day” this Thursday at an outdoor luncheon at the State Farmer’s Market in Montgomery.


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Florida Holds Beef 101 Course

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

The Florida Beef Council held a Beef 101 course today, an event Ashley Hughes was pleased with.


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Georgia Expanding Team Beef

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Team beef was a success for the Georgia Beef Board at the Peach Tree Road Race this summer, and thus Suzanne Bentley says they have decided to expand that promotional program.


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GFVGA Attends Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit

Charles Hall

Charles Hall

The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association took part in the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit in Anaheim, California this past weekend. Gary Cooper was there and caught up with GFVGA Executive Director Charles Hall.


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Alabama NRCS Revises Nutrient Management Standard

usda-logoUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama has revised its conservation practice standard on nutrient management.


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Alabama Cattlemen Present Best Steak Contest Award

Woody Clark, Richard Meadows, Ted Toole

Woody Clark, Richard Meadows, Ted Toole

Monday evening, representatives from the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association made the official presentation of the 2014 “Alabama’s Best Steak” contest award to the Conestoga Steakhouse in Dothan. Receiving the award was Ted Toole, who told me their family was very pleased to win this.


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Commissioner Putnam Recognizes Florida’s Forest Industry During National Forest Products Week

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Tallahassee, FL – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Forest Service are celebrating the benefits of Florida’s forest industry this week during National Forest Products Week.

“Florida’s forest industry produces significant economic and environmental benefits for this state,” Commissioner Putnam said. “The industry’s $16 billion economic impact supports Read the rest of this entry »

Import Problems

Red Imported Fire Ants

Red Imported Fire Ants

Everett Griner talks about imported insects and disease costing millions in today’s Agri View.


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New “Produce Innovation Award” for Growers Offers $10K and More to Winner

BAYER CROPSCIENCE LP LOGOIn a new effort to recognize growers of fruits, vegetables, tree nuts and potatoes whose innovative practices enhance the role of produce in creating better lives through improved yield or quality, better availability or increased demand, Bayer Crop Science opens the application process today for its new Produce Innovation Awards program. Read on to learn more about the award worth $10,000 in cash and a whole lot more to the winning grower. Hear Bayer’s Senior Product Manager Steve Olsen comments.

Ebola Affecting Agriculture

While Ebola fears continue to spread, Cindy Zimmerman reports how it is affecting agriculture in one country.


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Optimistic about Fruit Drop

Jim Graham

Jim Graham

There are still many concerns about how much of this citrus crop will be lost to fruit drop. But University of Florida scientist Jim Graham explains why he’s optimistic that premature fruit drop may not be as bad this year compared to the previous two seasons.


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Promoting Peanuts as Harvest Continues

As peanut harvest continues, Tyron Spearman updates a few of the numbers, along with providing information about a new scholarship and how peanuts were promoted at last week’s Sunbelt Ag Expo.


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Businessman-Rancher Preserves Old Fla., Panther Corridor

From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida:

Dwayne House walks along the Caloosahatchee River on his ranch where he has created a conservation easement that will protect a crossing for the endangered Florida panther

Dwayne House walks along the Caloosahatchee River on his ranch where he has created a conservation easement that will protect a crossing for the endangered Florida panther

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Oct. 20, 2014–Dwayne House has lived everything he dreamed of. A successful businessman, an international investor in power generation, construction, oil exploration, agriculture; it would be hard to name a place in the world he hasn’t been. But he will be the first to tell you that wealth isn’t measured in money. It is having that ability to control your own time. And what he wants to do with his is to be a rancher. “I am very independent; and independence and ranching go together,” he said.

It was a challenge. Dwayne was one of 10 children growing up in Middleton, Md. “We were poor and didn’t know it,” he said. But when he was 8 Dwayne knew he was going to be in international business and travel the world. He worked his way through college studying economics and Read the rest of this entry »

NCC to Hold STAX-Farm Bill Workshops in Ala. and Ga.

The National Cotton Council (NCC) has scheduled 25 educational meetings across the Cotton Belt to provide its members with in-depth information regarding insurance options for cotton under The Agricultural Act of 2014. And a few of those meetings will take place in Alabama and Georgia.


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NPPC Urges White House, Congress To Fix COOL Law

From the National Pork Producers Council:

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 20, 2014 – Following the release today of the World Trade Organization’s decision on the U.S. meat labeling law, the National Pork Producers Council urged the Obama administration and Congress to fix the law to avoid trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico.

As expected, the WTO ruled that the mandatory Country-Of-Origin Labeling (COOL) statute violates U.S. international Read the rest of this entry »

University of Florida-IFAS Hires World Bank Expert

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

The University of Florida/IFAS has hired a World Bank fisheries expert to lead its new Food Systems Hub. Dr. Jack Payne, UF’s senior vice-president for ag and natural resources explains.


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Statement by NCBA President Bob McCan on WTO U.S. COOL Decision

WASHINGTON (Oct. 20, 2014) – Statement by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Bob McCan, Victoria, Texas, cattleman regarding the public announcement by the WTO on the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rule:

“The announcement today by the WTO dispute panel on the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rule brings us all one step closer to facing retaliatory tariffs from two of our largest trading partners. Our producers have already suffered discounts and faced the closure of a number of Read the rest of this entry »

Increased Meat Production, Decreased Milk Production

USDA has raised their forecast for total meat production for both 2014 and 2015. Acting World Outlook Board Chair Seth Meyer first looks at their numbers for beef which is up both years.


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Citrus Growers Urged to Sign Up for TAP Dollars

Rick Dantzler

Rick Dantzler

It’s been a month since USDA announced new financial support for Florida citrus growers impacted by citrus greening. And State Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency in Florida, Rick Dantzler, is urging growers who have yet to sign up to do so.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Prescribed Fire

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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 how the Florida Forest Service oversees prescribed burning to protect Florida’s forests.


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Try Again

Asian-citrus-psyllid-nymphsEverett Griner talks about citrus greening still threatening the industry in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending October 17, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we hear from this year’s Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year, provide information about 45 state cattlemen’s associations sending a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, along with looking at how it’s a good year for pumpkins and more.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending October 17th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Barn Owls Helping with Rodent Control

owlsBarn owls are helping some farmers save quite a few dollars when it comes to rodent control. Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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Cattle Producers Urged to Get Involved in Preserving the Checkoff

Philip Ellis

Philip Ellis

We told you earlier this week that 45 state cattlemen’s associations had sent a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging him not to issue an order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President-Elect Philip Ellis from Wyoming explains what the letter is all about.


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