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U.S. Sugar Completes 83rd Annual Sugarcane Harvest Season

This is a release from the U.S. Sugar Corporation:

Clewiston, FL – April 17, 2014– U.S. Sugar Corporation completed its sugarcane harvest operations early Thursday morning, and the Clewiston Sugar Factory is expected to grind out later today and finish liquidating* sugar on Saturday. U.S. Sugar completed its 83rd season during a year that featured far better than industry safety records across the Company and state-of-the-art technology as well as Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Legislature Has 2 Weeks Left

Sam ArdWhen Florida lawmakers return to work next Monday, they will be heading into the final stretch of this year’s legislative session. Sam Ard, Director of Governmental Affairs for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, knows part of what they will be doing is hashing out the differences between the House and Senate budgets.


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Discussing Herbicide Use in Peanuts and American Peanut Council Receives Funds

Tyron SpearmanA discussion took place this past week concerning what herbicides peanut farmers used most. Tyron Spearman has more on that story, along with news about export funding that has come in to help the American Peanut Council.

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USDA Video: This Week @ USDA April 18

A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read the rest of this entry »

Caution about Mixing Citrus Psyllid Products

Michael Rogers

Using some products together to control HLB-spreading psyllids can reduce the effectiveness of the control measures. University of Florida entomologist Michael Rogers tells which products don’t work well together.


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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Additional USDA Actions to Combat Spread of Diseases Among U.S. Pork Producers

St. Paul, Minn., April 18, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that in an effort to further enhance the biosecurity and health of the US swine herd while maintaining movement of pigs in the US, the USDA will require reporting of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) and Swine Delta Coronavirus in order to slow the spread of this disease across the United States. USDA is taking this latest action due to the devastating effect on swine health since it was first confirmed in the country last year even though Read the rest of this entry »

Rural Theft


With all the efforts of law enforcement, farmers are still victims of thieves. Everett Griner tells us what the biggest crime on farms is.


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Eggs for Easter

eggsThe following reports feature Ashley Richardson with the American Egg Board with a few tips to ensure you have perfectly hard-boiled eggs to decorate and some nutritional facts.

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State Land Sale Could Help Pay for Environmental Purchases

By JIM TURNER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, April 17, 2014 …… A Mormon Church-affiliated firm is in line to purchase 142 acres of vacant land in Hillsborough County from the state, with the money potentially helping Florida’s future efforts to preserve environmentally sensitive land. Read the rest of this entry »

A Few Tips to Remember Before Prescribed Burning

Tim Albritton
It is the time of year when many forest landowners are starting to plan their growing season burns. But before getting started, Alabama state forester Tim Albritton with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, has a few recommendations.


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Florida NRCS to Celebrate Earth Day in May

Janet GrabowskiEarth Day is coming up on Tuesday, April 22, but Janet Grabowski, manager of the Florida NRCS Brooksville Plant Materials Center, invites everyone to attend their Earth Day Celebration to be held just a bit later.


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Any Freeze Damage to Crops Likely to be Very Limited

Brad RippeyUSDA’s Gary Crawford has this report with meteorologist Brad Rippey on this week’s cold wave.


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Statement by Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Cooperative Extension Service

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued this statement today, after a celebration at the University of Florida in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, which created the Cooperative Extension Service: Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Cotton Commission Communicating with Growers

Chris ChammounThe Georgia Cotton Commission’s new director of public Affairs, Chris Chammoun, gives some insight on their producer communications efforts.


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Conservation Organizations Team Up for Quail

Here is a release from Quail Forever:

Tallahassee, Fla. – April 17, 2014 – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its meeting today near Tallahassee announced a partnership with three other conservation organizations to help the northern bobwhite (quail) and youth shooting programs in Florida and Georgia.

The four partners are the FWC, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Wildlife Resources Division (GADNR), Quail Forever and Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy. Read the rest of this entry »

More on New Farm Legislation

Tyron Spearman
Meetings continue to help farmers better understand programs through the new farm legislation. Tyron Spearman looks at more areas which have been discussed.


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Joining Forces to Combat Feral Swine

Whether you call them pigs, hogs or just swine, the feral swine issue is a growing problem as 39 states in the U.S. are now dealing with the rising issues caused by the growing populations.


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Citrus Industry This Week: Bicarbonates; Root Enemies; Expo Focus

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 includes a report on bicarbonates and HLB, information on citrus root enemies and the announcement of this year’s Citrus Expo seminar theme. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

First Anniversary of West Texas Fertilizer Explosion

It has been a year since the West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion.


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Disaster Assistance Enrollment Underway

Kristina ButtsDisaster assistance enrollment began this past Tuesday at Farm Service Agency offices across the country. Kristina Butts, with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, discusses the signup and what producers need to know before heading to their local FSA office.


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Honey Poo Poo


Imported honey may not be 100 percent honey. Everett Griner explains.


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Livestock Disaster Programs Open for Business

Gary Crawford
The Agriculture Department’s livestock disaster programs are now open for business. Gary Crawford has more.


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USDA Researchers Searching for Stink Bug Clues in Korea

stink Entomologist Tracy Leskey is one of the USDA researchers currently in Korea working on finding ways to better control the marmorated stink bug.


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Calcium a Must for Peanut Production and Peanut Price Holds Steady

Tyron SpearmanInformation presented recently noted how important calcium is for a peanut production. Tyron Spearman has more on that story along with this week’s peanut price.

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Educating Consumers about Beef

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know consumer education was a key part of the checkoff? Kyle Knight from Sylvania, Georgia does as he understands how important it is to educate consumers about beef.


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USDA Designates 9 Counties in Florida as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated nine counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas in two separate designations due to various disasters. Read the rest of this entry »

UF/IFAS Celebrating 100 Years of Extension

Nick University of Florida’s Dean of Extension, Dr. Nick Place, gives the details regarding their 100th Anniversary of Florida Extension celebration at the Plaza of the Americas on April 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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Kubota Tractor Corporation Named ‘Dealer’s Choice’ for Second Consecutive Year

From left to right: Greg Embury, KTC senior vice president, marketing and dealer development; Masato Yoshikawa, KTC president and CEO; David Sutton, KCC president and CEO; Todd Stucke, KTC vice president, agriculture and turf division; Ted Pederson, KTC vice president, northern division and special projects. (Photo: Business Wire)TORRANCE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Kubota Tractor Corporation has received the number one rating and “Dealer’s Choice Award” among Tractor Manufacturers, according to the North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA) 2014 Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey. Read the rest of this entry »

Pork Industry Leader Sees Vast Opportunities in Colombia

Joe SchueleOne of the fastest growing markets in the world for U.S. pork is Colombia. And Joe Schuele, with the U.S. Meat Export Federation, has a story on how one pork industry leader sees vast opportunities in that country.


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House Ag Chair to Step Down at End of Term

A couple of names have surfaced as possible replacements for House Ag Committee Chair when the position opens once again.


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