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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending November 21st, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Options for Thawing that Turkey

As we near Thanksgiving, Cindy Zimmerman offers some tips on thawing that turkey.


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Special Master Named in Florida-Georgia River Fight

From: The News Service of Florida

news service florida logoThe U.S. Supreme Court this week appointed a Maine attorney to serve as a special master in a long-running legal battle between Florida and Georgia about the amount of freshwater flowing into Apalachicola Bay. The Supreme Court said early this month it would take up a lawsuit filed by Florida against Georgia. The court Wednesday appointed Maine attorney Ralph I. Lancaster Jr. to serve as a special master who will call witnesses, issue subpoenas, take evidence and submit reports to Read the rest of this entry »

Peanut Export Update

Tyron Spearman has a look at the latest peanut export numbers.


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Getting Citrus onto the ‘Path to Purchase’

Doug Ackerman

Doug Ackerman

Florida Department of Citrus Executive Director Doug Ackerman updates the department’s shopper marketing program. It is a primary marketing tool for Florida citrus products now that the department has moved away from a focus on advertising to an emphasis on public relations.


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Promoting Soil Health

Tom Christensen

Tom Christensen

A big push has been underway for some time now concerning soil health. Tom Christensen, Associate Chief for Operations with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, says it’s really a major effort they have underway .


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Georgia Cotton Commission Pleased with STAX Meetings

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton

The National Cotton Council was in Georgia this week conducting educational meetings regarding insurance options for cotton under The Agricultural Act of 2014. Georgia Cotton Commission’s Richey Seaton was pleased with the turnout at both meetings.


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Follow-up to Alabama Youth Helping South Dakota Ranchers

Brain Smith

Brain Smith

Back in June, we told you about a group of young people from Alabama who helped South Dakota ranchers that lost cattle during the blizzard of October 2013. Along with helping to fix fences, the students from Green Hill also donated almost two dozen head of cattle to some of the ranchers. Brian Smith, Lauderdale County Cattlemen’s President, explains how that all came about.


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Possible Changes to Meat Grading Standards

Kristina Butts

Kristina Butts

USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service is looking at possible changes to the current meat grading standards. Kristina Butts, Executive Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says AMS put out an inquiry for input and NCBA formed a working group to look at this.


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Citrus Industry This Week: Advanced Citrus Production Field Day Reports

Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week includes reports from researchers and growers who attended a recent University or Florida/IFAS Advanced Citrus Production Field Day. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

 

 

New Focus on Cotton Webcast Discusses Viruses and Leaf Curl

Courtesy of Cotton Incorporated, the latest ‘Focus on Cotton’ webcast educates growers, consultants, and applied scientists worldwide about the cause of cotton leaf curl virus and a key component of the cotton leaf curl disease complex.


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Peanut Oil Great for Turkey Frying

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

If you are planning to fry your Thanksgiving turkey this year, then Tyron Spearman says don’t forget the peanut oil.


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What Taste

tomatoEverett Griner talks about tomatoes…choosing the one you like in today’s Agri View.


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Next Generation of Agricultural Leaders Selected

From the Florida farm Bureau Federation:

Gainesville, Fla.—Florida Farm Bureau has announced the selection of outstanding young agriculturists, ages 18-35, for the 2014-2016 Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Group.

The Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Group trains in a two-year program that empowers young farmers to be Read the rest of this entry »

Meeting the Demand for Turkeys

turkey-domesticWith Thanksgiving just a week away, Cindy Zimmerman looks at whether the turkey industry is able to meet the demand for their product this year.


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Getting Complacent with Peanut Disease

Peanut farmers are being urged not to get complacent with a certain peanut disease. Tyron Spearman has more on that story.


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Florida’s Jesse Wilson Named NRCS Engineer of the Year

From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida:

Jessie Wilson

Jesse Wilson

Gainesville, Fla., Nov. 20, 2014 – When Jesse Wilson learned this month he was named Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Engineer of the Year he was very surprised. His staff wasn’t. As any one of his employees will tell you, he is well deserving of the honor.

“You aren’t going to find anyone who works harder. And he enjoys his job. He fully supports his employees personally and professionally; gives us the tools we need to succeed – and he hopes you do,” said Read the rest of this entry »

Ag Groups Urge Congress to Act on Tax Extenders

A number of agricultural groups including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Milk Producers Federation, sent a letter to House and Senate leadership urging both houses to act on expired tax policies before the end of the year.


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Fill’er Up

corn stalk ethanol gas pumpEverett Griner talks about synthetic fuels having a wide base in today’s Agri View.


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Rural America at a Glance

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

Today, Cindy Zimmerman takes a glance at what’s happening in rural America.


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Georgia Cotton Producer Pleased with Research Efforts

Matt Coley

Matt Coley

Matt Coley, a Dooly county cotton producer who also serves on the Georgia Cotton Commission, is pleased with the research efforts the commission puts forward.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Vilsack on WOTUS and Beef Checkoff

AgNet This Week

The current issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes reports from the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule and on the need for another beef checkoff. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Florida EQIP Signup Deadline is Friday

usda-logoHere is a reminder for Florida farmers and ranchers that this Friday, November 21 is the final date to signup for 2015 dollars through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.


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More information is available on the Florida NRCS website.

No New Peanut Contracts

Tyron Spearman has a look at this week’s peanut prices and where things stand concerning any new contracts.


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Beef Checkoff Providing Information for Consumers

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know both promotion and research efforts provide information for consumers? Terry Slaten from Cullman, Alabama says the beef checkoff does these things so individual producers don’t have too.


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To learn more about your beef checkoff go to mybeefcheckoff.com.

New Ag Committee Leaders

While Kansas Senator Pat Roberts is set to become the chair of the Senate Ag Committee, Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow has confirmed she’ll become the ranking member on the Senate Agriculture Committee in the new Congress. And Representative Michael Conaway of Texas will succeed Representative Frank Lucas of Oklahoma to chair the House Agriculture Committee during the 114th Congress.

FDOT: Working with Ag to Aid the Economy

Jim Boxold

Jim Boxold

Jim Boxold, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) chief of staff, tells how and why the FDOT works with agriculture and takes other efforts to expand Florida’s economy. Boxold spoke at the recent Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference near Orlando, which was attended by citrus growers and other agriculturists.


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Agri View: Hands Do the Work

picking potatoEverett Griner talks about technology not replacing hands in today’s Agri View.


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Freeze Warning Issued For North Florida

The National Weather Service issues a freeze warning for North Florida


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More Vehicles Using Higher Blend of Ethanol

ethanol-e-1515% blend of ethanol can now be used in more new vehicles than ever. Cindy Zimmerman has story.


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