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Southeast AgNet This Week: FFA Helps Careers; USDA Program Signup

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a discussion about how Future Farmers of America and ag education is furthering careers and a report informing dairy producers they can now enroll in USDA’s Margin Protection Program. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Lawnmower Tips – Part 2

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In the second part of this series Cathy Isom tells us some things to remember about maintenance — to keep your mower moving this summer.


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Citrus Greening Research gets $1 million in State Budget Funding

From the University of Florida/IFAS:

uf-ifas-logoGAINESVILLE, Fla. — A $1 million University of Florida research project to fight citrus greening got the green light in the state’s budget.

Nian Wang, a researcher with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is working with a team to develop a microbial-based product, infused with patented plant-defense inducers and beneficial bacteria strains, that he hopes will cure citrus greening.

“While the product will substantially help the citrus industry in the U.S. and around the world combat greening, it is not Read the rest of this entry »

Southeastern Cotton Producers to See San Joaquin Valley Agriculture

From the National Cotton Council:

nccMEMPHIS, Tenn. – Thirteen Southeastern cotton producers will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s San Joaquin Valley the week of July 12 as part of the National Cotton Council’s 2015 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program.

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Much for Congress to Do

Dale Moore

Dale Moore

Congress is back from its 4th of July break with a lot of work remaining on agriculture. While passage of TPA was a huge win for agriculture, American Farm Bureau’s Dale Moore says there is still much left to do before Congress breaks again for its summer recess.


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Congress Urged to Reject any Repeal or Reform to RFS

This week a couple of letters has been sent to Congress urging members to reject any proposal that would repeal or reform the Renewable Fuel Standard.


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Peanut Researchers to Meet Next Week

apresMany are looking forward to the 47th American Peanut Research and Education Society Annual Meeting next week, as Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Training Young Florida Beef Representatives

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council talks about how the beef checkoff was instrumental in helping train young people in the Florida beef industry.


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‘Alabama’s Best Steak Contest’ is Underway

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association says voting is underway in “Alabama’s Best Steak Contest” to find out who serves the best ribeye in the state.


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Pleased About Georgia Team Beef Efforts

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board is pleased with Team Beef’s efforts at this past weekend’s Peach Tree Road Race in Atlanta, and she talks about how even more people are interested in becoming a part of the team.


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Georgia Cotton Commission Pleased with State Joining WOTUS Lawsuit

gccLast week, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens joined other state attorneys general in a lawsuit asking a federal court to strike down the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule from the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Georgia Cotton Commission’s Richey Seaton says the commission is pleased to see Georgia join other states in this effort.


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USDA Video: Grilling Like a PRO

USDA gives us some tips on how to grill like a PRO this summer to avoid food-borne illnesses.


For more information go to:
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www.fsis.usda.gov

El Niño-La Niña

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Everett Griner talks about the long range forecast is in doubt in today’s Agri View.


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Lawnmower Tips – Part 1

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In the first of her two part series, Cathy Isom gives us ways to keep that lawn mower running in tip-top shape all summer long – without an expensive trip to the shop.


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24th Annual Citrus Expo

Graham ExpoThe 2015 Citrus Expo seminar program is titled “Meeting Challenges Moving Forward.” Dr. Jim Graham from the Citrus Research and Education Center will be one of the seminar speakers. His presentation is titled “What has been learned Read the rest of this entry »

Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day is Thursday

Chip Blalock

Chip Blalock

The staff at Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day in Moultrie, Ga. has been busy preparing for their annual field day which is Thursday, July 9th. Show director Chip Blalock says there is a lot for folks who attend this year’s event to see.


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Ag Calendar

Tyron Spearman has a look at a couple of events coming up this week that farmers across the Southeast may want to attend.


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Alabama Man Wins World Livestock Auctioneer Championship

Brandon Neely

Brandon Neely

Livestock auctioneer and Southside, Ala. native Brandon Neely can already check “becoming a national champion” off his bucket list at the age of 29. Neely earned the top spot in the Livestock Marketing Association’s 52nd World Livestock Auctioneer Championship held recently in Texas.


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More Lawsuits Against WOTUS

State attorneys general in many states, including Alabama, Florida and Georgia, have joined in a lawsuit asking a federal court to strike down a new rule, “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency. This rule is claimed to unlawfully expand the federal government’s regulatory reach over local streams, lands and farms.


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Georgia Helping Those with Poultry Understand Avian Influenza

Dr. Robert Cobb

Dr. Robert Cobb

The Georgia Department of Agriculture continues to provide information about avian influenza (AI), and how AI viruses can infect chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, ducks, geese and guinea fowl, as well as a wide variety of other birds. Migratory waterfowl have proved to be a natural reservoir for the disease, and Georgia State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Cobb has more information.


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More information can be found on the Georgia Department of Agriculture website.

Alabama Couple Earn Southern Regional Tree Farmer Award

An Alabama couple stood tall over more than 82,000 tree farmers when they were announced as the Southern Regional Tree Farmers of the Year last week. Read the rest of this entry »

Ona White Angus Herd Up for Public Auction to be Held at Range Cattle REC

From the University of Florida/IFAS:

uf-ona-white-angusGAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Ona White Angus herd will be sold through a public auction at the University of Florida, Range Cattle Research and Education Center in Ona, this fall or early winter.

The Ona White Angus was developed over two decades of cross-breeding various Read the rest of this entry »

Indian River Fresh Grapefruit Production Costs

Ariel Singerman

Ariel Singerman


Grapefruit producers accounting for 44 percent of the Indian River area’s grapefruit acreage recently participated in a survey to determine their costs of production. University of Florida economist Ariel Singerman summarizes the results.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review July 3

A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, the World Food Prize, drought resistant soil, and grilling like a PRO.


For more information go to:
www.usda.gov
www.nrcs.usda.gov
www.fsis.usda.gov
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Great Florida Cattle Drive

Photo by Carlton Ward Jr.

Photo by Carlton Ward Jr.

Five hundred head of cattle, 50 miles, and wagons are welcome for the 2016 Great Florida Cattle Drive, January 23-30. Josh McGill has more on this story.
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Deep South Stocker Conference Coming in August

The seventh annual Deep South Stocker Conference this year will be taking place next month in Alabama.


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Using Leftovers

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Everett Griner talks about different uses found for crop residue in today’s Agri View.


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Halloween Pumpkin Planting

Pumpkin on vineToo early to think about Halloween? Think again, especially if you grow your own pumpkin. Cathy Isom has some tips on when you should think about planting pumpkins so they’re ready for Halloween.


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Some States See Lower Peanut Acreage

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

While overall peanut acreage is being estimated by USDA to be up this year, Tyron Spearman reports there are a few peanut-growing states where the acreage is actually less than last year.


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Florida’s Agritourism Industry is Soaring

Florida’s top two industries are tourism and agriculture, and when you combine the two, it becomes something special for many folks across the state.


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