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Amendment 1 Backers to Rally for Land Buying

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM TURNER

news service florida logoTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, May 26, 2015………. Environmentalists plan to hold rallies across Florida this weekend, again calling on lawmakers to boost the amount of money for land acquisition, Everglades restoration and natural-springs protection.

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Bees-part 1

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In this the first of a two party series Cathy Isom looks into what’s causing major declines in honeybee populations and who is offering help.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1

Southeast-AgNet-THIS-WEEK-sToday’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on an upcoming important deadline for producers. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

National Peanut Board Update

The Chairman of the National Peanut Board recently provided an update of what their staff has been working on, as Tyron Spearman has the story.


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Georgia Beef Month Winding Down

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

It’s the last week of May Beef Month in Georgia, but Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board says there’s still a lot happening.


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Incredible May Beef Month in Florida

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

As the month winds down, Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council says it has had an incredible May Beef Month this year.


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Alabama State Veterinarian Says Poultry Products Are Safe

Dr. Tony Frazier

Dr. Tony Frazier

Whether you call it avian influenza or the bird flu, it’s something that has not been found in the state of Alabama, and many folks hope it never will be. Alabama State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Frazier says the state is on top of it, and he reminds consumers the disease does not affect poultry products purchased.


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CHMAs Good for Citrus; Could be Better

Phil Stansly

Phil Stansly

Almost everyone agrees citrus health management areas (CHMAs) greatly aid the fight against HLB-spreading psyllids. But University of Florida entomologist Phil Stansly says CHMAs could be even better.


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Lower Cattle Placements in Feedlots

cattleIn its monthly cattle-on-feed report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service reports the number of head on feed for the U.S. slaughter market on May 1 was 10.6 million head, 1 percent above last year. But placements in feedlots during April, at 1.55 million, is 5 percent below April of 2014.


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Georgia Students Learn about the Cotton Industry

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton

Georgia Cotton Commission’s Richey Seaton is pleased with how recent school ag day events have gone as the commission continues to talk with students about the importance of the Georgia cotton industry.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review May 22

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, jobs for grads in ag, addressing rural poverty, and farmers markets in low income areas.


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Alabama NRCS Reminder to Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1

Dr. William Puckett

Dr. William Puckett

Producers need to make sure they have a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form filed with their local U.S. Department of Agriculture service center. Dr. William Puckett, Alabama Natural Resources Conservation Service state conservationist, says it needs to be taken care of by June 1.


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Florida Producers Need to Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1

Russell Morgan

Russell Morgan

Russell Morgan, Florida Natural Resources Conservation Service state conservationist, encourages farmers to make sure they certify Conservation Compliance by June 1 at their local U.S. Department of Agriculture service center.


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Hot, Roasted

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Everett Griner talks about chicken farmers being targeted in today’s Agri View.


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New Lettuce Varieties Resistant to Disease

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Cathy Isom tells us about the new lettuce varieties with increased disease resistance.


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Updating Peanut Grading Equipment

Efforts are underway to update peanut grading equipment. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Florida Citrus Industry Threatened by Costly Diseases

orange-groveFlorida’s world-renowned, $10 billion citrus industry is an important sector of the state economy, providing thousands of jobs and capital to agricultural regions. As the nation’s largest supplier of citrus, the success of this industry is vital to Florida’s diversified economy.


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More on this story can be found on the Florida TaxWatch website.

U.S. Meat Production and Price Forecast

Seth Meyer

Seth Meyer

U.S. meat production and, in most cases, prices are expected to increase in 2016. Seth Meyer of the World Agricultural Outlook Board has the expected trends, first for meat production.


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Women in Ag Survey Shows Women Value Need for Leadership Skills

afbf-logoThe American Farm Bureau Federation recently released the results of its Women in Ag survey.


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Georgia Department of Agriculture Reminder for Cotton Producers

Nominations to fill two positions on the Georgia Cotton Commission’s board of directors are still being accepted, and nomination forms can be found on the Georgia Department of Agriculture website.


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Emerging Animal Ag Issues Tackled at Summit

Kay Johnson Smith

Kay Johnson Smith

The Animal Ag Alliance recently held their 2015 Stakeholders Summit in Kansas City, Mo. where efforts were made to bring emerging issues to discussion. AgWired’s Jamie Johansen was there and talked with president of the organization, Kay Johnson Smith.


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Common Ancestor to All Citrus Fruit

citrusCitrus fruits, ranging from oranges, lemons, limes, kumquats and grapefruits, are among the most important commercially cultivated fruit trees in the world. Yet little has been known of the origin of the citrus species and the history of its domestication.


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To read more about the results of this study, click here.

Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Increased Florida Ag Exports

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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 Florida Ag Exports increased to $4.1 billion in international agricultural trade.


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You can follow Florida Commissioner Adam Putnam on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Happy Holiday

Christmas tree farm
Everett Griner talks about Christmas tree farming being year round in today’s Agri View.


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Groups Praise Senate Passage of Trade Promotion Authority

After the U.S. Senate passed Trade Promotion Authority legislation (S. 995) Friday evening, many ag groups and Agriculture Secretary Ton Vilsack released statements praising this action: Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending May 22, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have an update concerning Country of Origin Labeling, a reminder about a June 1st deadline, along with a brush up on BBQ safety for the holiday weekend.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending May 22nd, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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USDA Helps Rural Communities Get High Speed Internet

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Cathy Isom checks out the USDA’s role in helping rural areas connect to the internet for the first time.


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Peanut Milk and New Product Packaging

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

You’ve probably heard of almond milk, and maybe even cashew milk, but have you heard of peanut milk? Tyron Spearman has a story on how it may be a possibility for consumers, along with information about new packaging for one company who produces peanut products.


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Peace River Citrus Growers Learn from Peers

LeAnna Himrod

LeAnna Himrod

Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association Executive Director LeAnna Himrod summarizes a grower round table the association held in Wauchula Thursday.


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