Florida Ag Wants Amendment 3 to Pass!

Dan Citrus, Florida, General

Agriculture people in Florida are fed up with needless and inappropriate amendments being made to the state constitution, things like pig crate amendments that make Florida a laughing stock nationwide.  BUT there are people who like being able to snow the public into voting for amendments that voters often don’t understand.  At the last minute we heard about millions of dollars coming …

USDA Buys Grapefruit Juice

Dan Citrus

With grapefruit juice inventories at their highest levels in memory for the start of a season, Florida grapefruit growers are elated that USDA has confirmed purchase of millions of pounds of grapefruit juice right here at the start of the harvest season. As Indian River Citrus League’s Doug BOurnique states in this report, it should mean more stable prices for …

Serious Farm Bill Work About to Begin

Randall Weiseman General

Lots of work has already been done to gather producer input for the 2007 farm bill. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns says once the election is out of the way, serious work on the bill is just around the corner. Report (1:30 wma)

Beef Checkoff Listens to Consumers

Randall Weiseman Alabama, Beef, Florida, Georgia

The Beef Checkoff is ready to go with a new plan for 2007. Kim Essex with NCBA’s Federation of State Beef Councils says it’s a plan that was based a lot on consumer research for promotions in each state. AL Report  (1:00 wma) FL Report  (1:00 wma) GA Report  (1:00 wma) 

Peanut Usage Drops

Randall Weiseman Peanuts

Tyron Spearman has information on the peanut usage numbers, showing a drop from the last report.  Report (1:00 wma)

Mutual Uses Meetings to Reach Grassroots Growers

Dan Citrus, Florida

FL Citrus Mutual hosts the first of 5 meetings across the state, giving the organization’s new leadership a chance to meet face to face with members.  Southeast AgNet’s President/CEO Gary Cooper files this report.  REPORT (1:00 wma)