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Ag in Review for the Week Ending October 14, 2016

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about issues as a result of weather conditions, have information about a couple of big events, talk about pecans, fishing and Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market reports for the week ending October 14th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Biggest Fresh Summit Convention & Expo Ever

pma-fresh-summitThe Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) 2016 Fresh Summit Convention & Expo kicked off today and runs through Sunday in Orlando, Florida. Attendees will be able to find fresh product and business ideas at every turn, from education to the expo. PMA CEO Brian Silbermann says it is the biggest one ever.

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Harvesting Demonstrations Will Take Place at Sunbelt Ag Expo

sunbelt-expo-2015-media-phoThe 2016 Sunbelt Ag Expo kicks off Tuesday, October 18 in Moultrie, Georgia. Despite the fact it’s been a challenging crop year, show director Chip Blalock says the harvesting demonstrations will take place like normal.

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Alabama Producers Urged to Keep Watch for Screwworm

From the Alabama Cooperative Extension System:

acesAUBURN, Ala.—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed three New World screwworm cases in Florida last week.

Three Wild Key Deer on a wildlife refuge in Big Pine Key, Florida, are the first locally confirmed cases of New World screwworm in more than three decades. In 2007 and 2010, dogs from Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela were confirmed carriers of screwworm larvae. Now in Florida, officials have Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama Department of Transportation Approves Drought Emergency Declaration

From the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association:

We just got word that the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has approved our request for a special Drought Emergency Declaration for hay hauling. Permits are available for loads up to 12′ wide and 14′ high up to 80,000 lbs. on five axles. The PERMIT FEES are WAIVED. Simply call the permit office at 1-800-499-2782.

Alabama NRCS Signup Batching Deadline is Next Week

USDAUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama wants to remind landowners that next Friday, October 21st is the signup batching date for producers for 2017 funding for a variety of conservation programs.

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Many Events Taking Place Next Week at Sunbelt Ag Expo

sunbeltWhile they have received several calls and emails asking if the Sunbelt AG Expo was affected by Hurricane Matthew, officials there note they are blessed and fortunate to say they were not and the 2016 Expo will continue as scheduled. Tyron Spearman reports they look forward to seeing everyone October 18-20 in Moultrie, Georgia.

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Screwworm Life Cycle and Habits Contribute to Insect’s Threat

From the University of Florida/IFAS
By: Tom Nordlie

A sterile male screwworm fly marked with a numbered tag to study fly dispersal, behavior, and longevity. Photo by Peggy Greb, USDA-ARS

A sterile male screwworm fly marked with a numbered tag to study fly dispersal, behavior, and longevity. Photo by Peggy Greb, USDA-ARS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida residents curious or skeptical about the threat posed by the parasitic screwworm fly Cochliomiya hominivorax can rest assured the insect merits all the attention it has received after an outbreak was detected in the Florida Keys earlier this month, say experts with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Commonly known as the primary screwworm fly or New World screwworm fly, the insect threatens the health of warm-blooded animals and people in areas where it is well-established, said Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources.

“To put it plainly, a full-blown screwworm infestation is a death sentence for the host animal,” Payne said. “This pest can kill a Read the rest of this entry »

Online Hay Listing Now Available for Alabama Farmers

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries:

adaiMontgomery, AL- The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries in cooperation with the Alabama Agribusiness Council, the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Farmers Federation are launching an on-line hay listing to address the urgent need for hay that livestock producers are experiencing during the current drought conditions in Alabama. As of October 12, 2016, 26 primary counties in Alabama have been designated as primary natural disaster areas and 14 Read the rest of this entry »

Decrease in Peanut Production Forecast

National Peanut Board

Tyron Spearman

The October crop report from USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service notes a decrease in U.S. peanut production from last month’s estimate. Tyron Spearman has those numbers along with a look at some of the other row crops grown in the Southeast.

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Slight Decrease in U.S. Cotton Production

USDAUSDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) released its October crop reports today, and Bianca Pruneda with NASS in Washington, D.C. says cotton production here in the United States this year will be down slightly from earlier forecasts.

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