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USDA Video: USDA Week in Review April 3

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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, honoring Cesar Chavez, helping a university go green, and getting fit at USDA.


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A New Forecast for Retail Food Prices

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Cathy Isom has the latest USDA forecast for food prices, which includes some good news for pork lovers.


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Alabama Legislators Discuss Bills of Interest to Agriculture

aac-logoAlabama legislators were back in Montgomery this past week to conduct business for week four of the 2015 Legislative Session. Leigha Cauthen, executive director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council, looks at action taken on bills of interest to agriculture.


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For more information on the various bills being discussed during the legislative session, just go to the Alabama Agribusiness Council website at alagribusiness.org.

BQA is a Wonderful Program

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaIn this week’s BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs, Jimmy Holliman from Marion Junction, Alabama, knows going through the BQA certification process has helped on his operation.


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Get to know your BQA program by visiting BQA.org

Talking With the Host of Cattlemen to Cattlemen

Kevin Ochsner

Kevin Ochsner

The annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Convention continues today in Perry as folks from across the state are on hand to hear from the various speakers. One of those has been Kevin Ochsner, host of the program “Cattlemen to Cattlemen” from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. He explains what the weekly program is all about.


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Alabama Family Honored for Farm of Distinction

From the Alabama Farmers Federation:

Rickey & Connie Cornutt (picture courtesy of Alabama Farmers Federation)

Rickey & Connie Cornutt (picture courtesy of Alabama Farmers Federation)

A Marshall County grain, soybean and beef cattle business was named Alabama’s 2015 Farm of Distinction at the Alabama Farm-City Awards April 2 in Birmingham.

Rickey Cornutt of Cornutt Farms near Boaz has been farming most of his life, but he said he’s never enjoyed it more than the last few years.

“I’ve always wanted to farm. I graduated high school, went to college for one year and decided I wanted to come back on the farm,” said Cornutt. “We went through a lot of lean years in the ‘80s and ‘90s. It’s Read the rest of this entry »

GMO Issue

Genetically Modified food (GMO foods)
Everett Griner talks about how labeling of GMO crops is still a problem in today’s Agri View.


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Tax Preparation Tips

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No time left to do it yourself? Today Cathy Isom tells us what we need to know before hiring someone else to prepare your taxes.


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GMO Bill in US House Supported by American Seed Trade Association

Genetically Modified OrganismA new bill has been introduced in Congress that covers nation-wide regulations of GMO food products. Find out about the seed industry’s support of this bill. Josh McGill has more.


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One Without Another

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Everett Griner talks about how bio-technology alone will not prevail in today’s Agri View.


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Wearable Ag Technology – Now and In the Future

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Cathy Isom checks out how wearable technology is shaping the future of farming.


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ACEP Applications are Due May 15

USDAUSDA announced this week that the Natural Resources Conservation Service will accept Agricultural Conservation Easement Program applications through May 15. ACEP was designed to help productive farm and ranch lands remain in agriculture and to protect critical wetlands and grasslands.


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Alabama Farmers to Plant Less Cotton, More Peanuts

From the Alabama Farmers Federation:

MONTGOMERY, Ala., March 31— Alabama farmers expect to plant fewer acres of cotton and corn and devote more land to peanuts, according to the Prospective Plantings Report released today by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

The report predicts Alabama’s total cotton acreage will drop 14 percent this year, to 300,000 acres, and corn acreage will Read the rest of this entry »

Rural Crime

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Everett Griner talks about crime, for any reason, is a crime in today’s Agri View.


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What Kind of Grocery Shopper Are You?

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How you shop directly impacts the price you pay for your groceries.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Planting Intentions; FSA Deadlines Extended

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2015 Planting Intentions Report and information concerning an extension to some important deadlines. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

USDA Planting Intentions Report Has Peanut Acres Higher in 2015

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The USDA Planting Intentions Report was released today. Tyron Spearman gives all the information for peanuts and other crops.


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Planting Intentions Report Has Cotton Acres Lower in 2015

Angie Considine

Angie Considine


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The 2015 USDA Planting Intentions Report was released today. In Georgia, acreage is expected to total 1.10 million acres, down from 1.38 million acres last year. In Alabama, growers intend to plant 300,000 acres, down 50,000 acres from last year. Florida growers expect to plant 90,000 acres, down 17,000 acres from 2014.

Angie Considine with the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service gives the report.


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USDA to Provide $332 Million to Protect and Restore Agricultural Working Lands, Grasslands and Wetlands

Private landowners, tribes, and eligible entities encouraged to apply by May 15

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture is making available $332 million in financial and technical assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will accept ACEP applications to help productive farm and ranch lands remain in agriculture and to protect the nation’s critical wetlands and grasslands, home to diverse wildlife and plant species. Learn more about this project.

Alabama Cattlemen’s President Discusses Goals for the Year

Jim Akin

Jim Akin

Jim Akin from Lexington, Ala. recently took over as the new president of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association and he talks about some of the goals he has for his term.


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Crop Rotation

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Everett Griner talks about crop rotation getting some attention in today’s Agri View.


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Georgia Governor Seeks Talks in Water Dispute

From: The News Service of Florida
By Margie Menzel
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THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 30, 2015-Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has tried to kick-start negotiations with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley to try to reach agreement in the long-running battle over a river system the three states share. Read the rest of this entry »

A New Way to Protect Catfish from a Deadly Disease?

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Today Cathy Isom checks out the new way to protect catfish from a fatal disease by using an old medicinal remedy.


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Deadline Coming Up for USDA Programs

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman


April 7th is the deadline for the ARC/PLC sign-up and also the deadline for updating your yield history or to re-allocate base acres. Tyron Spearman gives us the details on these programs.


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New Bayer CropScience Product for Vegetable and Citrus Growers

Bayer CropScience logoBayer CropScience wants growers to know there is a new standard for sucking pest control. Technical Service Representative Hank Mauger has more information about this systemic insecticide that is flexible in application and offers excellent control of key adult and immature sucking pests.


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More information can be found at www.sivanto.com.

USDA Video: USDA Week in Review March 27

USDA-Week-in-ReviewA weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, from SNAP to work, more local food, and getting moving at USDA. Check out the video!

Proposed USDA Budget Cuts

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Tom Vilsack

There’s been a certain amount of talk about the fact cuts need to be made in USDA’s proposed FY16 budget. And Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack talks about the areas where some of those cuts could come from.


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Farmers’ Deadlines Moved Back One Week

Val Dolcini

Val Dolcini

Farmers are being reminded the deadline to update their yield history or reallocate base acres is now Tuesday, April 7. That is also the same day farmers need to have their choice made between the Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs. USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini explains the difference between the two.


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For more information, go to www.fsa.usda.gov.

National Peanut Board Holding Quarterly Meeting

The National Peanut Board is holding a quarterly board meeting today as Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Growing Problem

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Everett Griner talks about a problem costing farmers millions in today’s Agri View.


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