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Connecting Urban Youngsters to Agriculture

Efforts have been underway to connect urban youth to agriculture as Cindy Zimmerman has the story.


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Ram Certified Agriculture Dealers

dodge-ram-logo-2Dodge trucks are following up on their widely popular Super Bowl ad by focusing on the agriculture community. Gary Cooper reports.


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To learn more about the Certified Agricultural Dealership Program, visit their website.

USDA Designates 3 Counties in Florida as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Escambia, Jackson and Santa Rosa counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain that occurred from April 4, 2014, through May 2, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Updating Farm Bill Implementation at 6-Month Mark

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Tom Vilsack

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced continued progress on implementing the 2014 Farm Bill. He was pleased to report that they’ve made tremendous progress in the first six months since the Farm Bill was signed.


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Submit Comments to Stop EPA from Expanding Clean Water Act Authority

From the Florida Cattlemen’s Association:

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently proposed an expansion of their federal authority over “waters of the U.S.” The agencies have proposed to redefine the definition of “Waters of the United States,” and that new definition would require cattle ranchers to get the permission of the federal government anytime they needed to expand, do maintenance, or perform routine activities like driving a tractor through a pasture.

Almost all activities on our open land will now Read the rest of this entry »

Former Alabama Peanut Executive Receives Award

Randy Griggs

Randy Griggs

Randy Griggs, who recently retired from his position as Executive Director of the Alabama Peanut Producers, was surprised to be honored with the annual Valor Award during the recent Southern Peanut Growers Conference. Cindy Zimmerman caught up with him afterwards.


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Dust Days

dust storm hits farmlandEverett Griner talks about modern farming preventing another dust bowl in today’s Agri View.


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New USDA Conservation Program Receives Nearly 600 Proposals

USDAAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week that USDA’s new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) has drawn an overwhelming response from partners across the nation. Nearly 5,000 organizations partnered together to submit nearly 600 pre-proposals by the July deadline.


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National Peanut Board Launches New Website

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The National Peanut Board has launched a new website which offers resources to help understand and manage food allergies. Tyron Spearman has the story.


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Alabama Cattlemen to Hold Meeting in Auburn

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association says they are looking forward to next week’s board meeting as this one will take place in a different location allowing their board members to actually see some things they wouldn’t on a regular basis.


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Endangered!

Farm Worker With Herd Of CowsEverett Griner talks about county extension agents being in decline in today’s Agri View.


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Top 16 Restaurants Are Sizzling in Alabama’s Best Steak Contest

From the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association:

acaExciting news today as the Alabama’s Best Steak competition has been narrowed to the “Sizzling 16”. The four restaurants receiving the most votes in the four regions were announced by the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association and Beef Checkoff program. Read the rest of this entry »

Longleaf Pine Restoration Efforts Continue

Leonard Jordan

Leonard Jordan

Associate Chief for Conservation with USDA’s Natural Resources Conversation Service, Leonard Jordan, encourages landowners who have not looked into the Longleaf Pine Initiative to do so by stopping by their local NRCS office.


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Addressing Peanut Allergy Concerns with Facts

peanuts-in-shellParents, schools, health professionals and others have a new resource to help them understand and effectively manage food allergies, thanks to the National Peanut Board. Cindy Zimmerman reports that NPB has launched PeanutAllergyFacts.org, a website dedicated to providing science-based information about peanut and food allergies.


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New USDA Conservation Partnership Program Receives Nearly 600 Initial Proposals

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today that USDA’s new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), which brings together businesses, tribes, communities and other non-government partners to invest in conservation efforts, has drawn an overwhelming response from partners across the nation. Nearly 5,000 organizations partnered together to submit nearly 600 pre-proposals by the July deadline.

“This program is an entirely new approach to conservation,” Secretary Vilsack said. “By establishing new public-private partnerships, we can have Read the rest of this entry »

Peanut Shellers and Buying Points to Meet

A meeting for Peanut Shellers and Buying Points is scheduled this week, and Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Safety Issue

farming tractor spraying a fieldEverett Griner talks about how living near a farm could be dangerous in today’s Agri View.


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August 3-9 is National Farmers Market Week

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, 2014, “National Farmers Market Week”. Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our nation’s thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.

The declaration was made via an official proclamation signed by Secretary Vilsack. This year marks the 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week recognizing the important role that Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review For the Week Ending August 1, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports regarding the longleaf pine initiative, how the peanut crop looks thus far in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and about efforts underway to find a new Executive Vice President for the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending August 1st, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Longleaf Pine Acres are Increasing

nrcs-long-leaf-pineThanks to efforts by many over the past few years, longleaf pine acres across the Southeast are increasing. Cindy Zimmerman has the story.


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Alabama Landowner Honored for Longleaf Pine Restoration Work

Salem Saloom

Salem Saloom

An event took place last week in Washington D.C. marking the 5th anniversary of America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative. And during that event, Alabama landowner Salem Saloom was honored for his work with longleaf pine restoration.


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Cattle Operations Honored for Stewardship Efforts

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

DENVER (July 31, 2014) – Seven cattle operations were recognized here today as regional winners of the 2014 regional Environmental Stewardship Award Program. The awards, announced during the 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference, honor the industry’s best land stewards. The seven regional winners will now compete for the national ESAP award, which will be announced during the 2015 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas.

The awards, now in their 24th year, were developed to recognize beef producers for their efforts to implement practices which improve the Read the rest of this entry »

Farm Tools

Plough being pulled by water buffalosEverett Griner talks about how intense labor has led to modern implements in today’s Agri View.


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ROI Study Shows $11.20 Return on Beef Checkoff Dollar

www.mybeefcheckoff.comDENVER, Colo., July 31, 2014 – In the most comprehensive study ever rendered about the Return on Investment (ROI) of beef checkoff assessments, Dr. Harry Kaiser of Cornell University concludes that each dollar invested in the Beef Checkoff Program between 2006 and 2013 returned about $11.20 to the beef industry. Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Extends Deadline for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program

From USDA’s Farm Service Agency:

USDAWASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced today that the enrollment deadline for the 2012 and 2013 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) has been extended to Aug. 15, 2014. Originally, program sign-up was scheduled to end Aug. 1.

The new deadline gives livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers who experienced losses because of disease, adverse weather, wildfires or colony collapse disorder between Read the rest of this entry »

Peanuts Packing a Powerful Punch

perfetcly-powerful-peanutThe National Peanut Board is very excited about their new “Perfectly Powerful Peanut” brand which rolled out back in April. Cindy Zimmerman reports it was immediately embraced by the industry.


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USDA Announces Additional Food Safety Requirements, New Inspection System for Poultry Products

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced a critical step forward in making chicken and turkey products safer for Americans to eat. Poultry companies will have to meet new requirements to control Salmonella and Campylobacter, and up to 5,000 foodborne illnesses will be prevented each year as a result of the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS), an updated science-based inspection system that positions food safety inspectors throughout poultry facilities in a smarter way.

“The United States has been relying on a poultry inspection model that dates back to 1957, while rates of foodborne illness due to Salmonella and Campylobacter remain stubbornly high. The system we are announcing today imposes Read the rest of this entry »

Dodge Ram Continues Focus on Ag With Certification Program

dodgeRAMlogo2Following up on a widely popular Super Bowl ad, Dodge trucks continues to focus on the agriculture community. Gary Cooper reports.

Dodge creates certification process.

Wheat Growers Pleased with House Action on Regulatory Relief Bill

From the National Association of Wheat Growers:

Washington, D.C. – July 31, 2014 – The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) appreciates the House votes in support of H. R. 935, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act.

“The passage of HR 935 is an important step in addressing the duplicative regulation on pesticide applications,” says NAWG President, Paul Penner, a wheat farmer from Read the rest of this entry »

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