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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending July 17th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Women Ag Network

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There is a new tool connecting women in agriculture. Cathy Isom tells us what it is and how it works.


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The USDA has created an e-mail address, agwomenlead@usda.gov, for you to share your suggestions, stories and other snippets on how the USDA can build a new generation of women leaders in agriculture. By e-mailing them, you will automatically be added to the Women in Agriculture Mentoring Network.

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Budgets Limit Forest Service Ability to Greatly Boost Timber Sales

forestsSome lawmakers are considering mandating much more timber sales from National Forests, but does that agency have the resources to do that? Gary Crawford has the story.


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Lower Gas and Oil Prices Helping Farmers

Rayola Dougher

Rayola Dougher

Farmers would love to know what they can expect from energy prices in the future and how policy will impact their savings opportunities. Technological innovations in the oil and natural gas industry have allowed cheaper, more plentiful energy across the country. And Rayola Dougher, senior economic advisor at the American Petroleum Institute, says we’ve been a Read the rest of this entry »

Pretty Food

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Everett Griner talks about a new fad invading organic farming in today’s Agri View.


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Combating Food Myths with Science

myth and reality word cloudToday Cathy Isom helps us figure out what’s a myth about food or actual science.


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FAMU is Poised to Be a Global Leader in Agricultural Research and Innovation

From the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., testified yesterday before the House Committee on Agriculture chaired by Rep. K. Michael Conaway (TX-11).

Mangum was one of six 1890 land-grant university (LGU) presidents selected to testify before the Committee. The five other participating universities were Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University, Fort Valley State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Tuskegee University, and the Read the rest of this entry »

Commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Second Morrill Act

usda-logoThis morning, an event was held at the Library of Congress to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the signing of the Second Morrill Act. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack discussed USDA’s longstanding partnership with the 1890 Land-Grant Universities and their investments in the field of agriculture.


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Simon Named Acting State Conservationist in Alabama

From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama:

Kurt Simon

Kurt Simon

AUBURN, Ala., July 15, 2015– Alabama’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced that Kurt Simon of Knoxville, Tennessee will begin serving as Alabama’s State Conservationist on Monday, July 27, 2015.

Simon currently serves as the Tennessee NRCS Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations (ASTC-FO) in Knoxville. He holds degrees in wildlife management and agronomy from Read the rest of this entry »

Various Topics Discussed at AL/GA Seed Association Meeting

The Alabama Seed Association and Georgia Seed Association held their annual meeting this week in Destin, Florida. BrayAnna Bullard was there and has this report.


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Good Choices

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Everett Griner talks about careers in agriculture expanding in today’s Agri View.


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New Learning Tools for Children

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The American Farm Bureau Foundation for agriculture has launched a program teaching children about where their food comes from. Cathy Isom explain it.


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Checkoff Helps Educate Those Who Purchase Beef

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Joel Beverly from Arcadia, Florida knows the importance of getting the healthy beef message out to consumers.


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To learn more about your beef checkoff, go to mybeefcheckoff.com.

ASTA Represented at Seed Association Meeting

Perry Bohn

Perry Bohn

The Alabama Seed Association and Georgia Seed Association held their annual meeting this week in Destin, Fla. Folks from across the Southeast attended, including Perry Bohn, southeast regional vice president for the American Seed Trade Association. He talked about some of the many things that ASTA is working on.


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Ramsey Is Alabama NRCS Acting State Conservationist

Charles Ramsey

Charles Ramsey

Charles Ramsey has taken over as acting state conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama, and he encourages landowners in the state to visit their local NRCS office.


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FY2016 Ag Spending Bill Clears First Senate Hurdle

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

The Senate version of next fiscal year’s appropriations bill for the USDA and FDA has cleared its first hurdle. Gary Crawford has the story.


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Foreign Trade

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Everett Griner talks about the U.S. balancing foreign trade in today’s Agri View.


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Stallman Announces Departure in January

From American Farm Bureau Federation

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Bob Stallman

Bob Stallman

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 14, 2015 – American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman announced today that he will not seek reelection in January 2016 following 16 years at the helm of the nation’s largest, most influential general farm organization. Stallman, a cattle and rice producer from Columbus, Texas, is the 11th president during AFBF’s almost 97-year history. Read more on Stallman’s departure.

Sports Drink – Part 2

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In part 2 of her series, Cathy Isom tells us why it’s important to check nutrition facts before consuming that’s sports drink.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Avian Influenza; Cuban Agriculture Overview

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report on preparing for the possible return of avian influenza this fall as well as details on how Cuban agriculture could affect Florida. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Alabama Beef Contest with Sysco

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association talks about a recent contest held by partnering with Sysco to increase beef sales across the state.


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Eat Your Fruit

fresh fruits in supermarket
Everett Griner talks about fruit consumption decline in today’s Agri View.


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Sports Drink – Part 1

Cooling Refreshments
Cathy Isom tells you what you should know about that sports drink and if it’s really right for you.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review July 10

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, thirty years of food safety advice and organics with Switzerland.


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Food Labeling

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Everett Griner talks about the time it takes to read a label in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending July 10, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we hear about testimony given to the Senate Ag Committee concerning Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, how Congress has work remaining concerning agriculture, why some residents are returning to their rural hometown and more.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending July 10th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Smithsonian Exhibit Showcases Agriculture

Patent model of Eli Whitney's cotton gin

Patent model of Eli Whitney’s cotton gin

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is taking visitors back in time. Cathy Isom tells us about the exhibit showcasing decades of changes in agriculture.


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Photo provided by Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Increasing Migratory Bird Surveillance

wild-birdsA lot of work is underway by individual states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in preparing for a possible return of avian influenza this fall. Efforts include more monitoring and sampling of wild migratory birds.


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Ugly Food

food-waste
Everett Griner talks about wasted food could feed millions in today’s Agri View.


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