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Shift Gears

4x4 Pickup TruckEverett Griner talks about pick-up trucks no longer being farm vehicles in today’s Agri View.


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Conestoga Steakhouse Wins Alabama’s Best Steak Contest

From the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association:

acaThe Conestoga Steakhouse in Dothan, AL is the winner of the 2014 “Alabama’s Best Steak” contest. Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association has the details.


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New Website for Propane Comfort

If you use propane, it might be a good idea to check on supplies for this winter. Cindy Zimmerman has the details on how you can do that and more via a new website.


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Peanut Crop Update

Tyron Spearman has an update on how the peanut crop looks and where harvest stands at this time.


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Various Promotions Underway for Alabama Beef Month

aca-50-years-of-flavorA variety of events are taking place for the 50th anniversary of October Beef Month in Alabama, and Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association says one of those will be held this Wednesday night in Auburn.


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Crapshoot

dice-gamblingEverett Griner talks about farming being a big gamble in today’s Agri View.


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Efforts to Improve Cotton from Fiber to Fabric

Vikki Martin

Vikki Martin

Vikki Martin, Director of Quality Research and Product Evaluation for Cotton Incorporated, talks about what her division does to help growers with their profitability.


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Propane Industry Preparing for Winter

As crops are being harvested this fall, and with colder weather coming this winter, Cindy Zimmerman says those who use propane are being urged to prepare.


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Livestock Producers Invited to Sunbelt Ag Expo

Chip Blalock

Chip Blalock

The annual Sunbelt Ag Expo takes place next week at Spence Field in Moultrie, Georgia. Their Executive Director Chip Blalock says there will be a lot going on again this year with their livestock demonstrations.


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True or False

organic vegetablesEverett Griner talks about “organic”, more than where it is grown in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending October 3, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have stories concerning big news for the cotton industry, the announcement of grants for specialty crops, and talks this week between Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending October 3rd, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Beef Checkoff Group Meets with Vilsack

Forrest Roberts

Forrest Roberts

The Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group has been working together for the past couple of years to try and find ways to make the current beef checkoff program more effective and more efficient. In a teleconference this afternoon Forrest Roberts, CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, talked about a meeting they had this past week with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.


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Specialty Crop Block Grants Totaling $474,000 Awarded to 19 Recipients in Alabama

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries:

MONTGOMERY, AL – Alabama will receive almost $474,000 in funding to distribute to 19 specific project initiatives that have been approved as part of USDA’s 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) Program awards.

“We are pleased to partner with USDA and administer the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program in Alabama,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan. “We are excited about many of the 2014 projects and are encouraged that Read the rest of this entry »

Pumpkin Season

Pumpkin patchEverett Griner talks about pumpkin production still exceeding demand in today’s Agri View.


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EQIP Batching Signup Deadline Nearing in Alabama

Steve Musser

Steve Musser

Steve Musser, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, reminds producers that October 17th is the signup batching date to get funding through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program in 2015.


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New Line of Attack against WOTUS

Opponents of the proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule have opened a new avenue of attack, accusing the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers of thwarting requirements of the Administrative procedure Act.


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Best Fed

Globe on a plateEverett Griner talks about the United States still the best fed country in today’s Agri View.


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50 Years of American Wilderness

wilderness-50th-2014The Federal Wilderness Act got it’s start 50 years ago, and Cindy Zimmerman has a story on how wilderness areas in our country have grown since that time.


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More information is available at wilderness50th.org.

Concerns Continue with APHIS Proposals

Kristina Butts

Kristina Butts

At the end of August, USDA-APHIS announced a proposal to import fresh and frozen beef and live cattle from certain regions in Argentina. And Kristina Butts, Executive Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says this came on the heels of a proposal from USDA last December to allow the importation of fresh and frozen beef from Brazil.


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United States and Brazil Reach Agreement to End WTO Cotton Dispute

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 – Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced that the United States and Brazil have reached agreement to settle the longstanding Cotton dispute in the World Trade Organization (WTO). Under the terms of the agreement, Brazil will terminate the Cotton case, giving up its rights to countermeasures against U.S. trade or any further proceedings in this dispute. Brazil has also agreed not to Read the rest of this entry »

NCC Commends Resolution of Brazil WTO Dispute

From the National Cotton Council:

MEMPHIS — The National Cotton Council appreciates the U.S. government’s successful efforts to conclude the U.S.-Brazil trade dispute in the World Trade Organization through negotiation, thereby avoiding retaliation.

NCC Chairman Wally Darneille reiterated that the U.S. cotton industry has undertaken extensive efforts to Read the rest of this entry »

Endless Challenge

Ear of corn against a field under cloudsEverett Griner talks about increasing food production still challenges producers in today’s Agri View.


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Climate Smart Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman has a report today concerning climate smart agriculture.


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Peanut Crop Update

Tyron Spearman has an update on how the peanut crop looks as of this week and how harvest is progressing.


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Cotton is Not Always a Natural Choice

Mark Messura

Mark Messura

Cotton farmers work hard every year to grow a good, quality product. But according Mark Messura, Senior Vice President for Cotton Incorporated, while cotton is a natural fabric it’s not always a natural choice for some manufacturers.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Risk Management; Livestock Disaster Program Deadline

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes information on new USDA risk management programs and a reminder about an important deadline. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Alabama Celebrating 50th October Beef Month

aca-50-years-of-flavorOctober marks the 50th anniversary of one of the longest running beef promotion programs in the country, October Beef Month in Alabama. And the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association’s Erin Beasley says they are celebrating with 50 years of flavor.


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New Look and Feel for MyBeefCheckoff.com

From the Beef Checkoff:

cbb-my-beef-canThe beef checkoff launched a totally redesigned MyBeefCheckoff.com on Sept. 28, providing checkoff payers, leaders, staff and media with an easy-to-navigate selection of checkoff resources and information to highlight checkoff programs and results. Read the rest of this entry »

Name Brand

variety of grocery products - vegetables, fruits, meat, dairy, wineEverett Griner talks about how names help consumers decide on foods in today’s Agri View.


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