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Various Issues with Crops Around the Country

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

From how certain crops will fare with the new farm bill, to how some crops are even doing at this time is a story Tyron Spearman has today.


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USDA Takes Next Step to Modernize Poultry Inspection

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has sent its proposed rule to modernize the U.S. poultry inspection system to the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for review.


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“Family” Farm

Farm FamilyEverett Griner talks about the definition of the “family” farm in today’s Agri View.


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USDA Announces Results of Soy Checkoff Request for Referendum Vote

ST. LOUIS (July 15, 2014) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the results of the request for referendum on the Soybean Research and Promotion Program (soy checkoff). USDA received 355 request-for-referendum forms, of which only 324 were valid, from Farm Service Agency offices. The 355 forms represent 0.06 percent of all eligible U.S. soybean farmers. That result falls short of the 10 percent needed to prompt a referendum. Read the rest of this entry »

Southeast AgNet This Week: Comments Needed; Immigration Reform Unlikely

AgNet This Week

Producer comments are needed on the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, and immigration reform is unlikely to happen this year. These are a few of the items covered in today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Cotton Crop Faring Well

According to USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service weekly crop progress and condition report, the cotton crop across the belt is faring much better than it did at this time last year.


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Alabama’s Best Steak Contest Continues

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association wants to remind everyone that you have until August 1st to nominate your favorite steak restaurant in this year’s Alabama’s Best Steak Contest.


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That’s COOL

COOL meat counterEverett Griner talks about Country of Origin now being law in today’s Agri View.


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The Future is Bright for Agriculture

One man says the future is bright for agriculture, as Cindy Zimmerman has the story.


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Farm Bill Implementation Continues

USDA continues the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, including provisions providing new risk management options to farmers and ranchers.


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Producer Comments on Waters of the U.S. Needed

Scott George

Scott George

There was a lot in the news last week concerning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed waters of the U.S. rule. And National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Immediate Past President Scott George urges producers to comment on this rule.


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Moving Legislation Forward to Rein in EPA

A House Subcommittee approved legislation last week to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s funding by nine-percent.


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GMO Crops

Genetically Modified food (GMO foods)Everett Griner talks about GMO crops continuing to increase in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending July 11, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports regarding the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, organic processed products to Korea and how what we eat is costing us more and more.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending July 11th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Southerland Bill Prevents EPA Overregulation of America’s Waters

Steve Southerland

Steve Southerland

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II introduced bipartisan legislation today to prohibit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from expanding their regulatory authority to almost any body of water in America, including ditches, pipes, watersheds, and farmland ponds. Southerland’s bill, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (H.R. 5078), would stop this unprecedented federal power grab and uphold the balanced, federal-state partnership that has historically regulated the nation’s waters. Read the rest of this entry »

EPA Administrator Explains RFS Final Rule Delay

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said this week that the agency’s final rule on volumetric requirements for biofuels has been delayed because the Obama Administration wants to ensure the rule still encourages the increased use of biofuels over time.


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Houses Passes Bonus Depreciation Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4718, legislation that will make permanent the fifty percent bonus depreciation of new capital purchases that was created in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.


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Use Genuine Parts for Repairs and Peanuts Included in Heart Check Program

Peanut farmers are being urged to use genuine parts for when repairing equipment, as Tyron Spearman has those details along with information about how peanuts are now included in an American Heart Association program.

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Learning about Food Production

It’s important for consumers to learn about food production, as Cindy Zimmerman has the story.


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Georgia Cattlemen Searching for New EVP

Josh White

Josh White

Josh White, Executive Vice President of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and Georgia Beef Board, has announced he has accepted a position with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Denver.


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Aquatic Plant Management Society to Hold Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Aquatic Plant Management Society is coming up July 13-16 in Savannah, Georgia. This annual meeting draws scientists, educators, public officials and others interested in invasive aquatic plants, including their impact and effective management techniques. For more information visit www.apms.org.

Acreage Reporting Deadline is Tuesday

Tyron Spearman has a quick reminder about a deadline coming up next week.


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Average Eating

groceriesEverett Griner talks about it costing us more for foods in today’s Agri View.


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Providing Summertime School Lunches

Due to various efforts, school-aged children across the country are being provided summertime school meals, as Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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USDA Provides 12-Week Progress Update on Disaster Assistance

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided a 12-week progress report on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs today, announcing that USDA has processed 106,000 payments to farmers in 40 states across the country who suffered livestock and grazing losses between October 2011 and passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. Read the rest of this entry »

Opinions of Proposed WOTUS Rule Differ

More than 90 agriculture organizations have submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule.


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Immigration Reform Not Likely This Year

Dale Moore

Dale Moore

It looks like agriculture will have to go another year without comprehensive immigration reform needed to provide a steady and legal supply of migrant labor.


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Cheesy

cheeseEverett Griner talks about some statistical facts about cheese in today’s Agri View.


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Phillip Hunter Named 2014 Alabama Farmer of the Year

Phillip Hunter

Phillip Hunter

Drive through Nashville or Birmingham and see the upscale offices and residential complexes. Chances are, the trees landscaping these properties came from the farm of Phillip Hunter.

He grew up as a city boy and now lives in Birmingham. He raises shade, evergreen and ornamental trees at the Hunter Trees, LLC nursery in Talladega County.

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