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University Ag Economists Look Ahead

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Today Spearman reports on information given by a couple of University Agriculture Economists who look at how certain field crops and the livestock sector fared in 2014 and looks ahead at what we might expect this year.


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Poultry Groups Oppose OFCCP Reporting Proposal

From the National Chicken Council:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 8, 2015 – On January 2, the Joint Poultry Industry Human Resources Council filed comments opposing the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) proposal to require federal contractors to submit yet another regulatory report, the so called annual “Equal Pay Report.” The OFCCP was originally created to enforce, for the benefit of job seekers and wage earners, the contractual promise of Read the rest of this entry »

Wise Choice

Eco laboratoryEverett Griner talks about agriculture science being a solid future in today’s Agri View.


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Soils are the Backbone

As more information comes out about 2015 being the International Year of Soils, Cindy Zimmerman has a story about how soils are the backbone.


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Many Years of Believing in the Beef Checkoff

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Sean Sexton from Vero Beach, Florida says he is truly is a believer in the beef checkoff and has been ever since it started.


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Alabama Producers Reminded to Comment on EQIP Rule

Steve Musser

Steve Musser

Assistant State Conservationist for Programs with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama , Steve Musser, says the Environmental Quality Incentives Program has been their flagship program in the past few farm bills.


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2015 is International Year of Soils

Vilsack

Tom Vilsack

Tuesday marked the beginning of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s celebration of the International Year of Soils, designated by the United Nation’s General Assembly.


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Bayer CropScience Announces Guy Collins as 2015 Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year

Guy Collins, former University of Georgia Extension Cotton Agronomist and current North Carolina State University Extension Associate Professor of Cotton, accepts the 2015 Cotton Specialist of the Year award, sponsored by Bayer CropScience. Collins was congratulated by Bayer CropScience cotton leadership, from left: Monty Christian, Vice President of U.S. Cotton Operations; Steve Nichols, Head of Agronomic Services, Seeds; and Lee Rivenbark, Vice President, Seeds North America.

Guy Collins, former UGA Extension Cotton Agronomist, now with North Carolina State University Extension, accepts the 2015 Cotton Specialist of the Year award. Collins was congratulated by Bayer CropScience cotton leadership, from left: Monty Christian, Steve Nichols, and Lee Rivenbark.

From Bayer CropScience:

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (January 6, 2015) – Guy Collins, Ph.D., Extension associate professor for cotton at North Carolina State University, is the 2015 Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year. Collins received the award at the Extension Cotton Specialist dinner and banquet on Jan. 6 during the 2015 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio.

The annual award and banquet has been a featured event at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences since 1984. Extension cotton specialists who represent every cotton-producing state select a winner annually based on leadership and industry service. The award has been sponsored by Bayer CropScience since 2008. Read the rest of this entry »

Flowing Waters

brown-white cows by a blue mountain lakeEverett Griner talks about water control still stunning farmers in today’s Agri View.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Government Is Working; FSA Committees

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes reports from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Ag Calendar

There are a variety of meetings and events coming up across the Southeast and Tyron Spearman has a look at some of those in our Ag Calendar.


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USFRA Launches How-To Videos

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance has launches a new video series on how farmers and ranchers tackle big jobs. The new How To Farm series launched last week illustrates different farming practices. The educational videos, which range between two to four minutes, highlight the Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama Cattlemen Preparing for Annual Convention

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell hopes cattle producers across the state will attend the 2015 Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show which will be held February 20-21 in Huntsville, Alabama.


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Century Farms

Old tools and wheels in a barnEverett Griner talks about recognizing centennial farms in America in today’s Agri View.


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Seventy Years of Toy Tractors

ertl-toy-tractorsErtl toy tractors got their start 70 years ago, as Cindy Zimmerman has a story about the history of these well known toys.


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Blueberry Hill

a field of BlueberriesEverett Griner talks about the 2014 blueberry crop may set a record in today’s Agri View.


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USDA to Survey Farmland Owners

Shiela Corley

Shiela Corley

We told you a few days ago that USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will be surveying farmland owners to measure financial impacts and challenges of land ownership. And according to the manager of the NASS Economic and Environmental Survey Section, Shiela Corley, those surveys have been sent.


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Death Tax Is Still an Issue

Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

2014 is over, and while many discussions were had about various end-of-the-year issues those in agriculture were hoping Congress would take care of, one issue that was missing this year compared to the past was the death tax. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall is glad it’s an issue we did not have to deal with at the end of the year, but it is still an issue.


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USDA Extends Public Comment Period for CSP Interim Rule

usda-logoUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has extended the public comment period on the Conservation Stewardship Program interim rule to January 20, 2015. In a news release, NRCS Chief Jason Weller said “This extension will provide stakeholders with additional time to comment on the CSP interim rule. At nearly 70 million acres, CSP is the Read the rest of this entry »

Back When??

slavesEverett Griner talks about the history of early agriculture in today’s Agri View.


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Vilsack Says Government Is Working

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

In a press conference held just a few weeks ago, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack took time to discuss something that has concerned him that he feels very strongly about.


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FSA County Committees are Important

Val Dolcini

Val Dolcini

The recent election of agricultural producers to serve on Farm Service Agency county committees was important to all farmers and ranchers, whether they have a large or small operation. FSA Administrator Val Dolcini says each year every eligible ag producer is encouraged to participate in these elections because FSA county committees are a link between local ag communities and USDA.


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Hired Hands

migrant farm workers in agricultural field pickingEverett Griner talks about migrant farmworker complaints continuing in today’s Agri View.


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Study Predicts No Farmers and Ranchers Under 35 by 2033

As long-time farmers and ranchers grow older, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to pass on the family farm or find young employees to pick up the reins at large corporate ranches.


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Nuts to You

PecansEverett Griner talks about the pecan crop looking good for 2014 in today’s Agri View.


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The 2014 Farm Bill

farm-billCindy Zimmerman looks at what the 2014 Farm Bill has done for not only those in agriculture, but rural America and more.


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Educating Consumers about the Beef Industry

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Betts Berry from Chickamauga, Georgia has information about how the beef checking is working to educate consumers.


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Preparing to Tackle Various Issues in 2015

Dale Moore

Dale Moore

The American Farm Bureau plans to again tackle immigration, regulatory issues, GMO trade and other initiatives in 2015. AFBF’s Dale Moore says the big issues for agriculture have not gone away, and immigration reform is one of them.


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Tax Breaks Will Soon End

The tax break extensions for farm equipment which Congress passed before their holiday break were retroactive for 2014, and thus will end at midnight this Wednesday.


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Still Studying

Test-tubes with a plantEverett Griner talks about research! Our past and future in today’s Agri View.


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