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Southeast AgNet This Week: Program Deadlines; WOTUS Not Over

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on upcoming deadlines for farmers and an update on the Waters of the U.S. rule. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

A Better Tomato Tomorrow – part 2

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In the last of this 2 part series, Cathy Isom continues her report on the high tech research being used on a popular fruit so consumers don’t have to wait until next season.


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Alabama Cattlemen to Meet This Weekend

acaThis coming Friday and Saturday, February 20-21, the 72nd Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show will take place in Huntsville, Alabama. Dr. Billy Powell wants producers to know on-site registration for the event will be available for one or both days.


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Important Soil Health Questions

fieldMore farmers, ranchers and others who rely on the land are taking action to improve the health of their soil. Many farmers are actually building the soil by using soil health management systems that include cover crops, diverse rotations and no-till. But how do people who rent their land to farmers know if their tenants are doing everything they need to do to make and keep their soil healthy?


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Tiny Trouble

Red Imported Fire Ants

Red Imported Fire Ants


Everett Griner talks about red fire ants still a problem in today’s Agri View.


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A Better Tomato Tomorrow – part 1

tomato
Cathy Isom fills us in on how Ag Experts are hoping to change one off-season fruit from being passed up in the produce aisle.


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FSA Reminds Farmers of Upcoming Deadlines

Val Dolcini

Val Dolcini

The latest enrollment numbers involving the new Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs are not that impressive just yet, but USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini told Southeast AgNet there are dates farmers need to be aware of.


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Additional information on the new programs is available at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.

Road Safety

Big tractor on a road
Everett Griner talks about a busy time for farm vehicles in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending February 13, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about Under Secretary for USDA’s Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse being in Florida this week to talk about Trade Promotion Authority, we look at how venison is gaining popularity in retail stores, and have a story about a new high-yielding peanut seed that is coming out this year.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending February 13th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review February 13

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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, helping birds, not enough snow and Black History Month. Check out this informative video.

Pork Checkoff Updates Pork Be Inspired Website

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The Pork Checkoff has updated the Pork Be Inspired website with a new responsive design that’s easy to navigate from any device.


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Alabama NRCS Accepting CSP Applications until February 27

John Curtis

John Curtis

John Curtis, resource conservationist with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, encourages landowners interested in applying for funding through the Conservation Stewardship Program to stop by their local offices to see how CSP can benefit their operation.


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House Votes to Permanently Extend Favorable Tax Treatment of Farmers’ Capital Purchases

From the National Milk Producers Federation:

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation thanked the House of Representatives for passing legislation today, by a vote of 272-142, to permanently extend the ability of family farmers and small businesses to write off capital purchases immediately, instead of over time. The bill now faces an uncertain future in the Senate, and a possible Read the rest of this entry »

Cider Comeback

Apple gets squeezed
Everett Griner talks about cider brewing on a comeback in today’s Agri View.


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Rural Energy for America Program

Cathy Isom

Cathy Isom


Cathy Isom tells us how the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program helps the owners of an Arkansas store that was devastated by fire during a burglary in 2011.


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BQA Free Certification Period Announced

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaThanks to Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc., cattle producers can once again get BQA certified for free. In this week’s BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national Beef Quality Assurance programs, Dr. Scott King says they are sponsoring a free Beef Quality Assurance online training and certification period.


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Get to know your BQA program by visiting BQA.org

Maximize Cotton Yield Potential with Bayer CropScience

John Hand

John Hand

To help farmers control existing crop threats and get ahead of emerging ones, Bayer CropScience is constantly updating their diverse product portfolio of seeds, seed treatments, traits, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and harvest aids/PGRs. And when it comes to cotton their Southeast District Sales Manager, John Hand, has some examples.


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Since my interview with John Hand, Velum Total has received full registration and will be available for Southeast growers for the 2015 season. See the news release below: Read the rest of this entry »

Insects and Disease

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Everett Griner talks about people as well as plants affected by insects in today’s Agri View.


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The New Lean, Healthy Meat

freshly roasted venison

freshly roasted venison


Cathy Isom fills us in about the new lean protein Venison – gaining popularity in retail stores and why it’s so healthy for you to eat!


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Hoping for Permanency in Section 179 Expensing

Kent Bacus

Kent Bacus

Tax issues are just one of the many things the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association continues to keep an eye on in Washington, D.C. And Kent Bacus, associate director of legislative affairs for NCBA, says they are hoping see Section 179 Expensing become a permanent thing.


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Alabama Agriculture & Forestry Steering Committee Presents Strategic Plan

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries:

MONTGOMERY, Alabama. . . Members of the Steering Committee for the Alabama Agriculture & Forestry Strategic Plan Tuesday presented to Governor Robert Bentley their report calling for a more cooperative relationship between business and government that, if enacted, would Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Conducting Major Survey of Organic Producers

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

If you are an organic farmer, Gary Crawford reports you probably have already received a big survey form from the Agriculture Department.


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Profitability?

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Everett Griner talks about agriculture profitability…and who cares in today’s Agri View.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: TPA Discussion; Benefiting from USDA

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report from a roundtable discussion on Trade Promotion Authority and a success story about an Alabama farmer who has worked with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

“Tanks of Thanks” for Someone Going the Extra Mile

cenex_logotanks_of_thanks_heroCenex, the CHS Energy Brand, is rewarding 10 people who did good deeds for their communities, by giving them free fuel for a year. It’s part of their Tanks of Thanks program. Cathy Isom tells us more about the program and how to nominate someone.


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Alabama Cattlemen Invited to Annual Convention

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell

The annual Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show is just a little over a week away, and Dr. Billy Powell hopes producers from across the state will join them as a variety of topics will be discussed.


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The 2015 Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show will be February 20-21 in Huntsville. To learn more go to www.bamabeef.org.

Small Percentage of Farmers Have Made the ARC vs PLC Decision

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

At this point only a small percentage of farmers have gone through the complete process of signing up for the new farm risk management programs. Gary Crawford has more.


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Farming Diversity

Tractor Plowing
Everett Griner talks about really knowing who the farmer is in today’s Agri View.


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USFRA Looks to Storytelling to Educate Consumers

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The United States Farmers and Ranchers Alliance says storytelling is often the best way for farmers in This Land of Ours to engage in conversations with consumers about how they produce their food. With most Americans living miles from where their food is produced – and generations removed from the farm – telling the story of where our food comes from is not only important – it’s vital. Cathy Isom checks into some of the different ways the USFRA is getting their message out.


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