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Expecting a Drop in Net Farm Income

A drop in net farm income is expected this year as Tyron Spearman has the details.

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The Big Issue on Citrus Growers’ Minds

Marc Wheeler

As he attends Florida Citrus Mutual’s area meetings throughout the citrus belt, Mutual President Mark Wheeler hears one big grower concern over and over.

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Agriculture Urging EPA to Ditch the Rule

As farmers and ranchers continue to closely watch the EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, American Farm Bureau chief lobbyist Dale Moore is urging them to join a grassroots effort to “Ditch the Rule”.

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High Price of Orange Juice

Allen MorrisMany consumers are concerned that orange juice prices have skyrocketed to their highest point in two years. Economist Allen Morris, vice president sales and marketing for Blue Lake Citrus Products, says there is a simple answer to the high prices, but no simple solution to it.

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USDA Video: This Week @ USDA April 18

A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read the rest of this entry »

Caution about Mixing Citrus Psyllid Products

Michael Rogers

Using some products together to control HLB-spreading psyllids can reduce the effectiveness of the control measures. University of Florida entomologist Michael Rogers tells which products don’t work well together.

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Rural Theft

With all the efforts of law enforcement, farmers are still victims of thieves. Everett Griner tells us what the biggest crime on farms is.

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Statement by Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Cooperative Extension Service

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued this statement today, after a celebration at the University of Florida in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, which created the Cooperative Extension Service: Read the rest of this entry »

Citrus Industry This Week: Bicarbonates; Root Enemies; Expo Focus

The Citrus Industry This Week masthead represents the e-newsletter being sent weekly to growers and industry

Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week includes a report on bicarbonates and HLB, information on citrus root enemies and the announcement of this year’s Citrus Expo seminar theme. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

Honey Poo Poo

Imported honey may not be 100 percent honey. Everett Griner explains.

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UF/IFAS Celebrating 100 Years of Extension

Nick University of Florida’s Dean of Extension, Dr. Nick Place, gives the details regarding their 100th Anniversary of Florida Extension celebration at the Plaza of the Americas on April 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Kubota Tractor Corporation Named ‘Dealer’s Choice’ for Second Consecutive Year

From left to right: Greg Embury, KTC senior vice president, marketing and dealer development; Masato Yoshikawa, KTC president and CEO; David Sutton, KCC president and CEO; Todd Stucke, KTC vice president, agriculture and turf division; Ted Pederson, KTC vice president, northern division and special projects. (Photo: Business Wire)TORRANCE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Kubota Tractor Corporation has received the number one rating and “Dealer’s Choice Award” among Tractor Manufacturers, according to the North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA) 2014 Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey. Read the rest of this entry »


Agriculture still leads in international trade. Everett Griner explains why.

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Multiple Enemies Harm Citrus Roots

Larry Duncan

Some old enemies join HLB in damaging citrus tree roots. University of Florida researcher Larry Duncan discusses possible ways to address burrowing nematodes and Diaprepes root weevil.

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EPA Administrator Testifies on Changes to the Clean Water Act

EPAA recent U.S. Senate hearing produced some frank talk by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on the proposed new clean water rule.

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Farm for Fun

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Everett Griner tells us how farms provide more than just food.

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Future Farmers

Krysta HardenMany are concerned about the future of farming, just who will take over this huge responsibility? USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden says there is a farm bill program that addresses this issue.

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We’re in a Race to Save Florida’s Signature Crop

Here is a statement by Florida Commissioner Adam Putnam concerning the state’s citrus industry:

FL Ag Commissioner Adam PutnamFlorida has been synonymous with citrus for centuries, but today, the industry is at a crisis point.

Due to the spread of citrus greening, production of Florida oranges is half of what it was two decades ago. At its peak, the citrus industry produced nearly 250 million boxes of oranges, but this week’s updated forecast Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Announces Release Date for the Final 2012 Census of Agriculture Report

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will publish the 2012 Census of Agriculture full report on May 2, at Noon ET. The complete data series will be available in multiple formats, including Quick Stats 2.0 – an online database to retrieve customized tables with Census data at the national, state and county levels. Read the rest of this entry »

Citrus Expo Seminars to Focus on HLB

Ray Royce

Ways to cope with greening disease, or HLB, will be the focus of Citrus Expo seminars Aug. 13-14. Citrus Expo Seminar Committee Vice-Chairman Ray Royce provides an overview.

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UF/IFAS to celebrate 100 years of Extension

This is a release from the University of Florida IFAS:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Alligators, an insect-petting zoo and lunch prepared by a former White House chef are among the highlights of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ 100th Anniversary of Florida Extension celebration at the Plaza of the Americas April 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act on May 8, 1914, creating the Cooperative Extension Service, which, Read the rest of this entry »

Deal with Bicarbonates to Help Cope with HLB

Kelly Morgan

At the recent Florida Citrus Growers’ Institute, University of Florida researcher Kelly Morgan shared suggestions for dealing with bicarbonates in order to help cope with HLB, or greening disease. He summarizes his comments in this report.

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Producers Need to be Aware of Some Tax Changes for 2014

With the tax deadline looming, most farmers are still consumed by their 2013 numbers, but there’s already a major change to think about for 2014.

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More Blueberries and Peaches being Grown in Florida

Dean Saunders

Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate President Dean Saunders discusses where they are seeing growth in Florida’s specialty crop sector.

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Citrus Industry This Week: Crop Forecast; Insecticide Exemption

The Citrus Industry This Week masthead represents the e-newsletter being sent weekly to growers and industry

Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week includes the latest citrus crop forecast from USDA, land value information and details on a new insecticide exemption. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

Putnam Action Gives Citrus More Psyllid/HLB Protection

Michael Rogers

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam this week gave citrus growers more ammunition in the fight against psyllids and the HLB they spread by declaring an exemption for an insecticide’s use on bearing trees. University of Florida entomologist Michael Rogers reports.

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Drop Continues to Plague Citrus Growers

Southeast AgNet's Ernie NeffUSDA’s National Ag Statistics Service has released their April Citrus Report. Southeast AgNet’s Ernie Neff has a brief synopsis of the lowered numbers.

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USDA Citrus Crop Forecast: Another 4 Million Box Drop in Valencia Oranges

 Max Lord, USDA Ag Statistics Service, reported the citrus crop numbers for April. The Valencia orange crop reflects a decrease of 4 million boxes, or 4 percent. Lord discussed the decline in Florida. The size and drop surveys showed that the final droppage is 31 percent this year, which is the highest of any non-hurricane, non-freeze season since the 1969-70 season. The final size is slightly above last month’s projection. It requires 240 pieces of fruit to fill a 1 3/5 bushel box and it is the second smallest fruit size in series dating back to 1960-61 surpassing only that of the 1976-77 freeze season.

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Citrus Root Systems Addressed at Institute

Citrus growers learned much about taking care of the underground portion of the tree during Tuesday’s Citrus Growers’ Institute at Avon Park.

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Update on Progress of Farm Bill Implementation

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says every USDA agency is working diligently to implement the 2014 Farm Bill’s new provisions quickly and effectively.

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