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AgNet Media, Inc. Principals Now Sole Owners of AgNet West

(Fresno, California/Ocala, Florida) – AgNet West Radio Network is pleased to announce its entire business operations have been fully acquired and will be merged into AgNet Media, Inc., which includes a group of farm media properties solely owned and operated by Gary Cooper and Robin Loftin. Both Loftin and Cooper were instrumental in launching AgNet West in California in 2012, and Cooper has been the network’s General Manager since its inception in 2012.

AgNet West remains the most localized, relevant and targeted farm radio network in California, the nation’s top farm state. All AgNet West broadcasts, under the direction and guidance of Farm News Director Sabrina Hill, will continue to originate from Fresno County, the nation’s No. 1 agriculture-producing county. Hill has a distinguished career in radio and television news reporting in central California. She has been with AgNet West since 2012 and was named its news director early in 2013.

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Sorghum Rebound

Does sorghum have anything to do with ethanol? Everett Griner tells us if it does or not.


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Ag in Review for the Week ending December 13, 2013

A highlight of agricultural news for this week from around the Southeast.

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House Approves Short-Term Farm Bill Extension – Senate Will Not

The House easily passed a one-month extension of the expired 2008 Farm Bill, but the Senate is not expected to follow suit.


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House Approves Budget Outline

The U.S. House approved a two-year budget outline that does include some changes in agriculture spending.


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Partnership will Advance Commercial Potential of Cellulosic Nanomaterial

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and the U.S. Forest Service are partnering to rapidly advance the development of the first U.S. commercial facility producing cellulosic nanomaterial.


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Odds on Getting a Farm Bill by Year’s End

Secretary of Agriculture Tom VilsackAg Secretary Tom Vilsack says despite best efforts by the farm bill conference committee, it is fairly obvious that a new farm bill will not be in place by year’s end.


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Special Crops

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Today Everett Griner tells us how more and more producers are concentrating on just one crop.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending December 6, 2013

A highlight of agricultural news for this week from around the Southeast.

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House Ag Chair Backs Calls for a Statewide Approach to Water

From: The News Service of Florida

The House isn’t ready to write a check for the Senate’s ambitious $220 million plan intended to help clean and redirect the flow of water from Lake Okeechobee south through the Everglades. Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-Lehigh Acres, said Wednesday the state needs Read the rest of this entry »

Farm Bill Negotiators Claim Progress as Deadline Looms

Top House and Senate farm bill negotiators emerged from their latest bargaining session on Wednesday only to repeat that progress is continuing to be made. But as the clock ticks down, at least one of the principle negotiators is less than confident.


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Farmers Head to Washington, D.C., to Defend Ethanol at EPA Hearing

From The National Corn Growers Association:

WASHINGTON (Dec. 4, 2013) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut the amount of corn ethanol required under the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard by 10 percent will affect corn prices and rural economies, farmers plan to tell the agency at a hearing set for Thursday outside the nation’s capital.
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Congressman Thanks Farmers for their Efforts and Patience

Florida Congressman Steve SoutherlandOn this day of Thanksgiving, Congressman Steve Southerland from Florida takes a moment to thank those who rarely get the recognition they so rightly deserve, our farmers.


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Farm Bill Debate Reveals its Complexity and Scope

Roger Johnson with the National Farmers Union says one good thing that has hopefully come out of the prolonged farm bill debate is the opportunity to educate the public on the wide scope and areas that it covers.


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Reduced RFS Could Create Intolerable Uncertainty for Advanced Biofuels

Brent Erickson with the Biotechnology Industry Organization says the proposed reduction in the Renewable Fuel Standard could have huge impact on the emerging industry of advanced biofuels.


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Share the Road

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Everett Griner tells us how farm safety on the highways is being promoted.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending November 22, 2013

A highlight of agricultural news for this week from around the Southeast.

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Climate Questions

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Everett Griner studies the climate and how science is nowhere near in agreement.


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RFS Reduction Draws Differing Reactions from Ag Groups

EPA’s decision to reduce the fuel mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has many related to the biofuels industry frustrated. However, a coalition of livestock and poultry groups have applauded the action.


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Boosting the Biofuels Sector Beyond the RFS

Despite the concern from those connected with the renewable fuels industry regarding the announcement of a proposed reduction in the renewable fuels mandate, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says there are also some encouraging statements in that same EPA announcement.


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RFS Proposal Creates Concerns Regarding Future of Advanced Biofuels

The newly proposed Renewable Fuels Standard volumes for 2014 would put cellulosic biofuel at 17-million gallons and advanced biofuel at 2.2-billion gallons.


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Ag in Review for the Week of November 15, 2013

A highlight of agricultural news for this week from around the Southeast.

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on EPA 2014 Volume Standards

WASHINGTON, November 15, 2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today made the following statements on EPA’s proposal of 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards:

“The Obama Administration remains committed to the production of clean, renewable energy from homegrown sources, and to the businesses that are hard at work to create the next generation of biofuels.

It’s important to take a long-term approach to the RFS. Clearly, as Governor of Iowa and as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, my support for the RFS has been steady and strong. But I also believe that Read the rest of this entry »

EPA Ethanol Proposal Will Devastate Farmers, Rural Economy

From the National Corn Growers Association:

ST. LOUIS (November 15, 2013) – The National Corn Growers Association expressed outrage today in the wake of an announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that will significantly weaken the Renewable Fuel Standard by reducing the volumes for corn-based ethanol for 2014.

“This recommendation is ill-advised and should be condemned by all consumers because it is damaging to our tenuous economy and short-sighted regarding the nation’s energy future,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “Agriculture has been a bright spot in a failing U.S. economy, but current corn prices Read the rest of this entry »

EPA’s RFS Proposal Goes Backward on Biodiesel

From The American Soybean Association:

ST. LOUIS (November 15, 2013) – In response to a Proposed Rule for the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard Required Volume Obligations (RVO) issued today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Soybean Association expressed concern that the biomass-based diesel levels for 2014 and 2015 would be reduced below the amount actually produced in 2013. The rule, which establishes the amount of biofuels that obligated parties must utilize for 2014 and the amount of biomass-based diesel for 2014 and 2015, proposes Read the rest of this entry »

Under Secretary Elisabeth Hagen departs from USDA

WASHINGTON, November 15, 2013 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Agriculture Under Secretary Elisabeth Hagen today made the following statements on Under Secretary Hagen’s departure from USDA:

Statement from Under Secretary Hagen

“Today I am announcing that I will be embarking in mid-December on a new challenge in the private sector. I am grateful to Secretary Vilsack for the opportunity to serve as Under Secretary for Food Safety and be part of his leadership team. I also Read the rest of this entry »

Conference Member Believes 2013 Farm Bill Could be Last for Decades

It is no secret that passing a new farm bill has been a struggle for the past couple of years, and farm bill conference committee member, Mike Rogers from Alabama believes it is important to get this year’s farm bill right, saying it could be the last one that passes for decades.


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New YouTube Channel Features Ag Safety Videos

There is a new YouTube channel dedicated to providing agricultural safety videos.


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Alabama NRCS Focusing on Energy Conservation for Poultry Producers

John CurtisThe Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama is holding a batching date for EQIP and CSP on November 15, 2013. And John Curtis, Alabama NRCS resource conservationist, says that several initiatives fall under these programs, including energy conservation.


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Uncertain Future

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Everett Griner tells us how the population growth is challenging farming.


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