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Florida PSC Approves Utilities’ Demand Side Management Plans

From the Florida Public Service Commission:

TALLAHASSEE — Emphasizing the value of energy efficiency, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved program plans for Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), Duke Energy Florida, Inc. (DEF), Tampa Electric Company (TECO), Gulf Power Company (Gulf), and Florida Public Utilities Company (FPUC) that comply with the Commission’s conservation goals set last year.

The Demand Side Management (DSM) plans proposed by the utilities meet and/or exceed the PSC-established conservation goals for summer and winter demand and annual energy sales for Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending July 17, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we get the forecast for U.S. cotton production, look at energy prices and what farmers might expect in the future, how careers in agriculture are expanding and more.

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Lower Gas and Oil Prices Helping Farmers

Rayola Dougher

Rayola Dougher

Farmers would love to know what they can expect from energy prices in the future and how policy will impact their savings opportunities. Technological innovations in the oil and natural gas industry have allowed cheaper, more plentiful energy across the country. And Rayola Dougher, senior economic advisor at the American Petroleum Institute, says we’ve been a Read the rest of this entry »

Sports Drink – Part 2

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In part 2 of her series, Cathy Isom tells us why it’s important to check nutrition facts before consuming that’s sports drink.


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Sports Drink – Part 1

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Cathy Isom tells you what you should know about that sports drink and if it’s really right for you.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: FFA Helps Careers; USDA Program Signup

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a discussion about how Future Farmers of America and ag education is furthering careers and a report informing dairy producers they can now enroll in USDA’s Margin Protection Program. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Congress Urged to Reject any Repeal or Reform to RFS

This week a couple of letters has been sent to Congress urging members to reject any proposal that would repeal or reform the Renewable Fuel Standard.


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The Morrill Act: 153 Years of Innovations for American Agriculture

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

Justin Smith Morrill served as a Vermont Representative and Senator from 1855-1898. He is best known for authoring the Morrill Act in 1862, which created the land-grant university system, and the Second Morrill Act in 1894, which expanded the system to include historically black colleges and universities. (Historical photo)

Justin Smith Morrill served as a Vermont Representative and Senator from 1855-1898. He is best known for authoring the Morrill Act in 1862, which created the land-grant university system, and the Second Morrill Act in 1894, which expanded the system to include historically black colleges and universities. (Historical photo)

July in America. It is summer time and school’s out. It is about vacations and maybe a trip to the beach. It is Independence Day—the 4th of July—and parades and fireworks. It is about barbecues, hotdogs, and burgers.

2015 marks America’s 239th birthday.

July is also the month for another important birthday in America—passage of the Morrill Act on July 2, 1862, which established the land-grant university system, ensuring access to education for all people.

One hundred and fifty-three years later, this tradition continues across America through the network of 112 land-grant universities, which collectively educate the next generation of agricultural professionals and scientists and are helping find solutions to today’s most pressing challenges.

Land-grant universities are leading the way to ensure the growing population has access to nutritious food in the context of changing climate and the extreme weather events, diminishing land and water resources, and the need for Read the rest of this entry »

FFA and Ag Education Furthering Careers

ffa-logoIn regard to the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and ag education in general, they are pivotal in their relationship to career technical education. That’s according to Sherene Donaldson, National FFA Organization executive secretary with the U.S. Department of Education.


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A/C Help-Part 2

A basement ceiling in a new construction showing the heat/air duct work attached to the framework with PVC pipes in the background.

Today Cathy Isom has some ways to prepare the outside of your home to help keep things much cooler on the inside this summer.


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A/C Help-Part 1

Air conditioning master preparing to install new air conditioner. drilling the wall.

In the first part of this series, Cathy Isom lets you know what you can do to keep your home cooler and that energy bill lower during the hottest days of summer.


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Comment Period Opens – Tell EPA the RFS Works

With the opening of the public comment period regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut corn ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard by nearly 4 billion gallons, the National Corn Growers Association urges farmers and their family and friends to email their opposition to this proposal as soon as possible, before the July 27 deadline.


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