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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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Alabama NRCS Accepting EQIP and CSP Applications

John CurtisJohn Curtis with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama wants to remind producers of the November 15, 2013 batching date for 2014 funding for EQIP and CSP.


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Ag in Review for the Week of November 1, 2013

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

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First Farm Bill Conference in the Books

Debbie StabenowWell many of the stark differences between the House and Senate versions of the farm bill were laid out during the first farm bill conference meeting on Wednesday, but Senate Ag committee chair Debbie Stabenow notes that no matter how large the challenge, farmers and ranchers are counting on their representatives to finally get the farm bill completed.


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Danger Zone

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Agriculture is still number 2 on the Most Dangerous Jobs list. Everett Griner explains why.


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Opening Statement of Chairman Frank Lucas for House-Senate Conference Committee on Farm Bill

Good afternoon, and welcome to the first meeting of the House-Senate Conference Committee charged with negotiating a compromise between the House and Senate-passed farm bills. Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending October 25, 2013

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

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A Lot of Issues to Address in a Short Amount of Time

Agriculture Secretary Tom VilsackU.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says this is critical time for rural America, as Congress has a lot of very important work that needs to be done in the next couple of months.


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Good Crop Outlook

A big corn crop will now lower the prices for consumers. Everett Griner tells us why.


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Water Problems

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Everett Griner explains how conservation is a current challenge for everyone.


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Farm Bill Conference Could Start Next Week

The leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have made plans for the farm bill conference.


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Busy First Day at Sunbelt Ag Expo

Chip Blalock, Adam Putnam, John HoblickIt’s been a day full of events thus far as the annual Sunbelt Ag Expo is underway in Moultrie, Georgia. One of those events involved many folks from Florida, this year’s spotlight state. Read the rest of this entry »

Putnam Pitches Cutting Energy Taxes for Businesses, Shoppers

The Capital, Tallahassee – By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida -
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam wants an annual sales-tax holiday on energy-saving appliances similar to the back-to-school tax holiday.
And he said the sales tax on energy used by businesses needs to be trimmed, with the remaining revenue redirected for school construction and maintenance.
The two proposals were among several Putnam announced Monday for the 2014 legislative session during an appearance at the start of the two-day Florida Energy Summit in Orlando. Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending October 11, 2013

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

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Then and Now

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Everett Griner reminds us about changes that have taken place in farming over the years, and gives us all something to think about.


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Agricultural Issues Taking a Backseat to Shutdown

With congressional leadership preoccupied over the budget impasse, little political willpower remains for addressing other issues, including the farm bill and immigration reform.


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Senate Reappoints Farm Bill Conferees

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has named conferees for the Farm Bill, including Saxby Chambliss of Georgia.


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One Step Towards Farm Bill, Several More to Go

The Farm Bill has officially expired and even though steps are being taken, it could be weeks before the House and Senate conference on the bill.


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Putnam Pitches Cutting Energy Taxes for Businesses, Shoppers

The News Service of Florida, By Jim Turner, The Capital, Tallahassee – Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam wants an annual sales-tax holiday on energy-saving appliances similar to the back-to-school tax holiday. And he said the sales tax on energy used by businesses needs to be trimmed, with the remaining revenue redirected for school construction and maintenance. The two proposals were among several Putnam announced Monday for the 2014 legislative session during an appearance at the start of the two-day Florida Energy Summit in Orlando. Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending September 27, 2013

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

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Still Waiting on House Request for Farm Bill Conference

Even with the expiration of the current farm bill extension looming, there is still nothing on the House’s schedule on entering negotiations with the Senate. Former Reagan USDA Secretary and D.C. Lobbyist John Block gives his take on the situation.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending September 20, 2013

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

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House Passage of Nutrition Bill Further Divides Congress

Despite passage of the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013, there is still quite a bit of tension surrounding the freestanding nutrition part of the House’s farm bill package.


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Tri-State Water War-Part Five

Wrapping up this five part series, Everett Griner looks at one question about the water, and the war going on about it.


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Tri-State Water War-Part Four

Everett Griner talks today about the highest priority for the use for the water.


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Tri-State Water War-Part Three

Chattahoochee River dispute. Everett Griner tells us about the river and what the water from it is used for.


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