GAINESVILLE, FL., Jan.21, 2014–The 2008 Farm Bill was recently granted a short extension by Congress. This extension allows the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida to give farmers and ranchers an additional opportunity to improve water and air quality, build healthier soil, improve forest lands, conserve energy, enhance organic operations, and achieve other environmental benefits.
In the ongoing search for viable crops to be grown for fuel, Ramon Leon with the University of Florida’s West Florida Research Center, says among the factors to be considered when researching a feedstock, is whether the crop will make sense in a farmer’s established rotation.
The fiscal year 2014 omnibus spending package continues major nutrition programs, includes a key policy on overseas food aid, funding for USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service, and boosts rural development.
As the American Farm Bureau Convention wraps up in San Antonio, Texas, voting delegates have been busy adopting policy for the year 2014. Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick gives insight on the purpose and on some of the key policies most important to Florida.
On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks about his energy proposals for the 2014 Legislative Session, which include a substantial cut on the tax businesses pay for energy … and a tax holiday weekend for energy efficient appliances.
On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks about the MyFloridaHomeEnergy.com website where homeowners can use a helpful interactive tool to analyze their current energy use and identify energy-efficient products and services that will potentially reduce their energy use, along with their utility bills.
AgNet Media is happy to let our audience know that Everett Griner, host of Southeast AgNet’s popular “Agri-View” daily commentary, is back home and recovering now after a mild heart attack last week at his home in Moultrie, Georgia. Everett is fondly known among AgNet team members as the Granddaddy of Southeast AgNet. He hosted AgNet founder and president Gary Cooper to his farm’s barn loft studios way back in the late 1970’s when Cooper was fresh out of college, to discuss and introduce him to the concept of commercial farm broadcasting. A few years later, in the mid 1980’s, Griner joined Cooper’s new farm radio network venture and has been farm broadcasting on Southeast AgNet airwaves ever since.
On a related note, click here to read an article Everett recently authored for his hometown’s Moultrie Magazine. It has some interesting historical perspective about Everett and his years of service in the various arms of the military, during two different major wars in American history. Other than his military years, Everett has spent most of his professional life in radio, and more specifically, connected to farm broadcasting.
(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.
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 »
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.
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. Read the rest of this entry »
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.