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The Farm “Bill” is Now the Farm “Law”

With the President’s signature what was the farm “bill” is now the farm “law”. Gary Crawford has more.

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Lucas: Agricultural Act of 2014 Marks a New Era for Farm & Food Policy

WASHINGTON – Chairman Frank Lucas issued the following statement today after President Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014 into law.

“The amazing reality about farm bills is that they reflect the times in which we live. They are reviewed, written, debated, and reauthorized nearly every five years. Today our concerns are rightly placed on reducing the size and cost of the federal government. With the president signing the Agricultural Act of 2014 into law, we mark a new era of farm and food policy that values saving money, reforming or repealing government programs, and yet still providing an effective safety net for the production of our national food supply and for those Americans who are struggling.

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Agriculture Act of 2014 Signed Into Law

As expected President Obama has signed the Agriculture Act of 2014 into law, finally putting an end to the over two year farm bill drama and giving our farmers and ranchers the certainty they need.

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Statement by Secretary Vilsack on Passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2014—Secretary Vilsack made the following statement on passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014:

“Today’s action will allow the proud men and women who feed millions around the world to invest confidently in the future. Our communities will have additional support to attract new economic opportunity and create jobs. During difficult times, children, working families, seniors and people with disabilities will have access to nutritious food. The potential of Read the rest of this entry »

Statement by the President on Congressional Passage of Farm Bill

Today, in a strong bipartisan vote, the U.S. Senate came together to pass a comprehensive Farm Bill – legislation that will build on the historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, create new jobs and opportunities, and protect the most vulnerable Americans. Read the rest of this entry »

Chairman Frank Lucas on Senate Passage of Agricultural Act of 2014

WASHINGTON – Chairman Frank Lucas issued the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed the Agricultural Act of 2014.

“I am pleased the Senate passed the conference report and put us another step closer to enacting a new farm bill. I commend Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Cochran on Read the rest of this entry »

2014 Farm Bill Approved by Senate

The long awaited 2014 Farm bill has been approved by both Congressional bodies. Many, including Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss, are calling it a good compromise. But others, such as Iowa Senator Charles Grassley, are still displeased.

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Statement by AFBF President on Senate Passage of Farm Bill

Statement by Bob Stallman, President
American Farm Bureau Federation
Re: Senate Passage of Farm Bill

“The American Farm Bureau Federation commends the Senate for passing the new five-year farm bill with clear, bipartisan support. America’s farmers and ranchers are one step closer Read the rest of this entry »

That’s Corny

Corn. America’s most versatile crop. Everett Griner gets “corny” today.

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AgNet This Week: Brazilian Cotton Concerns; Omnibus Spending Bill

AgNet This Week

This week’s issue of AgNet This Week features reports on the stir caused by a recent Washington trip by a Brazilian cotton delegation, the impact the omnibus spending bill will have on the Ag sector and much more. Want to learn more about these topics? Click here to subscribe today and view the current issue.

Additional NRCS Funding Opportunity Available for Florida Farmers

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service 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.

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Increasing Crop Rotation and Grower Profitability Through Biofuel Crops

Dr. Ramon LeonIn 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.

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Omnibus Appropriations Bill Funds Several Important Agricultural Areas

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.

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Farm Bill Failure

Congress has kicked the can once again. Everett Griner talks about the Farm Bill and Congress.

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2014 Policy Decisions Being Made at American Farm Bureau Convention

FFB President John Hoblick along with other Florida delegates in session at the 2014 American Farm Bureau Convention 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.

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Time Saver

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Everett Griner takes a look at what the computer has done for farming and farmers.

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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight on Energy Proposals for 2014 Session

FL Ag Commissioner Adam PutnamOn 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.

More information is available online by clicking on Energy Legislative Proposals.

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Ag in Review for the Week ending January 10, 2014

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

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Long Ditch

The Canada to the Gulf pipeline is in question. Everett Griner fills us in.

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Oldest Occupation

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Everett Griner tells us some statistics and talks about why farmers dust do not like to give up.

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Water Questions

Everett Griner looks at a question on a lot of people’s minds…are we facing water disasters?

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Ethanol Issues Grabbing Headlines in Late 2013

Gary CrawfordThe farm bill debate has taken a second seat in some circles to another major controversy late in the year. Gary Crawford has the story.

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The Christmas Dinner

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Everett Griner talks to us today about the Christmas Dinner. Enjoy your Christmas Dinner…and, Merry Christmas!

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1Propane Farm Incentive Program Renewed for 2014

Mark LeitmanFarmers planning to purchase propane-fueled farm equipment in 2014 will again be eligible for purchase incentives thanks to the renewal of the Propane Farm Incentive Program.

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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight on Home Energy Savings

FL Ag Commissioner Adam PutnamOn this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks about the 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.

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You can follow Florida Commissioner Adam Putnam on Facebook and Twitter.

AgNet’s “Agri-View” Host, Everett Griner, 87, Recovers From Heart Attack

Southeast AgNet's Everett GrinerAgNet 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.

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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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