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AgNet This Week: Crop Reports, EPA’s Clean Water Act Proposal

AgNet This Week

This week’s issue of AgNet This Week features highlights from USDA’s planting intentions report, a look at EPA’s proposed changes to the Clean Water Act and much more. To learn more about these topics and others click here to subscribe today and view the current issue.

Peanut Butter Destroyed

Over two million dollars worth of peanut butter has been destroyed, and Tyron Spearman let’s us know where and why this happened.

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National Soyfoods Month

April is being celebrated as National Soyfoods Month.

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Peanut Contracts Pulled

After the planting intentions report was released yesterday, many peanut contracts were pulled. Tyron Spearman has the details.

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Analysis of Key Numbers in USDA’s Planting Intentions Report

DTN Senior Analyst Darin Newsom gives his assessment regarding the planting intentions report that was released by USDA on Monday.

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Farmland Coming to the Big Screen

The farm-focused, feature length documentary Farmland will be released across 60 major national markets in the U.S. starting on May 1st.

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Estimated Peanut Acreage is Up

Tyron Spearman
According to the numbers released today by USDA, peanut acreage in the U.S. this year should be up. Tyron Spearman looks at that along with figures from other field crops.

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Highlights from USDA’s Prospective Plantings Report

Farmers say they intend to cut back on corn and increase soybean acreage this spring. USDA’s Gary Crawford has the details from the National Ag Statistics Service planting intentions report.

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Cotton Intentions Up Overall, but Down for the Southeast

Angie ConsidineUSDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service released their annual planting intentions reports today, and Angie Considine with USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service in Washington D.C. said overall the cotton numbers are up this year, but the Southeast is expected to see declines.

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Elaine Turner named dean of UF’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

From The University of Florida:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida faculty member and administrator often lauded for her outstanding teaching skills has been named dean of the university’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Elaine Turner, senior associate dean for UF’s third -largest college, often known as CALS, has been interim dean of the school since early January, but becomes its dean effective April 11, said Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources.

“Dr. Turner is a person who Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending March 28, 2014

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

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University of Georgia to Hold Farm Bill Education Meetings

Georgia row crop farmers who want to know more about the new farm bill are encouraged to attend one of a series of meetings coordinated by University of Georgia agricultural economists.

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Benefits of Advancing Cotton Education Program

As a new crop season nears, cotton producers are encouraged to utilize the resources available in the National Cotton Council’s “Advancing Cotton Education” (ACE) program, as a way to enhance their crop production decisions.

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Peanut Company Sells

A peanut company which was in the news a while back recently sold, as Tyron Spearman has the details.

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USDA Video: This Week @ USDA March 28

Published on Mar 28, 2014

A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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It Could be Another Late Planting Year

USDA’s Gary Crawford looks at a spring planting that could be delayed in many parts of the country.

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UF/IFAS to Conduct National Search for Next Research Dean

Jack Payne

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will conduct a national search to find its next research dean, Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, explains.

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Home Made

Preserving home grown foods is on a comeback. Everett Griner explains.

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Five Second Rule

Scientist are mixed in validity of the five second rule.

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Enrollment Encouraged for Farm Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency recommends that farmers and ranchers who plan to participate in FSA programs register in advance. Tyron Spearman has the details.

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Will GMO Labeling Be Given A FL Legislative Platform?

Dr. Kevin Folta, Associate Professor & Interim Chair, Horticulture Sciences Dept, UF/IFASFact versus fiction often doesn’t stop emotional activists from protesting genetic modification traits in foods. Dr Kevin Folta, Interim Chair of the Horticulture Sciences Department at University of Florida is an expert on GMOs. Farmers in particular need to start learning all they can, and in this report Folta presents some facts both about GMOs themselves, and the debate starting to swirl about them.

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Research Efforts are Often Long-Term

Lee CromleyResearch is ongoing to help cotton growers address numerous production challenges. And Lee Cromley, Georgia Cotton Commission board member and grower from Bulloch County, notes that many of them are long-term.

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GMO Activists Push For FL Senate Ag Committee Agenda

Bill MontfordThe national GMO labeling debate could enter Florida legislative circles if activists pushing for a labeling law about GMO products get their way. Under pressure to put it on the Senate Agriculture Committee agenda soon during the Legislative Session now at its halfway point, Chairman Bill Montford of North Florida offers his views in an exclusive interview with Southeast AgNet this week.

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FL Legislature May Reduce Some Ag Input Taxes

Bill Montford Jim BoydComments from both sides of the aisle in this report, about a tax proposal that would ease tax pressure on farmers and ranchers with regard to the purchase of inputs, repairs and equipment needed for food and fiber production. Matt CaldwellNow at about the halfway point in the legislative session, hear Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Bill Montford, House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee Chairman Matt Caldwell, and House State Affairs Committee Chairman Jim Boyd all offer their views about the chances for this bill’s passage.

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Jefferson County Cover Crop Reminder

Livestock and natural resources agent Jed Dillard reminds growers of a Cover Crop and Soil Health Field Day in Jefferson County on April 1, 2014.

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RSVP by March 28 to Jed Dillard, office: 850-342-0187, cell: 850-445-4691.

Challenges of Finding Qualified Ag Scientists

A study released by the Coalition for a Sustainable Agriculture Workforce shows life-sciences and agricultural industry companies expect to hire more than 1,000 trained scientists through 2015 – but they have to find them first.

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Working to Better Control Spray Drift

Spray HoodSpray drift is a big concern for growers, which is why Steve Clausen President of Willmar Fabrication, says they have redesigned their broadcast spray hood to gain better drift control.

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Buying Points Getting Ready and Peanut Short Course Set

Buying Points across the peanut belt are getting prepared for the upcoming season, as Tyron Spearman has that story along with information about an upcoming short course that farmers may want to attend.

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FL Lawmakers Discuss “Springs Bill” & Water Concerns

 Bill Montford, D-Quincy  Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton About halfway through the Legislative Session, Florida Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Bill Montford, D-Quincy, reports on the “Springs” bill in the Senate, while House State Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, comments on the approach to water issues in the House of Representatives.

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Agriculture Tax Relief Still Moving in Florida Legislative Pipeline

Rep. Matt Caldwell, Chairman, House Agriculture And Natural Resources Subcommittee, FL House of RepresentativesIn this mid-session legislative report, Florida House Agriculture and Natural Resources Sub-Committee Chairman Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-Lehigh Acres, shares some thoughts on fee rollbacks and other tax issues moving in the pipeline. This report also has a reminder of rumblings about another issue potentially on Florida’s horizon.

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