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Georgia Cotton Commission at Ag Day Celebration

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton

The 2015 Ag Day Celebration is taking place today, March 10, at the Freight Depot in Atlanta. Richey Seaton with the Georgia Cotton Commission says they are there again this year along with many other representatives of agriculture from across the state.


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HM.CLAUSE Seed Co. and Parent Limagrain Executives in Gainesville to Announce Support for UF’s ‘Challenge 2050 Project’

At the press conference, UF/IFAS Sr VP for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Jack Payne (center), is flanked by Limagrain CEO Daniel Cheron (left), and HM.CLAUSE Seed Company CEO Matthew Johnston.

At the press conference, UF/IFAS Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Jack Payne (center), is flanked by Limagrain CEO Daniel Cheron (left), and HM.CLAUSE Seed Company CEO Matthew Johnston.

University of Florida (UF) leaders are hosting executives from a global seed company in Gainesville this week for a big announcement. When you consider Limagrain is the world’s fourth largest seed company overall, and its HM.CLAUSE Vegetable Seed business unit is number two in vegetable seeds, it’s a pretty big deal that the entire board of directors and executive team are in town to be a part of it. UF/IFAS Press ConferenceIn addition to touring UF’s ag research facilities this week, they are here to formally announce a unique investment and support program for the “Challenge 2050 Project” at UF/IFAS. If you’re a Florida farmer, you’ll want to Hear the informative report, and more.

Alabama NRCS Reminder on CSP Sign-up Deadline

usda-logoProducers are being reminded that the deadline for general sign-up for Conservation Stewardship Program applications is this coming Friday, March 13, so you are being urged to contact your local NRCS office.


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Efforts to Increase Diversity on Commodity Boards

Tyron Spearman has a story about how efforts continue to increase diversity on commodity boards.


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Rural and Family Lands Protection Program

Putnam

Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program.


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

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Ag in Review for the Week Ending March 6, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus which has been reported in Georgia, provide information about a couple of March deadlines, and look at how avocados are attracting attention.

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HM.CLAUSE Vegetable Seed Co. Hosts Florida Farm Tour for Journalists

(L to R) Bob Conrad (Harris Moran), Rick Roth, Carole Cuffy (HM.CLAUSE) and Ryan Roth visit while inspecting a harvested radish field at Roth Farms

(L to R) Bob Conrad (Harris Moran), Rick Roth, Carole Cuffy (HM.CLAUSE) and Ryan Roth visit while inspecting a harvested radish field at Roth Farms

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HM.CLAUSE Seed Company, and representatives of its Harris Moran brand, brought some farm journalists from the United States and France to the fields of South Florida this week to learn firsthand about some of the research and development going on in the field of new product development. The group is working its way across the state’s south end from West Palm Beach to Naples, and will wrap up its tour early next week in Gainesville with meetings and tours at University of Florida and some of its research facilities. Hear Rick’s interview and watch a short video.

Alabama Legislators Kick Off 2015 Session

aac-logoAlabama’s 2015 Legislative Session kicked off this week in Montgomery, as legislators returned to town for another year. Leigha Cauthen, executive director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council, looks at how this year’s session began.


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Farmers Encouraged to Beat March Deadlines

Tyron Spearman has a reminder for farmers about some important deadlines coming up this month.


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Water Policy Flows Easily from Florida House

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM TURNER

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 5, 2015………. A plan that would make changes to the management of the state’s natural springs and address drinking-water issues across Central Florida and the flow of pollution in and out of Lake Okeechobee was approved Thursday by the House on the third day of the legislative session.

The proposal (HB 7003), which has backing from the state’s agriculture industry and influential business groups, must still Read the rest of this entry »

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam’s Statement on the House of Representative’s Passage of Comprehensive Water Policy Bill

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today released the following statement in regards to the House of Representative’s passage of a comprehensive water policy bill, House Bill 7003.

“Florida’s most unifying feature is our water, and the House of Representatives has shown great leadership in passing a bill that will provide a comprehensive, long-term and flexible approach to protecting the Read the rest of this entry »

Florida NRCS State Technical Advisory Meeting to Discuss New Farm Bill

Russell Morgan

Russell Morgan

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist in Florida, Russell Morgan, invites producers to attend the State Technical Advisory Committee public meeting next Thursday, March 12 in Gainesville. He says discussions will include an overview of 2014 Farm Bill programs.


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Alabama NRCS Reminder that CSP Signup Deadline is March 13

Dr. William Puckett

Dr. William Puckett

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist in Alabama, Dr. William Puckett, reminds farmers, ranchers, and private forest managers the extended general sign-up deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program applications will end next Friday, March 13.


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2014 Peanut Prices

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The final numbers for prices paid for peanuts per the individual states that grew that crop in 2014 have been released. Tyron Spearman breaks it down as to who received the most, the less, along with other numbers of interest.


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U.S. Corn Projections Over the Next Ten Years

corn-fieldWhile some farmers are still considering what crops to plant on certain acreage, Gary Crawford reports that according to new USDA projections, U.S. corn acreage, prices and production may not change much over the next ten years.


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New Alabama Peanut Producers Executive Director

Caleb Bristow, left, visits APPA President Carl Sanders (picture courtesy of Alabama Farmers Federation)

Caleb Bristow, left, visits APPA President Carl Sanders (picture courtesy of Alabama Farmers Federation)

Caleb Bristow from Henry County, Alabama is the new Executive Director for the Alabama Peanut Producers Association. Tyron Spearman has more on this story.


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Lower Cotton Acreage Expected This Year

Gary Adams

Gary Adams

According to the National Cotton Council’s annual planting intentions survey, cotton producers intend to plant 9.4 million acres of cotton this spring, down 14.6 percent from last year. Dr. Gary Adams, President and CEO of the Council, looks at what they expect will replace those acres.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: PEDv in Georgia; Expanding Trade

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report on the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus found in Georgia and news about bipartisan efforts to expand trade and boost exports. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Time to Promote Peanuts

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Now that March is here, Tyron Spearman reports it’s time to promote peanuts again, and a big event is taking place today in Atlanta, Georgia.


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Florida Farm Bureau President Looks at Legislative Session

John Hoblick

John Hoblick

The 2015 Florida Legislative Session kicks off Tuesday in Tallahassee, and Gary Cooper was able to catch up with Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick as they talked about some of the issues of importance to agriculture that will be discussed during this year’s session.


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Producing and Licensing New UF/IFAS Plant Varieties

Jackie Burns

Jackie Burns

Producing and Licensing New Plant Varieties Developed by UF/IFAS Plant Breeders

By Jackie Burns,
UF/IFAS dean for research and director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station

For more than a century, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) plant breeders have released new plant varieties with superior traits such as improved disease resistance, greater yields and better flavor. The varieties developed by UF/IFAS have had tremendous economic benefit to the state of Florida and its agricultural producers. Read the rest of this entry »

More Time to Update Yield and Base Acreage

USDA announced last Friday it will extend a deadline that was originally set to be the end of February. Tyron Spearman reports farmers will have more time to update their yield history or reallocate base acres.


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Pleased that New University of Florida President Appreciates Agriculture

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

Those who attended the recent Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame ceremony were able to hear directly from the new University of Florida President who emceed the event. And according to Dr. Jack Payne, Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources at UF, it was obvious the new president appreciates agriculture.


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Alabama FFA President Looks Forward to State Convention

Will Graves

Will Graves

Last week was of course National FFA Week, a busy week for many, but Alabama State FFA Association President Will Graves says he is now looking forward to other events like their state convention.


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Looking at Possible Georgia Cotton Acreage this Year

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton with the Georgia Cotton Commission talks about cotton acreage that may be planted in Georgia this year, noting while acres may be down, there should still be a quite a bit of it across the state.


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Important Farm Bill Program Deadline Extended

cotton-rowsWhat is the new date for agricultural producers to update their base acres and yields as part of two new Farm Bill related farm programs? Rod Bain has the answer to that question.


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Various Events During National Peanut Month

March is National Peanut Month, and Tyron Spearman looks at a few upcoming events involving folks in the peanut industry.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending February 27, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about why a bipartisan group of former U.S. Agriculture Secretaries are promoting Trade Promotion Authority, how the issue of unified payment limits is presenting a problem for cotton producers, how wires have changed farm life and more.

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Secretary Vilsack and Former Agriculture Secretaries Veneman and Glickman Announce Bipartisan Efforts to Expand Trade

Bipartisan Group Urging Passage of Trade Legislation Critical to Agriculture Economy

Glickman

Glickman

Veneman

Veneman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and former U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture Ann Veneman (George W. Bush Administration) and Dan Glickman (Clinton Administration) today announced new bipartisan efforts to expand trade and boost exports. The secretaries discussed the importance of new trade partnerships that will help to expand American exports, increase wages, and help American businesses, including farms and other agriculture businesses, grow and create jobs across the country.

The past six years have been the strongest in history for agricultural trade, with U.S. agricultural product exports totaling $771.7 billion since 2009. USDA strives to create new marketing opportunities for farmers and ranchers so that they can sustain and grow their businesses and, in turn, foster economic growth in rural communities and create new jobs. Increased trade and exports will build on this success.


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USDA Provides One-Time Extension of Deadline to Update Base Acres or Yield History for ARC/PLC Programs

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended Read the rest of this entry »

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