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. In 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.
Producers 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.
Tyron Spearman has a story about how efforts continue to increase diversity on commodity boards.
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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.
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.
Tyron Spearman has a reminder for farmers about some important deadlines coming up this month.
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 »
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 »
While 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.
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.
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 »
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.
March is National Peanut Month, and Tyron Spearman looks at a few upcoming events involving folks in the peanut industry.
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.
Bipartisan Group Urging Passage of Trade Legislation Critical to Agriculture Economy
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.
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 »