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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Operation Outdoor Freedom 2014

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Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about “Operation Outdoor Freedom,” celebrating its third year of events.


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

GMO Crops

Genetically Modified food (GMO foods)Everett Griner talks about GMO crops continuing to increase in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending July 11, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports regarding the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, organic processed products to Korea and how what we eat is costing us more and more.

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Southerland Bill Prevents EPA Overregulation of America’s Waters

Steve Southerland

Steve Southerland

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II introduced bipartisan legislation today to prohibit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from expanding their regulatory authority to almost any body of water in America, including ditches, pipes, watersheds, and farmland ponds. Southerland’s bill, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (H.R. 5078), would stop this unprecedented federal power grab and uphold the balanced, federal-state partnership that has historically regulated the nation’s waters. Read the rest of this entry »

UF/P.I.E. Center Steps Up Its Efforts for Agriculture

UF Ag Communications Professor Rick Telg

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Research, Outreach, Education, and much more is wrapped up in the efforts of the UF P.I.E. Center. UF Ag Communications Professor Rick Telg now heads up the Center for Public Issues Education in UF’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. If you’re involved in Florida agriculture you should be aware of what this important program does, and here’s your chance to hear the details. We caught up with Telg at the recent Florida FFA annual convention in Orlando.


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FDACS Ag Law Enforcement At FL FFA Mtg

Lt. Lachrisha Gwinn of FDACS Ag Law Enforcement Division

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As Lt. Lachrisha Gwinn of FDACS Ag Law Enforcement Division Explains, there was good reason for her team to appear at the Florida FFA Convention and Expo this year. In this feature post, she explains the actions of her Department and the connection to the FFA.


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EPA Administrator Explains RFS Final Rule Delay

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said this week that the agency’s final rule on volumetric requirements for biofuels has been delayed because the Obama Administration wants to ensure the rule still encourages the increased use of biofuels over time.


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Houses Passes Bonus Depreciation Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4718, legislation that will make permanent the fifty percent bonus depreciation of new capital purchases that was created in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.


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Use Genuine Parts for Repairs and Peanuts Included in Heart Check Program

Peanut farmers are being urged to use genuine parts for when repairing equipment, as Tyron Spearman has those details along with information about how peanuts are now included in an American Heart Association program.

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Acreage Reporting Deadline is Tuesday

Tyron Spearman has a quick reminder about a deadline coming up next week.


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Seeking Nominations for Peanut Standards Board

The deadline to submit nominations to serve on the Peanut Standards Board is nearing. Tyron Spearman has the story.


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USDA Provides 12-Week Progress Update on Disaster Assistance

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided a 12-week progress report on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs today, announcing that USDA has processed 106,000 payments to farmers in 40 states across the country who suffered livestock and grazing losses between October 2011 and passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. Read the rest of this entry »

Ag Exports are Up

The latest numbers show U.S. agricultural exports are up, as Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Philip Grimes Named 2014 Georgia Farmer of the Year

Philip Grimes

Philip Grimes

A meticulous, high-yield crop farmer, Philip Grimes of Tifton, Ga., is admired as one of the best farmers in South Georgia. He has been recognized on the state level for producing high peanut yields for more than 20 consecutive years. A conservation farmer, he uses cover crops and has installed grassed waterways, terraces, and ponds on his land.

A farmer for 37 years, Grimes operates 2,210 acres of which 1,150 acres are rented and 1,060 acres are owned. Peanuts and cotton are his main crops. He also grows cantaloupes, broccoli, snap beans and corn. He plants about 50 acres specifically to benefit wildlife and he has about 475 acres of timber. Read the rest of this entry »

Getting GMO Questions Answered

Today, Cindy Zimmerman has information on where you can go to get your GMO questions answered.


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Peanut Hall of Fame Inductees

A couple of folks were recently added to the Peanut Hall of Fame, as Tyron Spearman has the story.


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Georgia Cotton Crop Doing Well

ga-cotton-commission-logoUSDA’s weekly crop progress report is showing Georgia’s cotton crop is doing well at this time, something Georgia Cotton Commission’s Richey Seaton hopes can continue through the growing season.


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Worm Alert

Tyron Spearman has a quick note for peanut growers to check your fields for worms.


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International Peanut Genome Initiative

Scientists from many different countries have been working on the “International Peanut Genome Initiative”, as Tyron Spearman has an update on that project.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Waters of the U.S. and COOL Updates

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes the latest news on the Waters of the U.S. proposed rule and Counry of Origin Labeling. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

EPA Administrator Discusses Waters of the U.S.

Gina McCarthy

Gina McCarthy

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy held a press call this morning to preview her trip to Missouri this week to meet with farmers, stakeholders and agribusiness leaders to discuss Waters of the U.S. The proposed rule, which is designed to clarify and protect our nation’s waters under the Clean Water Act, has been questioned by many in agriculture. She explains in her talk why they are moving forward with the rule.


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Cotton Progress Coming Along

Brad Rippey

Brad Rippey

Looking at the latest crop conditions report, USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says the cotton crop is doing slightly better this week.


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Farmers Invited to Sunbelt Field Day

sunbeltThe annual Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day will take place this Thursday, and Tyron Spearman reports that farmers from across the Southeast are invited to attend.


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The Big Ones

tractorEverett Griner talks about farm equipment becoming larger and larger in today’s Agri View.


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Learning about the Roundup Ready Xtend Platform

roundup-ready-xtend-crop-syThe Roundup Ready Xtend Platform is being discussed at various Asgrow, DEKALB and Delta Pine field days here in the Southeast. Technical Agronomist Nick Chammoun says their goal is to provide growers with another option to combat glyphosate-resistant pigweed.


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To learn more go to www.aganytime.com.

Florida Commisioner’s Spotlight: New EPA Water Rule

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Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about concerns regarding new EPA regulations that would give the federal government control over nearly every body of water in the US.


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

Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day is Thursday

Michael Chafin

Michael Chafin

Michael Chafin with the Sunbelt Ag Expo wants to remind everyone their annual Field Day will be held this Thursday.


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Peanut Researchers to Meet this Week

Peanut researchers are set to meet this week as Tyron Spearman has the details.


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New Technology

unmanned droneEverett Griner talks about the time to start learning about drones in today’s Agri View.


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Decline in Peanut Usage

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The latest numbers show there was a decline in peanut usage and Tyron Spearman has the details.


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