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Planting Intentions Report Has Cotton Acres Lower in 2015

Angie Considine

Angie Considine


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The 2015 USDA Planting Intentions Report was released today. In Georgia, acreage is expected to total 1.10 million acres, down from 1.38 million acres last year. In Alabama, growers intend to plant 300,000 acres, down 50,000 acres from last year. Florida growers expect to plant 90,000 acres, down 17,000 acres from 2014.

Angie Considine with the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service gives the report.


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Crop Rotation

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Everett Griner talks about crop rotation getting some attention in today’s Agri View.


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Proposed USDA Budget Cuts

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Tom Vilsack

There’s been a certain amount of talk about the fact cuts need to be made in USDA’s proposed FY16 budget. And Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack talks about the areas where some of those cuts could come from.


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Farmers’ Deadlines Moved Back One Week

Val Dolcini

Val Dolcini

Farmers are being reminded the deadline to update their yield history or reallocate base acres is now Tuesday, April 7. That is also the same day farmers need to have their choice made between the Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs. USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini explains the difference between the two.


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For more information, go to www.fsa.usda.gov.

National Peanut Board Holding Quarterly Meeting

The National Peanut Board is holding a quarterly board meeting today as Tyron Spearman has the details.


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USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Lawmakers Still Discussing Wild Hogs

Bryan Tolar

Bryan Tolar

We are down to the final few days in the 2015 Georgia Legislative Session, and according to Georgia Agribusiness Council’s Bryan Tolar, the issue of wild hogs in the state is one discussion catching the attention of many lawmakers.


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Secretary Vilsack Appoints Peanut Standards Board Members

From the Georgia Peanut Commission:

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack appointed three producers and four industry representatives to serve on the Peanut Standards Board. Six members will serve on the board through June 30, 2017. A seventh member will fill a current vacancy through June, 2015.

The Peanut Standards Board is made up of 18 members representing the Southeast Region, which covers Alabama, Georgia and Florida; Read the rest of this entry »

Peanut Usage Climbing

The latest numbers indicate that peanut usage is still climbing. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Discussing Big Data for Agriculture

Picture courtesy of AgWired

Picture courtesy of AgWired

A panel discussion was held during a breakfast last week by the National Wheat Foundation and National Association of Wheat Growers for Ag Day in Washington D.C. According to a story from AgWired, topics such as biotechnology, sustainability, and research were discussed. One of the participants was Matt Erickson, chief economist for the Senate Agriculture Committee, who talked about Big Data and agriculture.


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Ship Date Set for 2015 Vidalia Onion Season

From the Georgia Department of Agriculture:

vidalia-onionsFollowing the recommendation of the Vidalia Onion Advisory Panel, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black has announced April 27 as the official shipping date for the 2015 Vidalia® onion marketing season. The 16-grower panel made the recommendation to the Commissioner during a meeting held at the Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center in Lyons, Ga.

“The meeting was very productive,” said Bo Herndon of Herndon Farms and Read the rest of this entry »

Boiled Peanuts

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Everett Griner talks about a Southern tradition is gaining ground in today’s Agri View.


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Florida Senators Push for More Money for Land Buying

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM TURNER

news service florida logoTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 25, 2015………. Several senators want their chamber to float more than a proposed $2 million for land purchases in the Florida Forever program, after voters last year overwhelmingly backed an increase in money for conservation efforts.

But for now, those lawmakers will wait to see if the amount can be increased during upcoming budget talks with the House — talks that Read the rest of this entry »

NCGA Urges Congress to Pass the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

From the National Corn Growers Association:

The National Corn Growers Association applauded the introduction today of legislation to create a national, science-based labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified organisms and urged Congress to quickly pass the bill.

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), will ensure that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration remains the authority on Read the rest of this entry »

ASTA Supports Proposed Resolution to Patchwork of State Labeling Regulations

March 25: American Seed Trade Association President & CEO Andrew W. LaVigne released the following statement on the introduction of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act:

“The American Seed Trade Association is pleased the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act establishes uniform rules and a national certification program for foods that have been produced with Read the rest of this entry »

Optimistic with New Peanut Research

Tyron Spearman reports today that there is optimism concerning peanut research efforts.


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Eat Your Veggies

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Everett Griner talks about how fruit and vegetable consumption is varying in today’s Agri View.


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Florida Senate Adopts Parts of House Water Policy

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM TURNER

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 24, 2015………. The House’s business-friendly approach to protecting Lake Okeechobee has been added to the Senate’s plan for new water policies for the state.

The Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved changes to its Read the rest of this entry »

Southeast AgNet This Week: Peanut Referendum; Water Survey Results

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes information on the Georgia Peanut Commission referendum and results from a University of Florida water issues survey. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

New American Peanut Sheller’s Hall of Fame Inductee

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The American Peanut Sheller’s Association has given its highest honor, by naming a Georgia man to their Hall of Fame. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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USDA Implements 2014 Farm Bill Provision to Limit Payments to Non-Farmers

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a proposed rule to limit farm payments to non-farmers, consistent with requirements Congress mandated in the 2014 Farm Bill. The proposed rule limits farm payments to individuals who may be Read the rest of this entry »

Ag Producer Confidence Reaches All-Time Low

From DTN:

OMAHA, Neb. (March 23, 2015) – Crop and livestock producers’ confidence about the direction of the agriculture economy has reached a historic low, according to the latest DTN/The Progressive Farmer Agriculture Confidence Index (ACI).

Since the last ACI survey in December, producer confidence has shifted from an optimistic rating of 103.4 to a pessimistic level of Read the rest of this entry »

Skilled Operators

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Everett Griner talks about how crop dusting is essential to farming in today’s Agri View.


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Florida NRCS Office in Santa Rosa County Moves

USDAUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service field office in Santa Rosa County, Fla., has moved. District Conservationist Trent Mathews hopes producers will stop by their new office during an open house event coming up April 14.


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Alabama Landowners Invited to Stop by Local NRCS Office

Dr. William Puckett

Dr. William Puckett

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama continues to work with landowners across the state in implementing programs through the 2014 Farm Bill. State Conservationist Dr. William Puckett invites producers to stop by their local NRCS office to see what is available.


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Georgia Peanut Commission Holding Referendum

gpcGeorgia Peanut Commission’s Don Koehler reminds producers about the referendum underway through April 15, which gives them an opportunity to vote on reaffirming the commission.


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Peanut Proud Festival is Saturday

The annual Peanut Proud Festival will be held this coming Saturday and Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending March 20, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we celebrated National Agriculture Day this past Wednesday and talked about the latest data helping shine some light on the question, “What is a family farm”. We also looked at how the latest cases of Avian Influenza serve as reminders of the importance of bio-security practices on poultry farms, and how many peanut farmers are hoping to see some new contracts soon.

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Alabama Legislators Wrap Up Week Three

aac-logoWeek three of the Alabama Legislative session took place this past week. Leigha Cauthen, executive director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council, looks at what transpired during the session and why things will be quiet next week.


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Long-Time FSIS Employee Retiring

Tyron Spearman has information about the retirement of a long-time Federal-State Inspection Service (FSIS) employee.


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