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Hormel Pleased with Skippy Purchase

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Attendees at the recent Southern Peanut Growers Conference got an update of what is happening with a well known peanut butter brand, as Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Wheat Growers Pleased with House Action on Regulatory Relief Bill

From the National Association of Wheat Growers:

Washington, D.C. – July 31, 2014 – The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) appreciates the House votes in support of H. R. 935, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act.

“The passage of HR 935 is an important step in addressing the duplicative regulation on pesticide applications,” says NAWG President, Paul Penner, a wheat farmer from Read the rest of this entry »

Soy Checkoff Produces Big ROI

In a release from the United Soybean Board, under the soy checkoff program, all U.S. soybean farmers contribute a small percentage of their gross soybean sales for research and marketing projects that maximize their profit potential. According to the results of a new, independent study, the checkoff continues to grow those small investments into big results for U.S. soybean farmers.

The results of the checkoff’s most recent regular, independent return-on-investment (ROI) analysis found that all U.S. soybean farmers receive Read the rest of this entry »

Greenhouse Gas Report to Assist Producers Facing Climate Challenges

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a report that, for the first time, provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities. The report, titled Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry: Methods for Entity-Scale Inventory, will help USDA evaluate current and future greenhouse gas conservation programs, as well as Read the rest of this entry »

Peanut Industry Negatives and Positives

One speaker at last week’s Southern Peanut Growers Conference talked about the negatives and positives in the peanut industry right now. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Florida Achievement in Agriculture Finalists Announced

From the Florida Farm Bureau Federation:

Gainesville, Fla.—Three finalists have been selected for Florida Farm Bureau’s 2014 Achievement in Agriculture Award and will compete in October for the top statewide honor.

This year’s finalists are Trevor Bass (Alachua County), Doug and DeAnne Carter (Suwannee County) and Corey Lambert (Hardee County).

The Achievement in Agriculture award recognizes members of Read the rest of this entry »

Southeast Producers Attend Peanut Conference

southernpeanutfarmersFolks from across the Southeast were in Panama City, Florida this past weekend for the annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference. And those in attendance included the Executive Directors of the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, Florida Peanut Producers Association and Georgia Peanut Commission.
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UF/IFAS Extension Youth Development Program Lead Initiative for State Day of Service

From the University of Florida IFAS:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida 4-H members are inviting their fellow 4-H members across the state to join them in a 4-H Day of Service. This project is a call to action for 4-H members to engage in service projects that tie into the elements of the 4-H pledge – Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.

On Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, 4-H members attending Florida 4-H University take part in several service projects. 4-H University attendees are 4-H members from each of the 67 counties throughout the state. There are over Read the rest of this entry »

Cotton Market Update

cotton-inc-logoWith a look at what’s happened in the cotton industry over the past week, here is a cotton market update with Cotton Incorporated’s Jon Devine.


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The information in this report is derived from public and private subscriber news sources believed to be reliable, Cotton Incorporated and the Cotton Board cannot guarantee its accuracy or completeness.

Ethanol is Lowest Cost Motor Fuel

Results from a new report show that ethanol is the lowest cost motor fuel. Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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EPA Administrator Promises to Address WOTUS Concerns

According to The National Journal, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy feels her efforts to meet with farmers and ranchers and policymakers on the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule has been worth it.


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Markets Discussed at Peanut Conference

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference took place this past weekend in Panama City, Florida, and Tyron Spearman could be found in his apron fixing grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. But he also took time out to attend the various sessions where a variety of topics were discussed, including peanut markets.


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China Discussed at Southern Peanut Growers Conference

Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

One topic during last week’s Southern Peanut Growers Conference in Panama City was China. Jeff Johnson with Birdsong Peanut Company, one of the speakers at this year’s event, talked about the issues with this country concerning peanuts and Cindy Zimmerman caught up with him afterwards.


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More Fruits, Nuts and Veggies

Production of fruits, nuts and vegetables is picking up and Cindy Zimmerman reports that’s because consumption continues to increase.


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Organic Questions

organic vegetablesEverett Griner talks about organic farming and the possibility of it being stalled in today’s Agri View.


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Three Southeast Farmers Included in “Champions of Change” for Agriculture Honor

White House and USDA to Honor “Champions of Change” for Agriculture:

On Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 at 10:00 AM ET, the White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will honor 15 local “Champions of Change,” leaders from across the country who are doing extraordinary things to build the bench for the next generation of farming and ranching. These champions are leading in their industries and communities, inspiring others who want to find careers and a life on the land, and providing food, fiber, fuel, and flora around the world.

The program will feature USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, who will discuss efforts to ensure that beginning farmers and the growing ranks of agriculture – women, young people, immigrants, socially disadvantaged producers, returning veterans and retirees – have access to the programs and support they need. The event will include a discussion about how to continue growing and supporting the next generation of America’s farmers and ranchers. Read the rest of this entry »

Growing Interest in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

There is really getting to be quite an increase in those interested in unmanned aerial vehicles. Cindy Zimmerman looks at how some in agriculture are looking at possible uses for them.


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Conservation Practices and The Waters of the U.S. Proposal

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

Why are many conservation practices listed as exempt under a proposed clarification of the Clean Water Act? Rod Bain reports.


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Fruit and Nut Production Highlights from Census of Ag

Various fruits and nuts are grown all across the country with many of them right here in the Southeast. Today Rod Bain has some of the fun facts from the recent Census of Agriculture pertaining to fruit and nut production here in the U.S.


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Good Crowd at Southern Peanut Growers Conference

southernpeanutfarmersThere is a record crowd at the 16th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference in Panama City Beach, and the mood among growers is positive. With more from the conference, here’s Cindy Zimmerman.


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Southern Peanut Growers Meeting

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The 16th Annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference kicks off today and runs through Saturday at the Edgewater Beach Resort in Panama City, Florida. Tyron Spearman has a preview of what can be found there.


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Pastures and Rangelands are in Much Better Shape

Despite a few setbacks in some areas of the country, Gary Crawford reports that U.S. pasture and rangeland conditions continue to surpass recent years.


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Southerland Fighting to Protect Agriculture

Steve Southerland

Steve Southerland

We told you last week that U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II, who serves Florida’s 2nd Congressional District, applauded the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s unanimous approval of legislation he introduced to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers from extending federal regulatory powers to almost any body of water in America. I had a chance today to talk with Rep. Southerland about H.R. 5078, “The Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act”.


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Women Becoming the Face of Agriculture

There are more and more women becoming the face of agriculture. Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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Peanut Supplies and Exports Lowered

Both peanut supply numbers and peanut export numbers have been lowered as Tyron Spearman has the details.


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The Importance of California Agriculture

Yesterday Cindy Zimmerman had a story concerning the drought in the Southwest and water loss issues in California. Today she looks at the importance of California agriculture.


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Georgia Cotton Issues Discussed on a Regular Basis

ga-cotton-commission-logoVarious things can transpire each year with any crop, including cotton. That’s why it’s important for the Georgia Cotton Commission to stay in touch on a regular basis with University of Georgia cotton specialists throughout the state.


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Peanut Crop Ahead of Schedule

Looking at this week’s USDA Crop Conditions update, Tyron Spearman reports the peanut crop is just a bit ahead of schedule compared to normal.


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Over Half of Cotton Crop in Good to Excellent Condition

Gary Crawford has a quick look at what the latest USDA Crop Progress report has on the cotton crop.


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American Peanut Research and Education Society Recap

The American Peanut Research and Education Society recently met and Tyron Spearman reports a couple of folks from the Southeast were presented awards at the annual event.


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