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Cotton Production Numbers Increase

Angie Considine

Angie Considine

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its January cotton production forecast today, and according to Angie Considine, the overall numbers increased from last month.


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Commissioner Putnams Water Policy and Budget Proposal

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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 the Commissioner’s Water Policy and Budget Proposal.


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

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Home Food Preservation

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Everett Griner talks about canning making a comeback in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending January 9, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we look at some of the key issues Congress should address, 30 agricultural organizations formed the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba, and we have stories about potatoes and wild meat.

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Agriculture Secretary Announces Cotton Board Appointments

From the Cotton Board:

cotton-logo(MEMPHIS, TN) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the appointment of 12 members and 14 alternates to The Cotton Board. The Cotton Board is made up of cotton producers and importers appointed by the Secretary to oversee the Cotton Research & Promotion Program. Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Peanut Farm Show is January 15

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Producers can improve the bottom line of their farming operation with knowledge, connections and information gained at the 39th annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference held at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center on January 15. Tyron Spearman has more.


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National Cotton Council Looks at Key Issues for Congress

nccThe 114th Congress convened this week. Reece Langley, vice president of Washington operations for the National Cotton Council, says one of the key issues Congress should be addressing is trade.


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A History of USDA Efforts in Soil Health

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

We’ve told you this week marks the beginning of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s celebration of the International Year of Soils, which was actually designated by the United Nation’s General Assembly. And while you may be aware of USDA’s soil conservation efforts since the Dust Bowl, Rod Bain reports that this emphasis actually goes back to the start of the Department itself.


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Agriculture Confidence Index Results

Between November 20 and December 4 of last year, 500 farmers and ranchers across the U.S. were surveyed for the DTN/The Progressive Farmer Agriculture Confidence Index.


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For more information on the index visit about.dtnpf.com.

Alabama Unmanned Aerial System Task Force Final Meeting held Today

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries:

MONTGOMERY, AL – The Alabama Unmanned Aerial System Task Force met today to finalize details of the report that will be submitted to Governor Robert Bentley by January 15. 2015. The Governor established the task force on July 18, 2014, with the primary mission to study the requirements of UAV/UAS operations in the State of Alabama, meet with relevant stakeholders, and ultimately recommend a statewide plan for the use of Read the rest of this entry »

Corn Growers Joins Cuba Coalition in Call for Level Playing Field on Trade

From the National Corn Growers Association:

The National Corn Growers Association today joins U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and fellow farm and food organizations seeking to end the United States’ embargo against Cuba and advance trade relations between the two nations.

The U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba is composed of more than 30 U.S. agricultural and food organizations committed Read the rest of this entry »

University Ag Economists Look Ahead

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Today Spearman reports on information given by a couple of University Agriculture Economists who look at how certain field crops and the livestock sector fared in 2014 and looks ahead at what we might expect this year.


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Florida Senate Begins Work to Carve Up Conservation Money

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM TURNER

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 7, 2015………. Environmentalists offered state lawmakers a possible funding breakdown that included springs preservation and land acquisition, as work began Wednesday to carve up the money Florida voters overwhelmingly said in November should go to conservation efforts.

However, members of the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee, starting to tackle the Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Cotton Commission Holding Annual Meeting January 28

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton reminds cotton producers that the Georgia Cotton Commission’s 8th Annual Meeting, in conjunction with the UGA Cotton Production Workshop, is scheduled for Wednesday, January 28 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.


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There is no charge to attend, but pre-registration’s are requested to help with meal plans. Register online at www.ugatiftonconference.org or call 229-386-3416.

Soils are the Backbone

As more information comes out about 2015 being the International Year of Soils, Cindy Zimmerman has a story about how soils are the backbone.


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Alabama Producers Reminded to Comment on EQIP Rule

Steve Musser

Steve Musser

Assistant State Conservationist for Programs with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama , Steve Musser, says the Environmental Quality Incentives Program has been their flagship program in the past few farm bills.


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Florida Producers Reminded to Comment on CSP and EQIP

usda-logoUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida wants to remind producers that comment periods continue for both the Conservation Stewardship Program interim rule and the new rule published outlining improvements for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.


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American Peanut Council Promoting Exports

At their recent meeting, the American Peanut Council gave a report on what they have been doing to promote U.S. peanuts in other countries. Tyron Spearman has the story.


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2015 is International Year of Soils

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Tom Vilsack

Tuesday marked the beginning of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s celebration of the International Year of Soils, designated by the United Nation’s General Assembly.


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Bayer CropScience Announces Guy Collins as 2015 Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year

Guy Collins, former University of Georgia Extension Cotton Agronomist and current North Carolina State University Extension Associate Professor of Cotton, accepts the 2015 Cotton Specialist of the Year award, sponsored by Bayer CropScience. Collins was congratulated by Bayer CropScience cotton leadership, from left: Monty Christian, Vice President of U.S. Cotton Operations; Steve Nichols, Head of Agronomic Services, Seeds; and Lee Rivenbark, Vice President, Seeds North America.

Guy Collins, former UGA Extension Cotton Agronomist, now with North Carolina State University Extension, accepts the 2015 Cotton Specialist of the Year award. Collins was congratulated by Bayer CropScience cotton leadership, from left: Monty Christian, Steve Nichols, and Lee Rivenbark.

From Bayer CropScience:

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (January 6, 2015) – Guy Collins, Ph.D., Extension associate professor for cotton at North Carolina State University, is the 2015 Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year. Collins received the award at the Extension Cotton Specialist dinner and banquet on Jan. 6 during the 2015 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio.

The annual award and banquet has been a featured event at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences since 1984. Extension cotton specialists who represent every cotton-producing state select a winner annually based on leadership and industry service. The award has been sponsored by Bayer CropScience since 2008. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Another Four Years as Commissioner

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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 his second term and what to expect the next four years.


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

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Southeast AgNet This Week: Government Is Working; FSA Committees

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes reports from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Working on a GMO Labeling Program

Work is underway on a possible new GMO labeling program, as Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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UAV’s Are Here to Stay

Miles Thompson

Miles Thompson

You may hear some folks say unmanned aerial vehicles are just a fad and will never become reality for the market place. But according to Miles Thompson, president of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems Atlanta chapter, they are here to stay and will become a great benefit to many in agriculture.


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Ag Calendar

There are a variety of meetings and events coming up across the Southeast and Tyron Spearman has a look at some of those in our Ag Calendar.


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USFRA Launches How-To Videos

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance has launches a new video series on how farmers and ranchers tackle big jobs. The new How To Farm series launched last week illustrates different farming practices. The educational videos, which range between two to four minutes, highlight the Read the rest of this entry »

Falling Gas Prices Could Hurt One Industry

Not everyone is celebrating these falling gasoline prices, as Gary Crawford explains.


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USDA Approves Purchase of Potatoes on WIC Program

elkton-potatosUSDA announced that potatoes can be purchased on the WIC program.


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New UF President Good for Florida Agriculture

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

As 2015 gets underway, the University of Florida’s new president will also be getting started. UF’s Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Jack Payne, is pleased with who was hired for that position.


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Peanut Stocks and Processing Report

Tyron Spearman runs through numbers from the latest Peanut Stocks and Processing Report.


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