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Most Georgia Cotton Fields Rate Fair to Excellent

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton

According to Georgia Cotton Commission’s Executive Director Richey Seaton, while some areas are suffering, overall there is a lot really good looking cotton in his state right now.


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Alabama RCPP Project Crosses State Lines

Steve Musser

Steve Musser

Steve Musser, assistant state conservationist for programs with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, talks about how a project through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program is crossing over into nearby states.


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Ag Land Values and Cash Rental Rates Are Up

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

U.S. ag land values have seen an increase year over year, while cash rental rates for farm acreage are also up. Rod Bain has the story.


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Putnam Discusses Trade Issues

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

Since the U.S. and Cuba have restored diplomatic relations, there are many farmers across our country wondering if trade will be next. While efforts have been underway by some to end the half-century-old U.S. trade embargo, many in Florida agriculture remember NAFTA, and wonder if this could be a repeat of that. Here’s Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Senate Blocks EPA Requirements; WOTUS Internal Memos

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report on pesticide permit requirements for spraying and speculation that the Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS) will not hold up in the courts. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

More Forfeited Peanuts to Sell

PeanutsAccording to new information, there will soon be more forfeited peanuts to sell. Tyron Spearman has the details about that and other news of interest to the peanut industry.


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Cotton Crop Update

cotton-rowsWhile the crop is running a bit behind normal, more than two-thirds of the U.S. cotton crop is now setting bolls.


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Sweet Taters

Sweet potatoes
Everett Griner talks about new uses catching on with sweet potatoes in today’s Agri View.


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Changes in Peanut Program Eligibility Requirements

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

During a recent meeting, Tyron Spearman reports information was provided about a couple of changes in peanut program eligibility requirements.


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WOTUS Internal Memo Seen as a ‘Smoking Gun’

Dale Moore

Dale Moore

The American Farm Bureau has renewed its charge that an internal memo on the ‘Waters of the U.S.’ proposed rule is a ‘smoking gun’ against the Environmental Protection Agency. AFB executive director Dale Moore talks about how the Corp claimed in the memo released by a House Committee last week that EPA misinterpreted and misapplied Corps’ data in writing the sweeping rule that vastly expands EPA water control.


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Markets Prepare for Upcoming Big USDA Crop Report

usda-logoHow big will this season’s corn, soybean, cotton and wheat crops be? Gary Crawford reports we’ll have a better idea of that in a couple of days.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review August 7

A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review: The high price of firefighting, checking trees to save them, National Farmers Market Week, and Feds Feed Families.


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UGA to Honor 2015 inductees into Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame

From the University of Georgia:

uga-logoAthens, Ga. – On Sept. 25, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will induct U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss and pioneering northeast Georgia dairy farmer the late Thomas Breedlove Sr. into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame.

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Peanut Calendar

Tyron Spearman has this week’s peanut calendar.


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Organic Home Grown

Organic market fruits and vegetables
Everett Griner talks about home grown organics are still increasing in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending August 7, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we look at how an internal memo from the Army Corps of Engineers is an extremely interesting development, what could be called an early warning system for avian influenza, and about the growing enterprise of oyster farming.

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Search Committee Named to Seek Dean of UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

From the University of Georgia:

uga-logoAthens, Ga. – University of Georgia Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten has appointed a committee to begin a national search to fill the position of dean and director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Read the rest of this entry »

Edible Peanut Usage is Up

peanuts-in-shellAccording to Tyron Spearman, the latest numbers shows that while there were no big changes, edible peanut usage is still up which is good news for farmers.


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Senate Committee Blocks EPA Spraying Requirements

Dale Moore

Dale Moore

American Farm Bureau Executive Director Dale Moore looks at the issue of EPA pesticide permit requirements for spraying near navigable waters, and the fact the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this week passed the “Sensible Environmental Protection Act of 2015.”


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Some Agricultural Issues in Congress

Congress is out for their August recess, but before leaving town the Senate did complete action on its version of the Highway and Transportation reauthorization bill.


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Trying to Build a Better Peanut

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Efforts continue in the process of trying to build a better peanut. Tyron Spearman has the latest information which was presented during a meeting held earlier this week.


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Mandatory GMO Labeling Supporters Attack SAFE Act

A well known actress joined advocates and lawmakers this week on Capitol Hill pushing for mandatory labeling of GMO ingredients.


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UF/IFAS Hosting Field Day at Suwanee Valley Agricultural Extension Office

From the University of Florida/IFAS:

LIVE OAK, Fla. — Farmers interested in row crops are invited to the Suwanee Valley Agricultural Extension Center on Monday evening, Aug. 17, to learn about best management practices.

“During this field day, we will provide an overview of the latest research that seeks to help farmers optimize nutrient and irrigation Read the rest of this entry »

Forfeited Peanuts Sell

PeanutsTyron Spearman has an update concerning forfeited peanuts that have sold.


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Possible Revision for Renewable Fuel Volumes

The ethanol industry says an EPA mistake calculating 2014 Renewable Fuel Trading Credits could force the agency to revise Renewable Fuels Volumes.


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Awards Presented at Peanut Meeting

The annual Peanut Sheller’s and Buying Points meeting wrapped up today, and Tyron Spearman reports a variety of awards were presented at the event.


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Simon Takes Over as Acting State Conservationist in Alabama

Kurt Simon

Kurt Simon

While the search is on to find a new Alabama state conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kurt Simon has officially taken over as acting state conservationist.


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Florida Farmer Works Many Years with NRCS Programs

usda-logoA Santa Rosa County farmer has worked with many programs over the years through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.


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Georgia Cotton Commission Sponsoring High School Events

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton

Georgia Cotton Commission (GCC) Executive Director Richey Seaton talks about dollars being earmarked at the recent GCC budget meeting for sponsorship of high school sporting events.


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Drought is Creeping Back into the South

weather-sunny-hotWhile parts of the Southeast have seen a few scattered showers, some areas that experienced rain relief are headed back into drought. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says that includes parts of the Southeast all the way through southern Texas.


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