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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Florida Farmland

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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 increased number of farms and farmland acreage in Florida.


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

Ag in Review Ending the Week of August 8, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports about the 6-month mark of the new Farm Bill, about the new Cotton Transition Assistance Program which starts Monday, how the peanut crop looks right now in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and about a new burger made from both beef and chicken.

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Syngenta Bringing New Fungicide to Peanut Growers

Elatus_brandsignature_1cSyngenta is excited to soon be bringing a brand new fungicide to peanut growers. It’s called “Elatus” and they are hoping for registration to come sometime early next year.


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To learn more about this new product go to syngenta.com.

Cotton Transition Assistance Program Enrollment Begins Monday

cottonUSDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan Garcia has announced that starting Monday, farmers can enroll in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP).


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For more information about CTAP, visit your local FSA office or go online to www.fsa.usda.gov.

2013 U.S. Farm Expenditures

USDA recently announced that U.S. farmers spent $367.3 billion on agricultural production in 2013.


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Southeast Peanut Crop Update

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

During a meeting held this week, Tyron Spearman reports an update was given on how the peanut crop looks right now in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama.


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Agricultural Producers in Florida Still Have Time to Apply for Direct Farm Ownership Loan Program

From USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Florida:

(Gainesville, FL), Aug. 07, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Florida Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Rick Dantzler, today announced that farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest 2014 loans available through FSA’s direct farm ownership program. The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 30, 2014.

Eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct new farm buildings or Read the rest of this entry »

Vilsack Gives Report on Farm Bill Implementation

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

On Wednesday U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack gave a 6-month update on the new farm bill. Gary Crawford has this story on where we are in the process of implementing it.


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Peanut Stocks Continue to Dwindle

According to the latest numbers, peanut stocks continue to dwindle. Tyron Spearman has the story.


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Ram Certified Agriculture Dealers

dodge-ram-logo-2Dodge trucks are following up on their widely popular Super Bowl ad by focusing on the agriculture community. Gary Cooper reports.


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To learn more about the Certified Agricultural Dealership Program, visit their website.

USDA Designates 3 Counties in Florida as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Escambia, Jackson and Santa Rosa counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain that occurred from April 4, 2014, through May 2, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Former Alabama Peanut Executive Receives Award

Randy Griggs

Randy Griggs

Randy Griggs, who recently retired from his position as Executive Director of the Alabama Peanut Producers, was surprised to be honored with the annual Valor Award during the recent Southern Peanut Growers Conference. Cindy Zimmerman caught up with him afterwards.


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Milestone Reached on 15-Percent Ethanol

nascar-rcr-ethanolToday Cindy Zimmerman has a story about a milestone that has been reached when it comes to using 15-percent ethanol.


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National Peanut Board Launches New Website

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The National Peanut Board has launched a new website which offers resources to help understand and manage food allergies. Tyron Spearman has the story.


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Nominations Being Accepted for Georgia Cotton Commission

gccNominations are now being accepted for a few seats on the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Cotton, a farmer-funded program that conducts research, promotion and education for the commodity in Georgia.


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Addressing Peanut Allergy Concerns with Facts

peanuts-in-shellParents, schools, health professionals and others have a new resource to help them understand and effectively manage food allergies, thanks to the National Peanut Board. Cindy Zimmerman reports that NPB has launched PeanutAllergyFacts.org, a website dedicated to providing science-based information about peanut and food allergies.


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Stick to 3-year Peanut Rotation and Energy Grants and Loans Available

One man encourages peanut farmers to stick to their three year peanut rotation, as Tyron Spearman has that story along with information about energy grants and loans that are available.

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Peanut Shellers and Buying Points to Meet

A meeting for Peanut Shellers and Buying Points is scheduled this week, and Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Safety Issue

farming tractor spraying a fieldEverett Griner talks about how living near a farm could be dangerous in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review For the Week Ending August 1, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports regarding the longleaf pine initiative, how the peanut crop looks thus far in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and about efforts underway to find a new Executive Vice President for the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association.

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New Crop Insurance Option

USDA has announced new crop insurance options for next year, as Tyron Spearman has more information.


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University of Florida PIE Center to Hold Webinar

Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper

Coming up August 20th, the University of Florida’s PIE Center will hold a webinar that many of you may be interested in. Gary Cooper has the details.


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To learn more about this webinar click here.

Peanuts Packing a Powerful Punch

perfetcly-powerful-peanutThe National Peanut Board is very excited about their new “Perfectly Powerful Peanut” brand which rolled out back in April. Cindy Zimmerman reports it was immediately embraced by the industry.


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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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