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Southeast AgNet This Week: TPA Discussion; Benefiting from USDA

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report from a roundtable discussion on Trade Promotion Authority and a success story about an Alabama farmer who has worked with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Peanut Farmers Invited to Trade Show Thursday

Farmers across the Southeast are invited to attend the Alabama/Florida Peanut Trade Show. Tyron Spearman reports the annual event will take place this Thursday in Dothan.


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Small Percentage of Farmers Have Made the ARC vs PLC Decision

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

At this point only a small percentage of farmers have gone through the complete process of signing up for the new farm risk management programs. Gary Crawford has more.


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Feral Swine Workshop in Florida

WHAT: Feral Swine Workshop

WHERE: Livestock Agriculture Pavilion, 2232 N.E. Jacksonville Road, Ocala, FL

WHEN: February 13, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

WHO: Florida Agricultural Mechanical University in partnership with the Florida Black Farmers and Agriculturalist Association

CONTACT: Howard Gunn Jr. 352-572-1063 or Karen Winston 352-817-4410

New Peanut Contract Offered

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Peanut farmers have been waiting for quite sometime to see if any new contracts would be offered. And according to Tyron Spearman, one has surfaced.


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Last Leg of ARMS Survey

Shiela Corley

Shiela Corley

USDA is conducting a huge survey of farmers which is designed to provide a true picture of the state of farming and the farm economy. Shiela Corley, with USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, explains the three-part Agricultural Resource Management Survey.


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Alabama/Florida Peanut Trade Show is Thursday

The annual Alabama/Florida Peanut Trade Show is coming up this Thursday in Dothan, as Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Alabama Producer Benefits from USDA Programs

usda-logoAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack held a media conference call Thursday to provide a one-year progress report on the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill which was signed by President Barack Obama on February 7, 2014. One of the featured guests on the call was Edgar Pruitt, an Alabama farmer who has worked with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama through various projects.


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Aging Farmer Population Poses Big Problems for Future

Vilsack

Tom Vilsack

One concern for many in agriculture is how the average age of farmers continues to rise. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says a problem for agriculture is easing the way for new farmers to take over as thousands of farmers near the end of their working life.


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Georgia Peanut Commission Research Report Day is Wednesday

gpcThe Georgia Peanut Commission will hold their annual Research Report Day next Wednesday, February 11. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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The agenda for the GPC Research Report Day is available online at www.gapeanuts.com.

Peanut Price Update

Tyron Spearman updates growers on where peanut prices stand this week.


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Bee Aware

Varroa Mite

Varroa Mite

Everett Griner talks about CCD not the only bee problem in today’s Agri View.


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NCGA: Goodlatte Bill “a huge step backward” for Energy Independence

From the National Corn Growers Association:

WASHINGTON (Feb. 4, 2015) — Today, Reps. Bob Goodlatte, Jim Costa, Steve Womack, and Peter Welch re-introduced the RFS Reform Act. Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, issued the following statement:

“Once again, Rep. Goodlatte and his colleagues have put Big Oil ahead of America’s corn farmers. The Renewable Fuel Standard is working. We are opening the market to competition from America’s Read the rest of this entry »

Do Not Overplant Peanuts

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

One university economist is warning farmers not to overplant peanuts this year. Tyron Spearman has the story.


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Commissioner Putnam Testifies Before Joint Congressional Hearing on Newest Federal Overreach

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam testified today on the impacts of the Waters of the United States rule at the Joint Hearing Before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works in Washington, D.C.

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Success in the Cafeteria-part 2

Tray of food for school meals
In part 2 of the 3-part series in the USDA’s efforts to help school cafeterias across the country reduce plate waste in school lunches Cathy Isom takes a look at the reasons why students are wasting cafeteria food.


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Georgia Producers Learn about Cotton Leads

Mark Messura

Mark Messura

Senior Vice President Global Supply Chain Marketing for Cotton Incorporated, Mark Messura, was one of the speakers at last week’s annual meeting of the Georgia Cotton Commission. And his main topic was about the Cotton Leads program.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Cattle Report Surprises; Appropriations Process

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes some surprises in USDA’s annual cattle herd inventory report and how the annual appropriations process underway in Congress affects agriculture. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

New Farm Bill Requirement

Tyron Spearman reports about a new requirement in the 2014 Farm Bill that farmers need to be aware of.


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USDA Accepting Applications for Conservation Stewardship Program

usda-logoFarmers, ranchers and forest landowners are urged to submit applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program by February 27, 2015 to ensure they are considered for this year’s funding.


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Georgia Peanut Commission Research Report Day set for February 11

From the Georgia Peanut Commission:

gpcThe Georgia Peanut Commission will hold the annual Research Report Day, Feb. 11, 2015, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPAL), located on the University of Georgia Tifton campus at 2360 Rainwater Road, Tifton, Ga. 31793. The event provides growers and industry representatives an opportunity to hear the latest reports and newest information available on Read the rest of this entry »

Peanut Usage Continues to Increase

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The new stocks and processing report shows peanut usage continues to increase. Tyron Spearman has the numbers.


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Vilsack on Importance of Trade

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

Trade with other countries is a high-priority issue for many in agriculture this year as we continue to hear how the debate in Congress over giving the President Trade Promotion Authority may be a hard-fought debate. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack outlines a few of the reasons why trade is vital to this nation and to agriculture.


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NACD Annual Meeting Underway in New Orleans

nacd-taglineThe National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) kicked off its Annual Meeting Sunday in New Orleans, Louisiana with folks from across the country attending.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending January 30, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have a story concerning the various issues of importance to cotton growers in Washington, we look at new technology for the oyster industry which can help fisheries across the Gulf Cost, and have a story about how chicken wings are Super Bowl winners.

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Ag Spending in 2014

Some of the figures concerning agricultural spending from last year are out, and Tyron Spearman runs through a few of those which concern crops grown across our region.


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Appropriations Process Underway in New Congress

nccThe annual appropriations process is underway in the new Congress. Reece Langley, vice president of Washington operations for the National Cotton Council, explains how this process affects agriculture.


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EPA Confuses U.S. Soybean Farmers

The Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday announced it will approve an application allowing Argentine biodiesel easier access to the U.S. market.


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EPA Announces Voluntary Cancellation of Certain Methomyl Uses

From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the manufacturers of the insecticide methomyl have agreed to cancel some uses and limit use on certain crops to reduce risks to drinking water. From 1995 to 2013, exposure from food to carbamates, which Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Cotton Producers Get a Washington Update

ncc-john-maquire-2015One of the guest speakers during the Georgia Cotton Commission’s 8th annual meeting held this week in Tifton was National Cotton Council’s Washington representative John Maquire. He said trade was going to be one of the focuses this year for the Cotton Council, but he also gave cotton producers an update on the various other issues they will be dealing with this year.


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