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Ag in Review for the Week Ending September 25, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about mandatory livestock price reporting, how a recent trial concerning peanuts helped remind of us the good things that came from it, the growth of a vegetable-seed company, and issues that continue to affect the citrus industry.

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Judge Defends the Peanut / Peanut Exports are Up in Most Categories

During the recent court case concerning former officials with the Peanut Corporation of America, the Federal Court Judge defended the peanut itself. Tyron Spearman has that story along with the latest numbers which indicate peanut exports are up in most categories.

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Georgia Cotton Growers Reminded to Enroll in CTAP

gccThe Georgia Cotton Commission wants to reminds growers that Wednesday, September 30, is the deadline to enroll in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program.

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Research Funding for University of Florida/IFAS Hits All-Time High

From the University of Florida/IFAS:

uf-ifas-logoGAINESVILLE, Fla. — Research funding for the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences hit an all-time high in Fiscal Year 2015, at almost $125.82 million, according to figures released this month by the UF Office of Research.

The UF/IFAS total, representing funds from grant awards, contracted research, donations and other sources, exceeds last year’s Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Cabinet Asked to Wrangle Two Ranches for Conservation


news service florida logoTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 25, 2015………. Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet will be asked Tuesday to spend more than $7.8 million to conserve land that will remain active for ranching in Central and Southwest Florida.

The state has targeted a deal for 1,286 acres of a 1,372-acre tract in Seminole County known as the Kilbee Ranch, with a price Read the rest of this entry »

Peanut Proud Still Celebrating Peanut Industry

peanut-proud-logoIn light of the recent sentencing of the former Peanut Corporation of America CEO for his involvement in a salmonella outbreak in 2009, in Blakely, Georgia, it’s nice to be reminded that something good came from all of that.

The Peanut Proud Festival started as a simple way to show everyone that Blakely was still proud of its booming peanut industry, despite the bad publicity of one peanut company. Lea Jean Manry, of Birdsong Peanuts, was the heart and soul behind the first Peanut Proud Festival, which drew almost 2,000 people. She sat down with us and talked about how the idea for Peanut Proud came about.

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Plains Peanut Festival is Saturday

Rosalynn and President Jimmy Carter

Rosalynn and President Jimmy Carter

The Plains Peanut Festival is coming up this Saturday, as a variety of events will take place, and of course President Jimmy Carter will be a part of the annual festival. Tyron Spearman has more of the details.

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Three Finalists Compete for Florida Farm Bureau Leadership and Service Honor

From Florida Farm Bureau:

FFBFGainesville, Fla. – Three finalists will compete for the 2015 Florida Farm Bureau (FFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers’ Excellence in Agriculture Award this October.

Lindsey Bowen of Hendry/Glades County, Christian Spinosa of Polk County and Kevin Wright of Suwannee County will compete for the top statewide honor on Oct. 28 at Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Peanut Payments

Tyron Spearman has an update concerning peanut payments coming from USDA next month.

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U.S. Propane Inventories Reach a Record High

propane-tanks-2Now that Fall has arrived, there’s good news for agriculture as it’s being reported that U.S. inventories of propane and propylene reached 97.7 million barrels as of September 11th, the highest level in the 22 years.

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New NRCS State Conservationist for Alabama

Ben Malone

Ben Malone

It was announced this week that Ben Malone will begin serving as state conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama on October 5. And Malone said he looks forward to working with the great folks in the state of Alabama.

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U.S. Peanut Representatives Visit China

A group of U.S. peanut representatives recently visited China, as Tyron Spearman has the details.

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