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Florida NRCS Reminder of Nearing Deadline

Roney Gutierrez

Roney Gutierrez

July 31 is the deadline to submit proposals for a program provided through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership. Roney Gutierrez with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida encourages those interested to contact the NRCS.


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FY2016 Ag Spending Bill Clears First Senate Hurdle

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

The Senate version of next fiscal year’s appropriations bill for the USDA and FDA has cleared its first hurdle. Gary Crawford has the story.


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Stallman Announces Departure in January

From American Farm Bureau Federation

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Bob Stallman

Bob Stallman

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 14, 2015 – American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman announced today that he will not seek reelection in January 2016 following 16 years at the helm of the nation’s largest, most influential general farm organization. Stallman, a cattle and rice producer from Columbus, Texas, is the 11th president during AFBF’s almost 97-year history. Read more on Stallman’s departure.

Southeast AgNet This Week: Avian Influenza; Cuban Agriculture Overview

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report on preparing for the possible return of avian influenza this fall as well as details on how Cuban agriculture could affect Florida. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Peanut Farmers Urged to Use Trained Scouts

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Peanut farmers across the Southeast are being urged to use trained scouts in their fields, and Tyron Spearman explains why.


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House Agriculture Committee Approves H.R. 1599

Today, the House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015. The legislation will provide clarity and stability in the marketplace through national uniformity regarding marketing claims for products grown using the latest agricultural production technologies.


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No Change to Cotton Crop Forecast but Consumption Drops

cottonUSDA recently released their monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report. And according to World Outlook Board Chair Seth Meyer, there weren’t many changes in the forecast for U.S. cotton production.


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Peanut Tour Stops in California

perfetcly-powerful-peanutThe National Peanut Board continues their “Perfectly Powerful Peanut” tour with a recent stop in California. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Peanut Export Update

PeanutsThe final May report for peanut exports is out, and Tyron Spearman runs through the numbers.


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Various Discussions at Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day

sunbelt-field-day-2015The annual Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day took place last week at the Darrell Williams Research Farm in Moultrie, Georgia. Southeast AgNet’s BrayAnna Bullard was there and describes what was discussed.


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Record Number Certified under Conservation Compliance

cotton-rowsUSDA announced Friday more than 98 percent of producers have met the 2014 Farm Bill requirement to certify conservation compliance to qualify for crop insurance premium support payments.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending July 10, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we hear about testimony given to the Senate Ag Committee concerning Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, how Congress has work remaining concerning agriculture, why some residents are returning to their rural hometown and more.

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Cuban Agricultural Overview Presented at FFAA Gathering

Bill Messina

Bill Messina

In an overview of Cuban agriculture last week, University of Florida’s Bill Messina told Florida Fertilizer and Agrichemical Association members that if and when trade opens with the island nation, it could bring Read the rest of this entry »

Peanut Contracts Withdrawn

Tyron Spearman has an update on this week’s peanut posted price and where things currently stand with any peanut contracts.


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Many Attending Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association Meeting

ffaa-annual-meeting-logo-20Friday will be the final day for events at the Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association’s 83rd Annual Meeting in Naples. Gary Cooper has information about some of the topics being discussed..


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Morris and Koehler Appointed to USDA Committees on Agricultural Trade

From the Georgia Peanut Commission:

Don Koehler and Brenda Morris

Don Koehler and Brenda Morris

TIFTON, Ga. (July 9, 2015) U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and United States Trade Representative Michael Froman recently announced the appointment of Brenda Morris, peanut farmer from Ocilla, Georgia, to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and Don Koehler, Georgia Peanut Commission executive director, to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Read the rest of this entry »

Lower Cotton Numbers Will Help Move Stocks Out

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton with the Georgia Cotton Commission talks about how lower cotton acreage this year will help move some of the stocks out.


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Agricultural Export Values Still on the Decline

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

The latest trade data we have continues to show declines in the value of U.S. agricultural exports. Gary Crawford has the details.


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Growing 1500 Types of Peanuts

More than 1,500 kinds of peanut plants are growing at the University of Florida’s Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra. And as Tyron Spearman reports, the crop is part of USDA’s germplasm network to maintain and research different types of one of the world’s most popular and nutritional legumes.


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Florida NRCS Offers Various Programs

Trent Mathews

Trent Mathews

Santa Rosa County, Florida District Conservationist, Trent Mathews, says USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service offers many programs that can help landowners and encourages folks to learn more about them.


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USDA Has New Tool to Monitor Dams

usda-logoUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama wants landowners to know about a new web-based application that provides real-time monitoring of rainfall and other events that could pose potential threats to dam safety.


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TPP Remains on Track for Final Talks this Month

Trade with other countries is of course very important to agriculture as a whole. And a trade deal linking 40 percent of the global economy remains on track for a potential agreement, as the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership are slated to meet later this month for the last round of talks.


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Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association Holding Annual Meeting

ffaa-annual-meeting-logo-20The Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association’s 83rd Annual Meeting is taking place this week in Naples. The theme this year is “Waves of Change” as Gary Cooper is there and has this report.


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Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day is Tomorrow

sunbelt-field-day-2008The annual Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day will be held tomorrow, July 9th in Moultrie, Georgia. And for those who didn’t attend last year, show director Chip Blalock says they now start things off with a biscuit breakfast.


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Peanut Profitability Award Winners

Tyron Spearman has a story about the recipients of this year’s Peanut Profitability Award that will be given out during the 17th Annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference, July 23-25, at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia.


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Cotton Transition Assistance Program Enrollment Underway

cotton-rowsThe USDA Farm Service Agency announced this week that farmers in eligible counties may enroll in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program, known as CTAP.


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A list of counties eligible for CTAP in 2015 is available by clicking here.

FAMU President to Serve on Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade

From Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., was selected by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to be a member of the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) for Trade. Mangum was selected via a national competitive process.

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Farmers Invited to Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day

sunbeltFarmers who attend the annual Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day tomorrow, July 9, will get a chance to see demonstration plots, which contain the latest cutting edge research and visit with industry and university researchers to get up-to-date information on topics like new seed varieties, irrigation, soil fertility, forages and precision agriculture. Tyron Spearman has more.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: FFA Helps Careers; USDA Program Signup

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a discussion about how Future Farmers of America and ag education is furthering careers and a report informing dairy producers they can now enroll in USDA’s Margin Protection Program. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Southeastern Cotton Producers to See San Joaquin Valley Agriculture

From the National Cotton Council:

nccMEMPHIS, Tenn. – Thirteen Southeastern cotton producers will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s San Joaquin Valley the week of July 12 as part of the National Cotton Council’s 2015 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program.

The participating producers are: Read the rest of this entry »

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