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Final 2014 Cotton Numbers

Angie Considine

Angie Considine

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) has released the final production figures from the 2014 cotton crop. Angie Considine with NASS in Washington, D.C., reports that the crop was up 26 percent from the previous year.


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Florida Farmers Heading to Capitol Hill

From the Florida Farm Bureau Federation:

FFBFGainesville, Fla. – Area farmers and ranchers will speak up for their livelihoods when they visit with the Florida Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. this week.

The May 13-15 visit is part of Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Field to the Hill trip to the nation’s capital. More than 80 Farm Bureau members from across the Read the rest of this entry »

Cotton and Peanut Planting Update

Across the belt, cotton planting is running behind but is still pressing ahead at the same time. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey explains.


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Farmer’s Market Phenomenon

Fruits and vegetables in cart at market
Cathy Isom talks about the Farmer’s Market Phenomenon – why the most traditional way to buy and sell farm products is becoming more popular.


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Working to Sell More Peanuts to China

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Efforts are underway to sell more U.S. peanuts in China. Tyron Spearman has that story, but first has information about a recent fire affecting an Alabama peanut facility.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending May 8, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about new dollars coming to Alabama, Florida and Georgia through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, how to get rid of old paint, oil and other chemicals, and an interesting story about tomato varieties.

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Georgia Peanut Commission Increases Funding for Research Projects in 2015

From the Georgia Peanut Commission:

gpcTIFTON, Ga. (May 8, 2015) TIFTON, Ga.-The Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) board of directors has approved $357,570 in research project funding for the 2015-16 research budget year. This action was taken during the commission’s March and April board meetings. The research projects Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Increase Peanut Acreage Too Much

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

When the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its planting intentions report at the end of March, it noted there would be a 9 percent increase in overall peanut acres this year with Georgia indicating a 20 percent increase. But as Tyron Spearman reports, some are asking farmers not to increase their acreage too much.


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Teaching Georgia Students about the Cotton Industry

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton

Getting the message out about Georgia cotton is something the Georgia Cotton Commission does on a regular basis. And the Commission’s Richey Seaton says a good example of that is working with school students.


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No Confirmation of Ban on U.S. Peanuts

PeanutsTyron Spearman has an update concerning the possible ban of U.S. peanuts by one country.


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NCGA Applauds Senate Bill to Extend Volatility Waiver to E15

From the National Corn Growers Association:

The National Corn Growers Association today thanked Senators Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) for introducing a bill to expand the volatility waiver for E15 ethanol, ultimately increasing consumers’ access higher blends of ethanol year-round.

“We applaud Senators Donnelly, Grassley, and Fischer for their bipartisan efforts to increase the market for ethanol producers and Read the rest of this entry »

Protected Peanut Variety Reminder

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman has an important reminder for farmers concerning the protection of certain peanut varieties.


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Taste Questions

red tomatoes
Everett Griner talks about the taste of hybrid tomatoes in today’s Agri View.


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Dates Set for Florida Special Session

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By BRANDON LARRABEE

news service florida logoTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, May 6, 2015………. Legislative leaders agreed Wednesday on the dates for a special session to hammer out a compromise on the state budget, as the federal Read the rest of this entry »

Lower March Peanut Usage

PeanutsThe latest numbers show peanut usage in March was down, as Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Peanut Delegation Visits China

Don Koehler

Don Koehler

Don Koehler, executive director of the Georgia Peanut Commission, was part of a delegation that recently visited China to promote U.S. peanuts.


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For more information about the Georgia Peanut Commission, visit its website.

Southeast AgNet This Week: Conservation Money; ‘Rev It Up’ Challenge

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report on millions of dollars of U.S. Department of Agriculture funding being made available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program as well as a beef checkoff challenge producers can participate in. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Banning U.S. Peanuts and China Tariff on U.S. Peanuts

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

While one country is imposing a ban on peanuts from the United States, Tyron Spearman looks at the tariff on our peanuts in another country.

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Conservation Compliance Connected with Crop Insurance

USDA continues to remind farmers that the 2014 Farm Bill requires you to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form, with your local USDA service center in order to become or remain eligible for crop insurance premium support. Risk Management Agency Administrator Brandon Willis explains the conservation compliance certification needed and who needs to fill out this form .


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Planting Efforts Pick Up

Brad Rippey

Brad Rippey

It’s been a good stretch of days for farmers trying to get seed in the ground, as ideal conditions for planting have been found not only in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, but other parts of the country as well. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey first has a look at cotton numbers thus far.


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USDA Announces Dollars for Innovative New Conservation Partnerships

usda-logoThe U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today an investment of up to $235 million to improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the funding is being made available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the newest conservation tool of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.


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Peanut Industry News

Tyron Spearman has a look at news of interest to those in the peanut industry.


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Hot Topic

Chili Pepper Breathing Fire
Everett Griner talks about a world record hot pepper in today’s Agri View.


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Still No Agreements in Florida Legislature

Sam Ard

Sam Ard

Some are calling it a messy end to the 2015 Florida legislative session, but whatever your description, Sam Ard, director of governmental affairs for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, says it was kind of a weird wrap-up.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending May 1, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we update Farm Bill implementation, look at action that took in the U.S. House and Senate, and talk about how recent wet weather and current crop prices may have some farmers changing thoughts about what to plant.

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Seeking Nominations for Georgia Cotton Commission Board

gccNominations are being accepted by the Georgia Department of Agriculture to fill two positions on the Georgia Cotton Commission’s board of directors.


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More information and nomination forms can be found on the Georgia Cotton Commission website.

Limiting Farm Payments

Tyron Spearman has information concerning the limiting of farm payments.


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Alabama Lawmakers Discuss Feral Hogs and Ag Insect

aac-logoAlabama lawmakers were only in session two days this past week, which was week 8 of the 2015 legislative session. Executive Director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council, Leigha Cauthen, explains what took place along with updating a couple of bills of interest to agriculture.


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Still Waiting on a Budget for Florida

tallahassee-floridaThe Florida legislature session found itself in different territory this week when the House left Tallahassee three days before the end of session.


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Crop Prices Have Some Thinking Peanuts

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Recent wet weather and current crop prices may have some farmers leaning more toward peanuts this year than other crops. Tyron Spearman has the story.


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