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Opportunity Increases for U.S. Corn Exports

Corn fieldFor farmers who planted corn this year, you will be glad to know that due to a smaller than expected crop in Brazil and other South American countries, U.S. corn growers may see increased export opportunities this season. Rod Bain has the story.


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Monsanto, Bayer, Dow-DuPont Update

It’s been announced that a second attempt by Bayer AG to purchase Monsanto has been rejected. The Wall Street Journal Reports the second offer did not include more money, but was a request for detailed business information, known as due diligence, which Bayer said could lead to a higher offer. Monsanto saw the offer as little change compared to the $62 billion proposal Bayer originally offered. Monsanto is refusing to grant such access until Bayer raises its bid. Read the rest of this entry »

Peanut Crop Update

National Peanut Board

Tyron Spearman

Peanut farmers across the Southeast have either completed, or are nearing completion of planting this year’s crop. Tyron Spearman has a look at how the crop looks as of this week.


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California WOTUS Ruling Could have National Implications

Sabrina Hill

Sabrina Hill

We have been talking for quite some time about the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule, otherwise known as WOTUS, and how it could affect farmers across the country. And a recent ruling in a case in California could have national WOTUS implications. AgNet Media’s Sabrina Hill reports the ruling against a Northern California farmer which calls soil a pollutant and a plow an instrument of pollution when it comes to the Clean Water Act.


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12 Public, Private Universities Calling for Increased Federal Investment in Agricultural Research

From the University of Florida/IFAS:
By: Samantha Grenrock

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WASHINTON, D.C. – The University of Florida and 12 other prominent research institutions in the United States joined the SoAR Foundation today in calling for a surge in federal support of food and agricultural science. “Retaking the Field,” the report released by this coalition, highlights recent scientific innovations and illustrates how U.S. agricultural production is losing ground to China and other global competitors. Read the rest of this entry »

Farm Credit Beginning Farmer Loans up 12 Percent

farm-credit-administrationFarm Credit made nearly 80,000 new loans to beginning farmers and ranchers last year totaling nearly $13 billion.

The Farm Credit Administration says the number of loans made to beginning producers increased by Read the rest of this entry »

Olam Buys Brooks Peanut Company

olam-internationalIt was recently announced that Olam International is expanding its peanut shelling presence in the U.S. with the acquisition of Brooks Peanut Company. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Florida FFA and Cattlemen Holding Convention’s This Week

This will be a busy week in the state of Florida, as both the Florida FFA Association and the Florida Cattlemen’s Association will be holding their own annual conventions. The Florida FFA Association State Convention and Expo starts today and runs through Friday at the Caribe Royale in Orlando. The Florida Cattlemen’s Convention & Trade Show starts Tuesday and runs through Thursday at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. We will have more from both events throughout the week.

Ag in Review for the Week Ending June 10, 2016

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about cost-share assistance payments coming to cotton producers, how wild pigs have become an issue in many states, acreage reporting, Quiviut Read the rest of this entry »

Time to Think about Acreage Reporting

Peanuts fieldTyron Spearman reminds peanut growers that if you are done planting, get with your crop insurance agent and report your acres because that deadline is just five weeks away.

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Feral Hogs Discussed at SASDA Conference

(Picture from Auburn University/ACES)

(Picture from Auburn University/ACES)

Representatives from states across the Southeast were in Point Clear, Alabama last week for the 2016 Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (SASDA) conference. One of the topics discussed was feral hogs and Dr. Steve Ditchkoff, with the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University, said it’s an issue that many states are having to deal with.


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UF/IFAS Extension Conducting Pasture Management Classes

Goats on a summer pastureFor those who have grazing livestock, the University of Florida/IFAS Extension is presenting a four part series to help you better understand the fundamental principles of forage production. The “Principles of Pasture Productivity” series will examine some of the key principles of pasture management including Pasture Fertility, Grazing Management, Weed Control and Forage Establishment & Variety Selection. These sessions will be held in two locations, the Washington County Agricultural Center in Chipley and the Calhoun County Public Library in Blountstown. Each session will begin at 6:30pm and will be held on these dates: Read the rest of this entry »

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