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Peanut Crop Needs Rain

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

This week’s crop conditions report from USDA shows many of the peanut growing areas here in the Southeast could really use a good shower. Tyron Spearman runs through the latest numbers.


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Meet Sammy Soil

nrcs-sammy-soilWith back to school time here, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida wants children across the state to know about Sammy Soil, a soil conservation icon for NRCS. Sammy, who has managed to capture the public’s attention for more than 40 years, started as a cartoon and now serves as a mascot for the agency. To learn more about Sammy click here.

Cotton Being Beaten Down by Dry Hot Conditions

Brad Rippey

Brad Rippey

USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, says the return of hot dry weather to the Southern Great Plains is taking a toll on the cotton crop. And there are areas here in the Southeast also seeing a decline in conditions.


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Negative Publicity

Book and plantEverett Griner talks about telling “city folks” about agriculture in today’s Agri View.


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Great Public Service Campaign

smokey-bearA little over a week ago Smokey Bear turned 70 years old, but today Cindy Zimmerman looks at how his story has become one of the best know public service campaigns.


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Southerland and Putnam Discuss EPA Regulations

fl-wotus-press-conf-08-18-1U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II hosted a press conference today from Florida’s Capitol in Tallahassee to highlight his Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (H.R. 5078). Southerland was joined by Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and other Florida stakeholders to highlight bipartisan efforts to stop the EPA and Army Corps from expanding its regulatory authority to almost any body of water in America. Afterwards, Southeast AgNet’s Gary Cooper caught up with both of them to Read the rest of this entry »

Farmers Have a Chance to Direct $3.3 Million to Nonprofits

Farmers across the Southeast are being asked to take part in America’s Farmers Grow Communities. The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program is partnering with farmers to direct $2,500 donations to individual nonprofit organizations.


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Discussing Panther Issues with Florida Cattle Ranchers

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne with the University of Florida has an update concerning the issue some Florida cattle ranchers are having with panthers killing cattle. UF/IFAS was involved in a study of panther predation at two Southwest Florida ranches, and found that panthers rely on the mixed landscape of ranches for their habitat. So one idea involves ranchers maintaining key panther habitat.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Living Healthy in Florida

Putnam

Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about the “Living Healthy in Florida” initiative.

To learn more, click Living Healthy in Florida.


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You can follow Florida Commissioner Adam Putnam on Facebook and Twitter.

Population Questions

feeding-the-worldEverett Griner talks about feeding the people of the world in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending August 15, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring crop report information from the August releases which came out this week from USDA. We also have a look at the SNAP program and how it’s being used in rural areas, and hoping to see more textile business coming back.

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Smokey Bear Turns 70

smokey-bearSmokey Bear turned 70 this past weekend, and Cindy Zimmerman has a story about the voice behind this well known public service message.


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650-Acres of Conservation Land in Florida Approved for Acquisition by ARC

From the Florida Department of Environmental Protection:

TALLAHASSEE – Today the Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC) voted to amend the existing boundary line of the Charlotte Harbor Flatwoods Florida Forever Project to include Bond Ranch, a 650-acre parcel. This step enables the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands to move forward with the acquisition of the parcel. Acquisition of conservation land is generally limited to Florida Forever project boundaries.

DEP’s Division of State Lands worked with the South Florida Water Management District and the Trust for Public Land to fast-track the boundary amendment to place it on Read the rest of this entry »

Plenty of Cotton

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

There is a lot of cotton right now in the world market and of course more will be coming this fall. Tyron Spearman reports that is having an affect on prices.


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USDA Funding for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers

USDA has made available $400,000 in funding to establish the Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center.


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Citrus Expo Day Two Prize Winners

Doug Thompson (left) and Kelvin Hair

Doug Thompson (left) and Kelvin Hair

Congratulations to Doug Thompson of Kard Properties, Inc. He won the drawing for the citrus-themed painting by Highwaymen painter Kelvin Hair at Citrus Expo.

Emory McTeer and Florida FFA state officers

Emory McTeer and Florida FFA state officers

Emory McTeer of McTeer Farms, Inc. took home the YETI cooler stuffed with grilling tools and accessories. The YETI was donated by AgNet Media in support of the annual fundraiser held for Florida FFA at Citrus Expo.

More Comments Needed on WOTUS

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is urging their members and others concerned with EPA’s efforts in the waters of the United States proposal, to submit comments as it will make a difference.


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Just go to BEEFusa.org to send in your story.

Europe’s Sugar Industry Fear Sugar Imports in Trade Talks

Europe’s sugar industry fears there could be sugar imports from the combined U.S. and Mexican market if sugar becomes part of the ongoing Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations.


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Proposed Rules for Drones to Come

uav-droneCommercial use of drones, including in agriculture, may still be a ways off, as the FAA is well behind schedule in drawing up rules for the remote-controlled aircraft.


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Private Forecaster Puts 2014-15 Florida Orange Crop at 50-Year Low

From UltimateCitrus.com:

NEW YORK (August 14, 2014) Wall Street Journal – A private forecaster is predicting Florida will harvest its smallest orange crop in 50 years during the next crop year, according to a report viewed by The Wall Street Journal on Thursday.

Elizabeth Steger, a closely watched independent forecaster, estimated Florida would produce 89 million boxes of oranges in the year beginning Oct. 1, according to the document. That would be a Read the rest of this entry »

Deer Farming

White Tailed DeerEverett Griner talks about deer farming being a new adventure for today’s producers in today’s Agri View.


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Florida NRCS Encourages Producers to Learn about CSP

USDAUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida encourages producers to learn more about the Conservation Stewardship Program. Participants in the program take additional steps to improve resource conditions including soil quality, water quality, water quantity, air quality, and habitat quality, and even energy. One Florida farmer is pleased that he signed up for CSP.


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Grower Talks about Dealing with HLB at Citrus Expo

Jim Snively

Jim Snively

One of the growers who participated as a speaker during the Citrus Expo seminar sessions was Jim Snively, vice president of grove operations for Southern Gardens Citrus. Taylor Hillman talked with him about some of the things they are finding in their dealings with HLB.


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Peanut Crop Update

Tyron Spearman has an update on how the peanut crop is faring across the Southeast.


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Citrus Industry This Week: News from Citrus Expo

The Citrus Industry This Week masthead represents the e-newsletter being sent weekly to growers and industry

Hear reports from the Citrus Expo seminars and learn who won the gun safe giveaway in today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

Putnam Visits with Citrus Industry

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

While many people are attending this year’s Citrus Expo in Ft. Myers, another event that took place last night was the annual Gulf Citrus Growers Association Celebration event. The guest for this year’s event was Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam. Taylor Hillman caught up with him to discuss the issues affecting the citrus industry.


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Citrus Expo Gun Safe Winner

Gun safe winner Matt Moye (center) with Everglades Farm Equipment representatives

Gun safe winner Matt Moye (center) with Everglades Farm Equipment representatives

Congratulations to Matt Moye of Southeast Ag Management, LCC, the winner of the 2014 Citrus Expo John Deere gun safe giveaway. Sponsored by Everglades Farm Equipment, the annual giveaway has become a popular tradition at the trade show. All growers who pre-registered for Citrus Expo were entered into the contest.

Cost-Share Opportunities Discussed at Citrus Expo

citrus-expo-logoSeminar sessions at the 2014 Citrus Expo will pick back up again this morning in Ft. Myers. But during yesterday afternoon’s session, growers were able to learn more about cost-share opportunities for precision nutrient and water management. Darrell Smith, assistant director of the Office of Ag Water Policy with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, spoke about cost-share opportunities, and Taylor Hillman caught up with him afterwards.


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Day Two of Citrus Expo

ce-trade-showIt’s day two of the 2014 Citrus Expo in Ft. Myers. Many folks went through yesterday to see the various booths in the Lee Civic Center and hear the topics discussed during the seminars.


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To learn more about this morning’s seminar program go to www.citrusexpo.net.

Cup of Coffee

coffeeEverett Griner talks about why coffee is 100% imported in today’s Agri View.


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