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Southeast AgNet This Week: CSP Signup Extended; Dietary Guidelines

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on extended Conservation Stewardship Program deadlines as well as concerns the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has on recommendations for dietary guidelines. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

New Networking Tool to Bring Women in Agriculture Together

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USDA Deputy Ag Secretary Krista Harden has created a new networking tool to bring women in Agriculture together. Cathy Isom tells us how this came about and how it works. Share your suggestions, stories and other snippets on how USDA can build a new generation of women in agriculture at agwomenlead@usda.gov.


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NCC: No Adverse Farm Law Changes or Budget Reductions

From the National Cotton Council:

WASHINGTON, DC – With producers now making critical decisions on the new farm law’s various program options and with program election and sign-up deadlines still ahead, it would be highly disruptive and punitive to make adverse policy changes or budget reductions while the new farm law is being implemented.

That was the assessment conveyed here today on behalf of the National Cotton Council (NCC) by Ronnie Lee, a Bronwood, Ga., cotton producer, in testimony he presented during the Read the rest of this entry »

Crop Insurance Closing Date Is February 28

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

USDA is reminding farmers that the closing date for crop insurance for most crops is coming up February 28. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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USDA Extends Deadline for CSP General Signup

usda-logoThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced today that it has extended the deadline for general Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) sign-up applications until March 13. CSP is also offering a renewal option through March 31 for eligible agricultural producers and forest landowners with expiring CSP contracts.


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Is Spinach the Answer for Citrus Greening?

Researchers at many universities are working on a citrus greening cure, but among the most aggressive and unusual experiments are those being conducted at Texas A&M University and Southern Gardens Citrus by Dr. Erik Mirkov. He alters the DNA of an orange by adding a gene found in spinach. The gene appears to be resistant to the greening bacteria.


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Florida Beef Council Approves 2015 Marketing Plan

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

The Florida Beef Council Board has approved its 2015 marketing plan, and Ashley Hughes says they are thrilled to start working on this year’s plan to really promote beef across the state.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review February 20

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A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, the 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum. Check out the video.

Busy Girl

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Everett Griner talks about how wires changed farm life in today’s Agri View.


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USDA Designates 3 Counties in Georgia as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Florida

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Atkinson, Coffee and Ware counties in Georgia as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by excessively dry weather and drought that occurred from Read the rest of this entry »

The New Green Revolution?

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Cathy Isom tells us how advances in agricultural, biotechnology and data are showing signs that a new Green Revolution could be on the way.


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USDA Seeks Grant Proposals to Increase Recreational Public Access on Private Agricultural, Forest Lands

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $20 million is being made available to improve wildlife habitat and enhance public access for recreational opportunities on privately held and operated farm, ranch and forest lands. Funding is available to state and tribal governments through the Read the rest of this entry »

Fruit Drop Quantified in Two Citrus Groves

Tripti Vashisth

Tripti Vashisth

A scientist has quantified what most Florida citrus growers can’t – the percentage of fruit lost to HLB-induced fruit drop. University of Florida researcher Tripti Vashisth reports on fruit drop in two Polk County groves.


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NCBA: Dietary Guidelines Recommendations Are Misleading

Last week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s report. The report is a recommendation to the department secretaries as they develop the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that will be released later this year. According to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, unfortunately, the report is inconsistent, and if adopted, will lead to conflicting dietary advice.


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Students Use National FFA Week to Share Importance of Agriculture

From the National FFA Organization:

ffa-logoINDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Feb. 23, 2015/National FFA Organization) – More than a half-million students in all 50 states will share the importance of agriculture in our daily lives, spread their passion for agriculture and host communitywide events to help others in need this week.

It’s National FFA Week and a host of activities are planned to raise awareness about Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: New Fresh From Florida Marketing Campaign

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Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about the new campaign promoting “Fresh From Florida” products.


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

Sell By…

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Everett Griner talks about disposable dates on packages not set in stone in today’s Agri View.


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Soil in the City

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You could soon be seeing more backyard and community gardens cropping up in urban areas. Cathy Isom tells us why.


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Two Nematodes That Can Cause Citrus Problems

Larry Duncan

Larry Duncan

University of Florida researcher Larry Duncan discusses two nematodes in citrus groves. One has increased its population in recent years, and another poses more threats in the face of HLB.


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Farm Bill Safety-Net Deadlines Approaching for Florida Farmers

usda-logoUSDA’s Farm Service Agency State Executive Director in Florida, Rick Dantzler, wants to remind producers of upcoming important deadlines for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC).


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Citrus Bloom May Be Biggest Concern from Cold Night

Andrew Meadows

Andrew Meadows

Temperatures apparently failed to reach citrus-damaging levels Thursday night and Friday morning, but there is some concern about bloom. Florida Citrus Mutual spokesman Andrew Meadows reports.


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Concerns with Proposal to Ship Fresh and Frozen Beef Continue

Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

The 2015 Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show kicks off today in Huntsville. And of course a variety of issues will be discussed, including concerns about allowing a couple of countries to ship fresh and frozen beef into the U.S. One of the speakers at this year’s event, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Colin Woodall, explains.


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Farm Vacation

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Everett Griner talks about agri-tourism still growing in today’s Agri View.


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Year-Round Fruits and Veggies

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Cathy Isom explains why we’re seeing more of our favorite fresh fruit and vegetables year-round in the supermarket.


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Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam’s Statement on the Passage of House Bill 7003 by the House Appropriations Committee

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam released the following statement in response to the House Appropriation Committee’s passage of House Bill 7003.

“I thank Chairman Corcoran, Rep. Caldwell and the House Appropriations Committee for supporting a water policy bill that will secure the supply and quality of Florida’s water for generations to come. Florida’s water is one of our most precious resources, and the management and oversight of water quality and conservation has been and always will be a partnership.

“I’m grateful to Senate President Gardiner and House of Representatives Speaker Crisafulli for making water policy a top priority this legislative session.”

USDA Video: USDA Market News, 100 Years: the Trusted Source – Then, Now & Always

This seven-minute film gives an overview of USDA’s Market News program, with visits to Produce Wholesale markets, a livestock auction and the Chicago Board of Trade.

Cold Weather Pushes into the Southeast

As many of us know, the latest wave of cold weather hitting this week is having an impact here in the Southeast. Susan Carter has the story.


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AgMIP Experts Coming to Florida

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

In recent years, computer technology has begun to help agricultural producers solve dilemmas as old as farming itself. And next week, agricultural systems modeling experts with the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Program, otherwise known as AgMIP, will be on the University of Florida campus to discuss their latest findings. UF’s Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Jack Payne says this is a great story.


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Citrus Industry This Week: Pruning Advice for HLB Trees; Freeze Warning

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

Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week includes details on the best pruning level to rehab HLB-infected citrus trees and a report on how citrus growers are preparing for tonight’s expected cold temperatures. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

Expired!

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Everett Griner talks about “Use By” date is not official in today’s Agri View.


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