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South Georgia-North Florida Dairy Workshop

Here’s a reminder for dairy producers that coming up August 19 from 4pm-8pm and August 20 from 10am-2pm, the South Georgia/North Florida English/Spanish Dairy Milkers’ Workshop will be held. It all starts at the Brooks County Ag Center in Quitman, GA and concluded at Brooksco Dairy in Quitman. The workshop will Read the rest of this entry »

Syngenta Bringing New Fungicide to Peanut Growers

Elatus_brandsignature_1cSyngenta is excited to soon be bringing a brand new fungicide to peanut growers. It’s called “Elatus” and they are hoping for registration to come sometime early next year.


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To learn more about this new product go to syngenta.com.

UF/IFAS-developed Web Tool Can Help Strawberry Growers

Natalia Peres, UF/IFAS associate professor of plant pathology, shows a container of strawberries.

Natalia Peres, UF/IFAS associate professor of plant pathology, shows a container of strawberries.

Strawberry growers with an average 26-acre farm can save up to $1.7 million over a 10-year period by using a University of Florida IFAS-developed web system.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review August 8

A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


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Cotton Transition Assistance Program Enrollment Begins Monday

cottonUSDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan Garcia has announced that starting Monday, farmers can enroll in the Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP).


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For more information about CTAP, visit your local FSA office or go online to www.fsa.usda.gov.

2013 U.S. Farm Expenditures

USDA recently announced that U.S. farmers spent $367.3 billion on agricultural production in 2013.


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Modern Cowboy

cowboy-on-horsebackEverett Griner talks about how the image of the cowboy has changed in today’s Agri View.


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New Beef-Chicken Burger

Cindy Zimmerman has a story today about a new burger, which some hopes will please both beef ands chicken lovers.


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To learn more go to www.clucknmoo.net.

Restoring Longleaf Pine Earns Landowners Incentive Payments

From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida:

Private landowners can apply for incentive payments to restore longleaf pine in the Ocala region including: Alachua, Brevard, Citrus, Clay, Hernando, Lake, Levy, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Polk, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia counties. Applications are due to the Florida Forest Service by Read the rest of this entry »

Southeast Peanut Crop Update

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

During a meeting held this week, Tyron Spearman reports an update was given on how the peanut crop looks right now in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama.


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Agricultural Producers in Florida Still Have Time to Apply for Direct Farm Ownership Loan Program

From USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Florida:

(Gainesville, FL), Aug. 07, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Florida Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Rick Dantzler, today announced that farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest 2014 loans available through FSA’s direct farm ownership program. The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 30, 2014.

Eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct new farm buildings or Read the rest of this entry »

Precision Management of Fertigation to Be Discussed at Citrus Expo

Arnold Schumann

Arnold Schumann

Citrus Expo is coming up next week and during the seminars, University of Florida’s Arnold Schumann is scheduled to give his presentation Wednesday morning. His topic will be precision management of fertigation.


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For more information about Citrus Expo, August 13-14 in Ft. Myers, go to citrusexpo.net.

Citrus Industry This Week: Nutrient Overdose Research; Psyllids with HLB

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 information on nutrient overdose research projects that are resulting in new growth on HLB-infected citrus trees, as well as a report on the percentage of psyllids infected with HLB. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

Vilsack Gives Report on Farm Bill Implementation

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

On Wednesday U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack gave a 6-month update on the new farm bill. Gary Crawford has this story on where we are in the process of implementing it.


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Nut Research

Pecan OrchardEverett Griner talks about how nut farming is rapidly growing in today’s Agri View.


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Social Media Efforts Promoting Beef Message

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know there are various social media efforts to help consumers better understand the beef industry? Emilia Dover from Chatsworth, Georgia knows the importance of getting the beef message out to consumers and feels the social media aspect is a great way of doing just that.


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To learn more about your beef checkoff go to mybeefcheckoff.com.

Connecting Urban Youngsters to Agriculture

Efforts have been underway to connect urban youth to agriculture as Cindy Zimmerman has the story.


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Ram Certified Agriculture Dealers

dodge-ram-logo-2Dodge trucks are following up on their widely popular Super Bowl ad by focusing on the agriculture community. Gary Cooper reports.


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To learn more about the Certified Agricultural Dealership Program, visit their website.

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

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Escambia, Jackson and Santa Rosa counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain that occurred from April 4, 2014, through May 2, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Updating Farm Bill Implementation at 6-Month Mark

Vilsack

Tom Vilsack

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced continued progress on implementing the 2014 Farm Bill. He was pleased to report that they’ve made tremendous progress in the first six months since the Farm Bill was signed.


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Submit Comments to Stop EPA from Expanding Clean Water Act Authority

From the Florida Cattlemen’s Association:

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently proposed an expansion of their federal authority over “waters of the U.S.” The agencies have proposed to redefine the definition of “Waters of the United States,” and that new definition would require cattle ranchers to get the permission of the federal government anytime they needed to expand, do maintenance, or perform routine activities like driving a tractor through a pasture.

Almost all activities on our open land will now Read the rest of this entry »

UF/IFAS Study Shows Flavor Trumps Health for Blueberry Buying

blueberriesAccording to new research from the University of Florida, taste trumps health benefits for blueberry buyers, sending a strong message that fruit consumers value flavor most.


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Sugar Association Calls for Withdrawal of Added Sugars Labeling

sugarThe Sugar Association has filed comments in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s Proposed Rule, Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels.


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To view SA’s comments and supplemental information in its entirety click here.

Dust Days

dust storm hits farmlandEverett Griner talks about modern farming preventing another dust bowl in today’s Agri View.


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New USDA Conservation Program Receives Nearly 600 Proposals

USDAAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week that USDA’s new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) has drawn an overwhelming response from partners across the nation. Nearly 5,000 organizations partnered together to submit nearly 600 pre-proposals by the July deadline.


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Nutrient Overdoses for New Growth

Jude Grosser

Jude Grosser

University of Florida researcher Jude Grosser discusses greenhouse and field experiments that examine the interaction of nutrition and rootstocks in HLB-infected citrus trees. He says he is seeing some interesting results so far with certain nutrient overdoses.


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National Peanut Board Launches New Website

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The National Peanut Board has launched a new website which offers resources to help understand and manage food allergies. Tyron Spearman has the story.


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Florida Beef Council Receives Federation Grants

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Trying to make beef checkoff dollars stretch to conduct various promotions and programs is hard. But Florida Beef Council’s Ashley Hughes says they received great news last week as a few extra dollars will be coming to them to help out.


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Endangered!

Farm Worker With Herd Of CowsEverett Griner talks about county extension agents being in decline in today’s Agri View.


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Florida Students Win State Speech Contest

From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida:

Students ages 15 to 17 from Okeechobee, Manatee, Gilchrist and Jackson counties in Florida competed at the state level last Saturday in Ocala, Fla., during the annual Association of Florida Conservation District meeting. Students had won first place in their local Soil and Water District contests and then their Read the rest of this entry »

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