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Citrus Group Shares Knowledge, Strategy on HLB

A citrus “knowledge sharing” group decides on a strategy for HLB, the Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) is told Tuesday. The CRDF also learns how much Florida Citrus Mutual is asking the Florida Legislature for in the battle against HLB.


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More Pressure on Legislators to Fight EPA Rules

Energy industry leaders are pressing state legislators to fight President Obama’s EPA rules and the grassroots effort could boost agriculture in its fight with EPA over the pending Waters of the U.S. rule.


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Turf Grass

Sod for a New LawnEverett Griner talks about turf grass in today’s Agri View.


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Farm Rock Stars

Peterson Farm Brothers

Peterson Farm Brothers

The Peterson Farm Brothers are siblings who farm with their parents in Kansas, but as Cindy Zimmerman reports, they have become quite the farm rock stars.


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USDA Citrus Disease Subcommittee Meets on FY 2015 Research Agenda, Budget Priorities

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2014 – USDA is announcing that the Citrus Disease Subcommittee is meeting Dec. 9-10 in Lake Alfred, Fl., to consider and make recommendations for the Fiscal Year 2015 research agenda, budget, and annual priorities for the Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program. This will be the second meeting of the Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Video: USDA Week In Review December 5

USDA-Week-in-ReviewA weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, lighting the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, turning wood waste into high strength material, and helping veterans get into farming. Read the rest of this entry »

Waters of the U.S. Proposal gets More Attention on Capitol Hill

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

The EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” proposal and its associated interpretive rules and guidance is still getting lots of attention on Capitol Hill. Gary Crawford has the story.


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Volusia 4-H Members Tour Kennedy Space Center with USDA Official

From the University of Florida/IFAS:

Photo courtesy Laura Cash, UF/IFAS Volusia County 4-H Extension agent

Photo courtesy Laura Cash, UF/IFAS Volusia County 4-H Extension agent

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Five Volusia County 4-H youth spent the kind of day most children only dream about ? touring the Kennedy Space Center and hoping to watch the launch of the Orion Spacecraft test flight.

The launch was delayed, but 4-H members Kaitlyn Jackson, 13; Jonathan Murdock, 13; AJ Seifert, 12; Joshua Lacey, 12, and Olivia Hall, 12, met with U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, a 4-H alumna from Georgia. Harden saw the Dec. 4 tour as a chance to connect with Read the rest of this entry »

Citrus Guide and Much More in December Citrus Industry

The annual Citrus Guide containing contact information for Florida citrus industry organizations is just one of the highlights in the December issue of Citrus Industry magazine. Articles address postbloom fruit drop, the federal Food Safety Modernization Act, and citrus grown in screenhouses. There’s also a grower profile. Editor Ernie Neff reports.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Proposed Changes to Clean Water Act

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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 how the EPA’s proposed changes to the Clean Water Act could affect Florida.


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It’s Paying Off

Genetically Modified food (GMO foods)Everett Griner talks about G.M.O. science proving beneficial in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending December 5, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, USDA has once again extended the deadline for the Dairy Margin Protection Program, US Tobacco Cooperative is issuing a call for redemption of certificates, and we look at changing fruit trends.

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Vilsack on Signup Deadline Extension for Dairy Program

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Tom Vilsack

Yesterday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the deadline for the Dairy Margin Protection Program has been extended again. Producers now have until December 19 to sign up.


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U.S. Tobacco Cooperative Issues Call for Certificate Redemption

tobacco-plantBack in the late 1970s, the Flue Cured Tobacco Cooperative Stabilization Corporation issued Certificates of Interest in Capital Reserve to its members who delivered tobacco to Stabilization for the crop years of 1967 through 1973. Now, Ed Kacsuta, CFO of U.S. Tobacco Cooperative, says a call is being issued for redemption of those certificates.


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Up-Up-Up

inflationEverett Griner talks about wide price increases effecting everything in today’s Agri View.


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Running Out of Water: UGA Researchers Look to Mother Nature for Help

From the University of Georgia:

Athens, Ga. – Fresh water, a critical resource for life on Earth, may soon become dangerously scarce. Water use has been growing at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century, and by 2025, the demand for fresh water will exceed available resources for two-thirds of the world population, according to the United Nations.

Now, thanks in part to a $1.5 million collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation, researchers at the University of Georgia, the University of California at Riverside, the University of Texas and the Read the rest of this entry »

Florida NRCS Staff Includes an Archaeologist

Shannon Dunn

Shannon Dunn

Dr. Shannon Dunn is the cultural resources specialist/archaeologist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida. She explains why it’s important to have an archaeologist on staff and how they can help landowners across the state.


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Citrus Breeder Discusses HLB-Tolerant Rootstocks

Jude Grosser

Jude Grosser

University of Florida scientist Jude Grosser tells how experimental rootstocks exhibited during a December 3 field day perform compared to conventional commercial rootstocks. He also emphasizes the need for good nutrition and psyllid control in the effort to keep trees productive in the face of HLB.


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Update on Key Tax Extenders

Kent Bacus

Kent Bacus

Yesterday the House of Representatives passed a short-term extension of several key tax credits. But National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Director of Legislative Affairs, Kent Bacus, was hoping for a longer term solution.


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USDA Extends Application Deadline for Dairy Margin Protection Program to Dec. 19

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2014 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the application deadline for the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) will be extended until Dec. 19, 2014. The program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of Read the rest of this entry »

Citrus Industry This Week: Alico Acquisitions; Rootstock Field Day

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 Alico’s three acquisitions and a report from a University of Florida Rootstock Field Day. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

Changing Fruit Trends

Persimmon tree with fruitEverett Griner talks about common fruits gaining in popularity in today’s Agri View.


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With Passage of Tax Extenders Stopgap, ASA Calls for Longer-Term Solution

From the American Soybean Association:

WASHINGTON (December 3, 2014) – In response to the passage of a short-term extension of several key tax credits by the House of Representatives today, the American Soybean Association (ASA) expressed both its appreciation for a fix in the near term, and disappointment in the Read the rest of this entry »

Protecting Pollinators

James Tillman

James Tillman

Three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Regional Conservationist for the Southeast, James Tillman, says NRCS is working to help protect those pollinators. Cindy Zimmerman has the story.


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Citrus Rootstocks Show HLB Tolerance

Jude Grosser, right, discusses the trials

Jude Grosser, right, discusses the trials

Busloads of growers and nurserymen got a close view of trees on rootstocks that appear to have HLB tolerance during a Citrus Research and Education Center Field Day Wednesday.


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Beef Chef Talks Holiday Meals

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to Know Your Beef Checkoff,” Dave Zino, executive chef for the Beef Checkoff, discusses how beef can make a great choice for upcoming holiday meals.


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

Cotton Continues to Compete Against Synthetics

Vikki Martin

Vikki Martin

Vikki Martin, director of quality research and product evaluation for Cotton Incorporated, explains how the real competition for cotton continues to be man-made fibers.


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E15 Debuts in Florida

From the Renewable Fuels Association:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Protec Fuel will begin to offer E15 in Florida at retail stations in Ft. Meyers and Sarasota. E15 (15 percent ethanol) is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in vehicles 2001 and newer. In addition to E15, consumers will also be able to purchase E85 (85 percent ethanol) at these stations for use in Read the rest of this entry »

Alico Inc. Announces Three Strategic Acquisitions

FORT MYERS, Fla., Dec. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Alico, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALCO, “Alico” or “the company”), an agriculture and natural resources company, today announced the acquisition of three Florida citrus producers for total consideration of approximately $363 million. These acquisitions will make Alico’s citrus division the largest citrus producer in the United States, with total pro forma 2014 production of 10 million boxes annually. Read the rest of this entry »

For Sale

red old rusty tractor in a fieldEverett Griner talks about the demand growing for used farm equipment in today’s Agri View.


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