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Ag in Review for the Week Ending April 29, 2016

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about Vidalia® onions, the Beef Quality Assurance program, farm camps, Ostrich farming, Read the rest of this entry »

Home-Made Fertilizer

fertilizerWhy would you spend tons of money going out to buy fertilizer? Cathy Isom tells us how to create our own all-natural fertilizer.


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University of Florida Looking at BQA Program

cattle ranchingWe told you a couple of weeks ago that the University of Florida was working with the Beef Quality Assurance program, in conjunction with other universities across the country, to see how it’s doing. Dwain Johnson, UF professor of meat science, says the effort is to see if there are areas that the BQA program needs to concentrate on in the future.


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El Niño Fading

El NiñoEverett Griner talks about what is next after El Niño fades in today’s Agri View.


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Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

ruralCathy Isom tells us about the American Farm Bureau’s Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. The competition is to help rural startups in food and agriculture across the country.


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BQA Certification Important for Consumer Interest

bqa-logoWe’ve spent the past few weeks talking about the Beef Quality Assurance program, or BQA, and why cattle producers should become certified. And today, we look at why the consumer is a very good reason.


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Subcommittee Examines Factors Impacting Cost of Production

house-committee-on-agOn Wednesday, Rep. Rodney Davis from Illinois, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, held a hearing to highlight the positive and negative factors impacting cost of production.


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Manager Wanted for Babcock Ranch

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The Florida Department of Agriculture has announced it is accepting applications to manage the Babcock Ranch. The 70,000-acre ranch is located in Charlotte and Lee counties. Assistant Commissioner and Chief of Staff Mike Joyner says the department hopes to have a rancher to lease and manage the property as early as July. Proposals can be submitted to The Florida Department of Agriculture’s Division of Administration.


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Georgia Governor: Maybe Rubio Should Face a Gag Order

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA:

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday made a rare public comment about his state’s ongoing battle with Florida and Alabama over the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system, which the three states share.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reporters asked Deal at a bill-signing event about last week’s proposal by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., to require the governors of the three states to Read the rest of this entry »

65th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course is Next Week

uf-straughn-buildingThe University of Florida/IFAS department of animal sciences will host the 65th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course next week. The event will be take place May 4-6 at the Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center in Gainesville.


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Mr. Peanut Turns 100

mr-peanutMr. Peanut turns 100 this year, as he got his start back in 1916 when schoolboy Antonio Gentile submitted his sketch to win the Planters contest for a brand icon. A commercial artist later added a top hat, a monocle and a cane. Tyron Spearman looks at some of things this icon has been known for over the years.


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Ostrich Farming

OstrichEverett Griner talks about Ostrich farming having possibilities in the United States in today’s Agri View.


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