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Trade Mission Scheduled to Columbia

In an effort to capitalize on the recent free-trade agreement signed with Columbia, applications are being taken from Florida and Georgia growers for a trade mission to the South American Country in September.

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Webinar on Getting Started with Sesame Street Promotion

The Produce Marketing Association will hold a web seminar on Thursday, April 17 to inform produce industry marketers and retailers about promotion opportunities with the Sesame Street brand.

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New Contest for May Beef Month in Florida

Ashley HughesAshley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council has a sneak peek at an exciting new contest they will be holding to go in line with May Beef Month in Florida.

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Sign-Up Begins Today for USDA Disaster Assistance Programs Restored by Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that starting today, eligible farmers and ranchers can sign up for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs restored by passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. Read the rest of this entry »

EPA Water Rules Discussed by Cattlemen and Women

Ashley McDonaldThe National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Legislative Conference was held last week and NCBA’s Ashley McDonald looks at one of the issues discussed. That being the EPA’s rule on waters of the United States.

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Farm for Fun

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Everett Griner tells us how farms provide more than just food.

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Be Patient When it Comes to Planting

Tyron SpearmanWhile the calendar shows it’s mid-April, and while temperatures across the Southeast have been a bit warmer, the forecast is for cooler temps to drop across a large part of our region once again. And as Tyron Spearman reports, farmers are being encouraged to be patient when it comes to planting this year’s crop.

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Future Farmers

Krysta HardenMany are concerned about the future of farming, just who will take over this huge responsibility? USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden says there is a farm bill program that addresses this issue.

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National Cotton Council Pleased with Farm Bill Education Meetings

Craig Brown
Vice President of Producer Affairs for the National Cotton Council gives a recap of their recently held farm bill education meetings.

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New Favorable Forecast for Cotton Growers

USDA Economist Joe GlauberUSDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber has this report regarding the new and more favorable forecast for U.S. cotton growers.

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Tax Reductions Theme of Florida’s 2014 Legislative Session

Matt CaldwellBill Montford Jim BoydAs Florida’s legislative session enters the home stretch with only 18 days left, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Bill Montford, House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee Chairman Matt Caldwell, and House State Affairs Committee Chairman Jim Boyd, all offer their views about how a couple of different tax cutting bills will affect the ag sector.

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Still Discussing Animal Traceability in Florida

Wes Williamson
President of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, Wes Williamson, talks about an issue that’s being discussed concerning animal traceability in the state.

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University of Florida and ABAC Recognized at NAMA

NAMAThe 2014 Agri-Marketing Conference wrapped up in Jacksonville over the weekend, and some of the closing highlights included the Student Agri-Marketing Competition. The University of Florida represented the southeastern region well with a fifth place finish. UF also came in third for the Outstanding Student Chapter Award and the John Deere Signature Award for pursuing excellence in areas such as business knowledge, academic achievement, leadership development and community citizenship. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College was recognized for fourth place.

Fresh From Florida Campaign Continues

FL Ag Commissioner Adam PutnamOn this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks about a continuing marketing initiative designed to amplify the branding of the state’s agricultural products under the “Fresh From Florida” umbrella. Television ads, featuring Florida seafood and produce being prepared for dinner, show consumers how easy it is to get a fresh, delicious and healthy meal on the table.

For more information and to view the new TV spots, click on Fresh From Florida Recipes.

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

Signup for Livestock Producers Begins Tuesday

Dale MooreThe U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds farmers and ranchers they can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning this Tuesday, April 15th. American Farm Bureau’s Dale Moore says cattle folks have had more than three-years of disasters.

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Peanut Referendum Deadline is Friday

Tyron Spearman
Peanut farmers who have yet to vote in the national referendum are being reminded the deadline to do so is this coming Friday. Tyron Spearman has the details.

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Saddle Up

Everett Griner gives a bit of history of the horse in America, and what it is used for mostly today.

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Ag in Review for the Week Ending April 11, 2014

A highlight of agricultural news for this week from around the Southeast.

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We’re in a Race to Save Florida’s Signature Crop

Here is a statement by Florida Commissioner Adam Putnam concerning the state’s citrus industry:

FL Ag Commissioner Adam PutnamFlorida has been synonymous with citrus for centuries, but today, the industry is at a crisis point.

Due to the spread of citrus greening, production of Florida oranges is half of what it was two decades ago. At its peak, the citrus industry produced nearly 250 million boxes of oranges, but this week’s updated forecast Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Legislature Taking a Week Break

Sam ArdSam Ard, Director of Governmental Affairs for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, explains why the Florida Legislature will be taking a break next week.

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And when they return, the budget will be one of the main priorities before the session ends, As a matter of fact, Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Announces Release Date for the Final 2012 Census of Agriculture Report

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will publish the 2012 Census of Agriculture full report on May 2, at Noon ET. The complete data series will be available in multiple formats, including Quick Stats 2.0 – an online database to retrieve customized tables with Census data at the national, state and county levels. Read the rest of this entry »

Citrus Expo Seminars to Focus on HLB

Ray Royce

Ways to cope with greening disease, or HLB, will be the focus of Citrus Expo seminars Aug. 13-14. Citrus Expo Seminar Committee Vice-Chairman Ray Royce provides an overview.

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UF/IFAS to celebrate 100 years of Extension

This is a release from the University of Florida IFAS:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Alligators, an insect-petting zoo and lunch prepared by a former White House chef are among the highlights of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ 100th Anniversary of Florida Extension celebration at the Plaza of the Americas April 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act on May 8, 1914, creating the Cooperative Extension Service, which, Read the rest of this entry »

Deal with Bicarbonates to Help Cope with HLB

Kelly Morgan

At the recent Florida Citrus Growers’ Institute, University of Florida researcher Kelly Morgan shared suggestions for dealing with bicarbonates in order to help cope with HLB, or greening disease. He summarizes his comments in this report.

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Changing Markets

While U.S. meat consumption is down, exports are up. Everett Griner explains.

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Learning about Farm Bill Programs

Tyron SpearmanFarmers across the Southeast have been attending various meetings trying to learn more about the new farm bill programs. Tyron Spearman looks at some of the areas which have been discussed.

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NCBA Talks Trade at Legislative Conference

Bob McCanCattlemen and women from across the country have been in our nation’s capitol this week for the annual National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Legislative Conference. NCBA President Bob McCan says one toipic of discussion centered around trade issues.

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Producers Need to be Aware of Some Tax Changes for 2014

With the tax deadline looming, most farmers are still consumed by their 2013 numbers, but there’s already a major change to think about for 2014.

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More Blueberries and Peaches being Grown in Florida

Dean Saunders

Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate President Dean Saunders discusses where they are seeing growth in Florida’s specialty crop sector.

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Communication and Awareness Key in Reducing Risk to Pollinators

bees The issue of pollinator health complex and varied and affects to just about everyone in the crop sector, which is why communication is key.

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