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Houses Passes Bonus Depreciation Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4718, legislation that will make permanent the fifty percent bonus depreciation of new capital purchases that was created in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.


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Use Genuine Parts for Repairs and Peanuts Included in Heart Check Program

Peanut farmers are being urged to use genuine parts for when repairing equipment, as Tyron Spearman has those details along with information about how peanuts are now included in an American Heart Association program.

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Learning about Food Production

It’s important for consumers to learn about food production, as Cindy Zimmerman has the story.


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Florida Valencia Orange Production up Less than 1 Percent

citrusMark Hudson, USDA/NASS, presented the final numbers for the 2013-14 citrus crop.
Florida All Orange Production Up Less than 1 Percent
Florida Non-Valencia Orange Production Unchanged
Florida Valencia Orange Production up Less than 1 Percent
Florida All Grapefruit Production Up Less than 1 Percent
Florida All Tangerine Production Unchanged
Florida Tangelo Production Unchanged
Florida FCOJ Yield 1.569080 Gallons per Box


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Georgia Cattlemen Searching for New EVP

Josh White

Josh White

Josh White, Executive Vice President of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and Georgia Beef Board, has announced he has accepted a position with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Denver.


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Aquatic Plant Management Society to Hold Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Aquatic Plant Management Society is coming up July 13-16 in Savannah, Georgia. This annual meeting draws scientists, educators, public officials and others interested in invasive aquatic plants, including their impact and effective management techniques. For more information visit www.apms.org.

Acreage Reporting Deadline is Tuesday

Tyron Spearman has a quick reminder about a deadline coming up next week.


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FFVA Responds to U.S. House Failure to Consider Immigration Reform

From the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association:

MAITLAND, FL (July 10, 2014) — Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart announced this afternoon that House Republican leadership does not intend to bring an immigration bill to the floor. The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association issued this statement in response:

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Providing Summertime School Lunches

Due to various efforts, school-aged children across the country are being provided summertime school meals, as Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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USDA Provides 12-Week Progress Update on Disaster Assistance

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided a 12-week progress report on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs today, announcing that USDA has processed 106,000 payments to farmers in 40 states across the country who suffered livestock and grazing losses between October 2011 and passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. Read the rest of this entry »

Opinions of Proposed WOTUS Rule Differ

More than 90 agriculture organizations have submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule.


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Citrus Industry This Week: Four Tips to Help Reduce Drop

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 a report from University of Florida Professor Emeritus Gene Albrigo that discusses four practices that could reduce the Florida citrus fruit drop problem. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

Immigration Reform Not Likely This Year

Dale Moore

Dale Moore

It looks like agriculture will have to go another year without comprehensive immigration reform needed to provide a steady and legal supply of migrant labor.


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Cheesy

cheeseEverett Griner talks about some statistical facts about cheese in today’s Agri View.


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C. Dennis Carlton Named 2014 Florida Farmer of the Year

Dennis Carlton

Dennis Carlton

Cattle rancher, citrus grower and real estate investor C. Dennis Carlton has made a big impact in the city of Tampa and nearby parts of Florida.

A rancher for 40 years, his farming interests include more than 35,000 acres, of which 30,082 acres are rented and some 5,368 acres are owned.

As a result of his success as a cattle and citrus producer, Carlton has been selected as the Florida state winner of the 2014 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award. Carlton joins nine other state winners from the Southeast as Read the rest of this entry »

Getting GMO Questions Answered

Today, Cindy Zimmerman has information on where you can go to get your GMO questions answered.


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NRCS Chief Promoting RCPP

Jason Weller

Jason Weller

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller invites their partners to learn more about the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program.


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Beef Promotion Provides Double Increase

www.mybeefcheckoff.comDid you know beef is being promoted through fun promotions? In our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Richard Meadows from Houston County, Alabama talks about how a restaurant fared from a fun promotional contest in his state.


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

Peanut Hall of Fame Inductees

A couple of folks were recently added to the Peanut Hall of Fame, as Tyron Spearman has the story.


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Gulf Citrus Celebration Coming in August

Ron Hamel

Ron Hamel

The Gulf Citrus Growers Association holds their annual banquet every year in August. But according to their Executive Vice President Ron Hamel, the format for this year’s event has changed a little bit.


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More information about the Gulf Citrus Growers Association Celebration can be found on their website.

Yoho’s Bill Passes House of Representatives

Ted Yoho

Ted Yoho

Washington, DC – Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL-03) teamed up with Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR-5), to pass the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (VMMA) – H. R. 1528, out of the House today. This bill makes modification to the Controlled Substances Act and Drug Enforcement Administration policy that currently prohibits veterinarians from transporting controlled substances to Read the rest of this entry »

New Peace River Citrus Chief Addresses Issues

LeAnna Himrod

LeAnna Himrod

New Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association Executive Director LeAnna Himrod discusses the issues her group faces. HLB and ways to manage it are at the top of her list.


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Worm Alert

Tyron Spearman has a quick note for peanut growers to check your fields for worms.


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Water Magic

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Dowser Rod

Everett Griner talks about dowsing rods making a comeback in today’s Agri View.


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Piglet Disease Pushing Up Pork Prices

The piglet disease, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, is pushing up pork prices as Cindy Zimmerman has more information.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Waters of the U.S. and COOL Updates

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes the latest news on the Waters of the U.S. proposed rule and Counry of Origin Labeling. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Florida Beef Website Offers a Variety of Information

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council wants ranchers and consumers to know there is a lot of information on their new website that’s designed for all of them.


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The new Florida Beef Council website can be found at www.floridabeef.org.

Reducing Citrus Fruit Drop

Gene Albrigo

Gene Albrigo

University of Florida Professor Emeritus Gene Albrigo suggests four practices that might possibly reduce the heavy citrus fruit drop that has plagued Florida citrus growers the past two seasons.


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EPA Administrator Discusses Waters of the U.S.

Gina McCarthy

Gina McCarthy

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy held a press call this morning to preview her trip to Missouri this week to meet with farmers, stakeholders and agribusiness leaders to discuss Waters of the U.S. The proposed rule, which is designed to clarify and protect our nation’s waters under the Clean Water Act, has been questioned by many in agriculture. She explains in her talk why they are moving forward with the rule.


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Cotton Progress Coming Along

Brad Rippey

Brad Rippey

Looking at the latest crop conditions report, USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says the cotton crop is doing slightly better this week.


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