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Final 2014 Cotton Numbers

Angie Considine

Angie Considine

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) has released the final production figures from the 2014 cotton crop. Angie Considine with NASS in Washington, D.C., reports that the crop was up 26 percent from the previous year.


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Florida Agricultural Biotechnology Literacy and Communication Day

uf-fablcd-2015Plant biotechnology was the topic of discussion during an event held in Gainesville Monday. Josh McGill was there and has this report.


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Florida Farmers Heading to Capitol Hill

From the Florida Farm Bureau Federation:

FFBFGainesville, Fla. – Area farmers and ranchers will speak up for their livelihoods when they visit with the Florida Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. this week.

The May 13-15 visit is part of Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Field to the Hill trip to the nation’s capital. More than 80 Farm Bureau members from across the Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Beef Month Going Well

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

May Beef Month continues in Florida, and Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council is pleased with the ways things have gone thus far.


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Florida Cattlemen to Meet in 5 Weeks

FCAThe Florida Cattlemen’s Association reminds producers and ranchers across the state that their annual convention is just around the corner. It will be held June 16-18 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate. For more information go to floridacattlemen.org.

Weather Philosophy

El Nino phenomenon
Everett Griner talks about forecasting emphasis changing in today’s Agri View.


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Farmer’s Market Phenomenon

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Cathy Isom talks about the Farmer’s Market Phenomenon – why the most traditional way to buy and sell farm products is becoming more popular.


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Florida Forest Service Accepting Applications for Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

FDACSTALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program. The application period runs from today through June 30. The program is available to non-industrial private forest landowners. Read the rest of this entry »

New Highlands County Extension Director

Laurie Hurner

Laurie Hurner

University of Florida/IFAS Highlands County Extension is proud to announce the current citrus Extension agent, Laurie Hurner, has accepted the position of county Extension director (CED). Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Video: USDA Week In Review May 8

A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, USDA Farmers Market opens, singing the praises of unsung heroes, and celebrating Cinco de Mayo.


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Learning from Other Citrus Growers

Vic Story

Vic Story

Vic Story, a grower and caretaker from Polk County, gives a recent example of how he gets production ideas from fellow growers.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: “Don’t Pack a Pest” Campaign

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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 the “Don’t Pack a Pest” campaign, which urges visitors to help prevent unwanted pests and disease from entering Florida.


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To learn more click, Don’t Pack a Pest.

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

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

FFA Opportunity

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Everett Griner talks about precision agriculture, FFA’s future in today’s Agri View.


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Apalachicola Water War Sparks Search for Answers

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By MARGIE MENZEL

news service florida logoTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, May 8, 2015……….A symposium on the Apalachicola Bay and Apalachicola River ended Friday with scientists delving into some of the same issues that a special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court is now considering — how to Read the rest of this entry »

Marion County Legislative Farm Tour

The Marion County Legislative Farm Tour took place Friday, as Southeast AgNet’s Josh McGill was there and has this report.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending May 8, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about new dollars coming to Alabama, Florida and Georgia through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, how to get rid of old paint, oil and other chemicals, and an interesting story about tomato varieties.

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Strong Soil

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What type of soil we build on and its properties goes a long way in determining how strong and safe our structure will be. Today Cathy Isom checks out the role soil plays when it comes to building houses or major structures.


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Florida Lawmakers to Start Back Up on June 1

Sam Ard

Sam Ard

It was announced this week that the Florida House and Senate have agreed to a special legislative session. Sam Ard, director of governmental affairs for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, has more details.


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Statement by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Final Communique by G-20 Agriculture Ministers

ISTANBUL, May 8, 2015 – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement today, May 8, after endorsing the final communique by the G-20 Agriculture Ministers in Istanbul, Turkey:

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Tom Vilsack

“I commend Minister of Agriculture Mehmet Mehdi Eker for hosting this important ministerial on food security. Members of the G-20 represent about 85 percent of global gross domestic product and over 75 percent of world trade, so it is important for us to come together to develop strategies for achieving sustainable food systems and to recognize how Read the rest of this entry »

Deadline to Submit Comments on Dietary Guidelines Is Today

Today is the final day that you can make comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretaries regarding the proposed 2015 Dietary Guidelines.


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For more information go to dietaryguidelines.gov or beefusa.org.

From Where?

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Everett Griner talks about adult education on food production in today’s Agri View.


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EPA Approves Permit for Spinach Protein Tests in Citrus HLB Fight

EPA Grants Experimental Use Permit to Southern Gardens Citrus and Establishes a Temporary Food Safety Tolerance Exemption to Allow Wider Testing of Spinach Defensin Technology Against Citrus Greening Disease

CLEWISTON, Fla. (U. S. Sugar Corp. Release) – May 7, 2015 – In a landmark step in the fight against citrus greening disease, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Southern Gardens Citrus’ (SGC) application for an Experimental Use Permit under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. This allows SGC to move forward in its development of the possible use of a protein derived from spinach that appears to help control this devastating disease.

Citrus greening disease, or Huanglongbing (HLB), is Read the rest of this entry »

American Farm Bureau Rolls Out New Website for GMO’s

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There is a new website designed for farmers to take action. Cathy Isom tells us about it.


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Visit American Farm Bureau’s Get-a-Move On.org website.

NCGA Applauds Senate Bill to Extend Volatility Waiver to E15

From the National Corn Growers Association:

The National Corn Growers Association today thanked Senators Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) for introducing a bill to expand the volatility waiver for E15 ethanol, ultimately increasing consumers’ access higher blends of ethanol year-round.

“We applaud Senators Donnelly, Grassley, and Fischer for their bipartisan efforts to increase the market for ethanol producers and Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Peach Grower Discusses Marketing Order Hearings

Phillip Rucks

Phillip Rucks

We’ve told you that efforts have been underway to possibly start a statewide marketing order for peaches in Florida to help provide resources for marketing and research. Peach grower Phillip Rucks explains why.


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NRCS Official Visits Southeast to Kick Off New Era of Conservation

Leonard Jordan

Leonard Jordan

Leonard Jordan, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) associate chief for conservation, was in Columbus, Ga., this morning for a signing ceremony for a multi-state nationally funded Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Jordan specifically talked about a project that will involve Alabama, Florida and Georgia.


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To learn more about RCPP, click here.

New Direction for Department of Citrus Scientific Division

V.C. Hollingsworth

V.C. Hollingsworth

Shannon Shepp

Shannon Shepp

Doug Ackerman

Doug Ackerman


The Florida Citrus Commission soon will consider a plan for the future of the Florida Department of Citrus’ Scientific Research Division headquartered at Lake Alfred. The plan was proposed by a Scientific Research Advisory Committee chaired by Citrus Commissioner V.C. Hollingsworth. Commenting on the proposed direction for the division are Hollingsworth and Department of Citrus officials Doug Ackerman and Shannon Shepp. Why a plan was needed is addressed, along with the division’s objective, staffing and budget.


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Washington Update on Trade and WOTUS

Kristina Butts

Kristina Butts

Kristina Butts, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Executive Director of Legislative Affairs, says this has been an interesting week in Washington D.C.


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Citrus Industry This Week: Psyllid Control; ‘Evolution’ of 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 a report on using neonics for psyllid control on young trees and thoughts from a grower on the “evolution” of 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.

Taste Questions

red tomatoes
Everett Griner talks about the taste of hybrid tomatoes in today’s Agri View.


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