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Florida Beef Council Hosting Social Media Training

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Florida Beef Council’s Ashley Hughes says promoting beef and the ranching industry in Florida to consumers is the reason for a social media training they are hosting this week.


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Cotton Pickin’ Industry

Cotton GinningEverett Griner talks about the effect on the cotton crop of Gin shortages in today’s Agri View.


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Escambia County 4-H Club Celebrates its Centennial as Oldest Continuous Club in Florida

From the University of Florida:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In 1914, cattle in Escambia County grazed in open fields. The fledgling aviation industry, with its flimsy bi-planes and open-air cockpits, got the first United States Navy flight school in Pensacola. Air-conditioning was mere rumor. And University of Florida Extension agent Ed Finlayson started the Barrineau Park 4-H Club.

A century later, 3,500 head of cattle enjoy Escambia’s fenced-in pastures. Pensacola Naval Air Station trains jet fighter pilots. Escambia residents marvel that anyone ever survived summer without air-conditioning, and Barrineau Park 4-H celebrates its status as Florida’s longest continuously operating 4-H club – and one of the nation’s oldest. Read the rest of this entry »

SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference Planned for 2015

It’s been announced that the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference will return to Savannah, Georgia this coming January.


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Big Range in Crop Conditions

Some areas of the Southeast have seen spotty rains as of late, but as Tyron Spearman reports, there is a big range in crop conditions.


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Vilsack Announces Conservation Funding

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Tom Vilsack

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack hosted a teleconference this afternoon to announce conservation funding to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation through a new Natural Resources Conservation Service Program.


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IFAS Fast Track Registration is Open

Citrus growers are being reminded that the registration period is open for the Second Suite of IFAS FAST TRACK experimental citrus selections for the fresh market.


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Citrus Grower Discusses Crop Condition, HLB and More

Wayne Douberley

Wayne Douberley

Improved crop condition this year, effectiveness of products to combat HLB and the psyllids that spread it, and the need to keep up with all grove issues are addressed by Wayne Douberley with Kahn Citrus Management. He was one of several growers who discussed what is and isn’t working for HLB at a recent grower forum in Sebring.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review September 5

USDA-Week-In-Review-SeptembA weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Watch the video.

Florida Ranchers Concerned with Coyotes

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

Coyotes are a permanent part of Florida’s environment, and thus it’s necessary to understand the ag community’s perception of the influence of them on livestock and wildlife. Dr. Jack Payne, senior vice-president for ag and natural resources at the University of Florida, says that’s why they were involved in a recent survey about these animals.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: 2014 FL School Breakfast Week

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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 schools across Florida will be celebrating Florida School Breakfast Week during September 15 through September 19, 2014.

To learn more, click Florida School Breakfast Week.


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

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Tempting Tastes

citrusEverett Griner talks about better tasting fruits in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending September 5, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports concerning EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, how dry conditions are affecting the peanut crop, and a look at sustainability.

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Groups Release ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Mapping Tool

From the National Pork Producers Council:

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 5, 2014 – The National Pork Producers Council, along with other agricultural groups, today unveiled an interactive website that shows land likely to be regulated by the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) under a proposed rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Read the rest of this entry »

Farmers Reminded about Conservation Certifications

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Farmers are being reminded about taking care of their conservation certifications, as Tyron Spearman has the details .


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FCA Ranch Rodeo Finals and Osceola Heritage Festival

FCAThe Florida Cattlemen’s Association would like to remind everyone about the annual FCA Ranch Rodeo Finals and Osceola Heritage Festival coming up September 26-27th.


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Beef Producer Pleased with Return on Investment

www.mybeefcheckoff.comDid you know many beef producers were pleased to hear the results from the recent ROI study about their Beef Checkoff Program? In this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Cliff Coddington from Sarasota, Florida is one producer very pleased with the results.


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

Possible Vote on WOTUS

The U.S. House may vote next week on a bid to block EPA’s controversial rule to vastly expand its U.S. waters jurisdiction.


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Water Requirements

Water drop from green leafEverett Griner talks about how water requirements vary widely in today’s Agri View.


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GMO Fears are Growing

Fears about GMOs here in the U.S. are growing, as Cindy Zimmerman has the story.


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WOTUS Maps are Smoking Gun for Agriculture

Ashley McDonald

Ashley McDonald

Ashley McDonald with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has more information about the maps the Environmental Protection Agency finally released detailing the extent of the Waters of the U.S. proposal.


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Commissioner Putnam Launches “Florida’s Roadmap to Living Healthy”

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From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Bradenton, FL – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced the launch of an innovative mapping technology to more precisely assess communities in need across Florida.

“Florida’s Roadmap to Living Healthy” uses Geographic Information Systems, or GIS technology, to view data from the statewide view down to the street level and is the first time that a Read the rest of this entry »

Peanut Usage Continues to Climb and Foreign Groups to Visit Southeast Locations

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According to the latest numbers, peanut usage continues to climb. Tyron Spearman has that information along with a story about groups from other countries coming here to tour various peanut facilities.

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Dolcini to Serve as New Farm Service Agency Administrator

Val Dolcini

Val Dolcini

Val Dolcini, who has been the California FSA state executive director for the past 5 years, has been selected to serve as USDA’s new Farm Service Agency Administrator in Washington D.C.


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Citrus Industry This Week: HLB – What Works and What Doesn’t

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 features a summary report of what does and doesn’t work for HLB for Highlands County citrus growers. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

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scrambled eggs, bacon slices, biscuitsEverett Griner talks about the world’s most popular breakfast food in today’s Agri View.


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Helping American Heroes

Cindy Zimmerman has a story today about a man she recently talked with who has been working to help American heroes.


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Cattle Producers Reminded to Enroll for Disaster Assistance Program

Kent Bacus

Kent Bacus

Kent Bacus, with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, wants to remind producers who suffered eligible disaster-related losses that they need to secure assistance by September 30 because on October 1, congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place.


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HLB: What Works and What Doesn’t

Laurie Hurner

Laurie Hurner

A Highlands County grower forum Wednesday focused on what has and hasn’t worked in the HLB fight. Many in the crowd of 40 shared their experiences with HLB. Forum host and Highlands County Extension agent Laurie Hurner summarizes the discussion, which ranged from this year’s crop condition to psyllid control and the search for a “silver bullet.”


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USDA Announces First Quarter Sugar Feedstock Flexibility Program Expectations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation has announced it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program in fiscal year 2015.


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