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USDA to Launch New Farm Bill Program to Help Provide Relief to Farmers Affected by Severe Weather

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the implementation of a new Farm Bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought. The Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting next spring, allows eligible producers who have been hit with severe weather to receive a higher approved yield on their Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Holds Beef 101 Course

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

The Florida Beef Council held a Beef 101 course today, an event Ashley Hughes was pleased with.


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Commissioner Putnam Recognizes Florida’s Forest Industry During National Forest Products Week

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Tallahassee, FL – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Forest Service are celebrating the benefits of Florida’s forest industry this week during National Forest Products Week.

“Florida’s forest industry produces significant economic and environmental benefits for this state,” Commissioner Putnam said. “The industry’s $16 billion economic impact supports Read the rest of this entry »

Import Problems

Red Imported Fire Ants

Red Imported Fire Ants

Everett Griner talks about imported insects and disease costing millions in today’s Agri View.


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New “Produce Innovation Award” for Growers Offers $10K and More to Winner

BAYER CROPSCIENCE LP LOGOIn a new effort to recognize growers of fruits, vegetables, tree nuts and potatoes whose innovative practices enhance the role of produce in creating better lives through improved yield or quality, better availability or increased demand, Bayer Crop Science opens the application process today for its new Produce Innovation Awards program. Read on to learn more about the award worth $10,000 in cash and a whole lot more to the winning grower. Hear Bayer’s Senior Product Manager Steve Olsen comments.

Optimistic about Fruit Drop

Jim Graham

Jim Graham

There are still many concerns about how much of this citrus crop will be lost to fruit drop. But University of Florida scientist Jim Graham explains why he’s optimistic that premature fruit drop may not be as bad this year compared to the previous two seasons.


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Businessman-Rancher Preserves Old Fla., Panther Corridor

From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida:

Dwayne House walks along the Caloosahatchee River on his ranch where he has created a conservation easement that will protect a crossing for the endangered Florida panther

Dwayne House walks along the Caloosahatchee River on his ranch where he has created a conservation easement that will protect a crossing for the endangered Florida panther

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Oct. 20, 2014–Dwayne House has lived everything he dreamed of. A successful businessman, an international investor in power generation, construction, oil exploration, agriculture; it would be hard to name a place in the world he hasn’t been. But he will be the first to tell you that wealth isn’t measured in money. It is having that ability to control your own time. And what he wants to do with his is to be a rancher. “I am very independent; and independence and ranching go together,” he said.

It was a challenge. Dwayne was one of 10 children growing up in Middleton, Md. “We were poor and didn’t know it,” he said. But when he was 8 Dwayne knew he was going to be in international business and travel the world. He worked his way through college studying economics and Read the rest of this entry »

NPPC Urges White House, Congress To Fix COOL Law

From the National Pork Producers Council:

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 20, 2014 – Following the release today of the World Trade Organization’s decision on the U.S. meat labeling law, the National Pork Producers Council urged the Obama administration and Congress to fix the law to avoid trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico.

As expected, the WTO ruled that the mandatory Country-Of-Origin Labeling (COOL) statute violates U.S. international Read the rest of this entry »

University of Florida-IFAS Hires World Bank Expert

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

The University of Florida/IFAS has hired a World Bank fisheries expert to lead its new Food Systems Hub. Dr. Jack Payne, UF’s senior vice-president for ag and natural resources explains.


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Statement by NCBA President Bob McCan on WTO U.S. COOL Decision

WASHINGTON (Oct. 20, 2014) – Statement by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Bob McCan, Victoria, Texas, cattleman regarding the public announcement by the WTO on the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rule:

“The announcement today by the WTO dispute panel on the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rule brings us all one step closer to facing retaliatory tariffs from two of our largest trading partners. Our producers have already suffered discounts and faced the closure of a number of Read the rest of this entry »

Citrus Growers Urged to Sign Up for TAP Dollars

Rick Dantzler

Rick Dantzler

It’s been a month since USDA announced new financial support for Florida citrus growers impacted by citrus greening. And State Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency in Florida, Rick Dantzler, is urging growers who have yet to sign up to do so.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Prescribed Fire

Putnam

Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about how the Florida Forest Service oversees prescribed burning to protect Florida’s forests.


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Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Try Again

Asian-citrus-psyllid-nymphsEverett Griner talks about citrus greening still threatening the industry in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending October 17, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we hear from this year’s Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year, provide information about 45 state cattlemen’s associations sending a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, along with looking at how it’s a good year for pumpkins and more.

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Barn Owls Helping with Rodent Control

owlsBarn owls are helping some farmers save quite a few dollars when it comes to rodent control. Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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Cattle Producers Urged to Get Involved in Preserving the Checkoff

Philip Ellis

Philip Ellis

We told you earlier this week that 45 state cattlemen’s associations had sent a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging him not to issue an order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President-Elect Philip Ellis from Wyoming explains what the letter is all about.


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Peanut Harvest Update

Tyron Spearman has an update on how the peanut harvest is progressing.


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Citrus Veterans Share Stories

Legacy-lunch

Former orange juice spokesperson Anita Bryant and the late Ben Hill Griffin Jr. were among topics of discussion when approximately 35 citrus industry veterans gathered at Florida Southern College Friday. Of course, there were also tales of hoeing citrus trees as youngsters. The occasion was the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame’s Legacy Luncheon, touted as an opportunity to see old friends and share industry stories. Orlando grower Jerry Chicone discusses the origins of the Legacy Luncheon and the importance of industry veterans sharing time and tales.


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Citrus Hall of Famer Davis Dies

Joe L. Davis Sr.

Joe L. Davis Sr.

Joe L. Davis Sr., 91, a Wauchula citrus grower and member of the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame, died Wednesday. Davis was a pioneer in the expansion of citrus in Hardee County. He served numerous years on the Florida Citrus Commission, including several as chairman.

Fish Farming

catfishEverett Griner talks about catfish farming on the decline in today’s Agri View.


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IMG Citrus Investing in Groves, Packinghouse

L-R: Scott, IMG President Michel Sallin, Christie

L-R: Scott, IMG President Michel Sallin, Christie


Melanie Ressler

Melanie Ressler


Florida Governor Rick Scott and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were part of a crowd at the inauguration Thursday of a new refrigerated distribution facility at the IMG Citrus packinghouse in Vero Beach. In the first report, IMG CFO Melanie Ressler discusses why the company is investing in the facility as well as replanting groves. In the second, Director of Sales Matt Reel discusses the new packinghouse facility. In the third report, Indian River Citrus League Executive Vice President Doug Bournique says IMG’s investments are proof the citrus industry isn’t giving up.


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Cotton Board Planning Tours of Cotton Incorporated

Monty Bain

Monty Bain

Monty Bain, Southeast Regional Communications Manager for the Cotton Board, has information about tours they will be hosting this winter of the Cotton Incorporated facilities in Cary, North Carolina.


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CTIC Holds Tour in Florida

The Conservation Technology and Information Center’s 2014 Conservation in Action Tour took place this week in Florida as participants were able to explore the Everglades Agricultural Area. Mike D. stopped by the University of Florida’s Everglades Education and Research Center to talk with some of the folks and has this report.


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Citrus Industry This Week: Crop Forecast Reactions; HLB and Roots

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 reactions to the first USDA citrus crop forecast of the season, information on bicarbonates, and new findings about root growth and root longevity in HLB-infected citrus trees. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

Drying Up

drought1Everett Griner talks about the drought drying up more than just crops in today’s Agri View.


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UF/IFAS Receives Part of $4.5 Million in USDA Grants for Specialty Crops

From the University of Florida/IFAS:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida is partnering with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the United States Department of Agriculture on two dozen projects to strengthen markets for specialty crops in the state.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services called for project proposals, reviewed them and awarded more than $4.57 million in grants from the USDA. The grants will be used for 34 research projects, two dozen of which will be conducted by researchers with Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Deputy Secretary Visits Sunbelt Expo

Krysta Harden talking with Randall Weiseman

Krysta Harden talking with Randall Weiseman

One of the visitors to the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo has been USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden who enjoyed attending this event to talk with farmers first hand. She says many of her conservations were about some of the new farm bill programs.


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Forty-Five Cattlemens’ Associations Tell USDA: Don’t Hijack the Checkoff

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

WASHINGTON (Oct. 14, 2014) – Today, 45 state cattlemens’ associations representing more than 170,000 cattle breeders, producers and feeders sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him not to issue an Order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman says the strong turnout of signatories to this letter demonstrate the Read the rest of this entry »

Citrus Root Growth and Longevity in HLB-Infected Trees

Evan Johnson

Evan Johnson

University of Florida researcher Evan Johnson reports on interesting findings about root growth and root longevity in HLB-infected citrus trees. The findings have implications for growers.


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WTO Ruling Favors U.S. Poultry verses India

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

A World Trade Organization panel sides with the U.S. in claims that India illegally kept U.S. poultry products out of that market. Rod Bain has the story.


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