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Peanut Crop Ahead of Schedule

Looking at this week’s USDA Crop Conditions update, Tyron Spearman reports the peanut crop is just a bit ahead of schedule compared to normal.


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Award Presented to Florida Beef Council

fbc-logo-2012During a recent event, the Florida Beef Council not only was able to promote beef, but they also received special recognition.


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U.S. Orange-Juice Sales Fall to Record Low

From UltimateCitrus.com:

NEW YORK (July 21, 2014) By Alexandra Wexler, Wall Street Journal – U.S. orange-juice retail sales fell to the lowest level on record as consumers continue to turn away from the beverage, once a staple of the American breakfast.

U.S. consumers bought 36.11 million gallons of orange juice in the four weeks ended July 5, down 8.3% from a similar period a year ago, according to Nielsen data published Monday by the Florida Department of Citrus. It was the lowest level of total sales since Read the rest of this entry »

Big Boats

Large container ship in a dockEverett Griner talks about the agriculture export business in today’s Agri View.


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Chicken Consumption Up 17 Percent in the US

From the National Chicken Council:

Greensboro, Ga. – July 21, 2014 – More chickens are crossing the road and on to consumers’ plates, according to new research presented today at the National Chicken Council’s Chicken Marketing Seminar in Greensboro, Georgia.

Overall, the average number of meals or snacks that contained chicken eaten by survey respondents in the two weeks prior to the survey was 6.1. This is Read the rest of this entry »

Water Loss Issues in California

Many parts of the Southwestern U.S. continue to deal with drought conditions, and Cindy Zimmerman has information concerning water loss issues in California.


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American Peanut Research and Education Society Recap

The American Peanut Research and Education Society recently met and Tyron Spearman reports a couple of folks from the Southeast were presented awards at the annual event.


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Disaster Assistance for 2012 Frost or Freeze Fruit Crop Losses Announced

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture: Enrollment Begins Tomorrow, July 22.

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) assistance for losses to bush or tree fruit crops due to frost or freeze during the 2012 crop year. The program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides supplemental NAP payment to eligible producers.

Farmers who did not have access to crop insurance and are in primary and adjacent counties that received a Secretarial disaster designation because of frost or freeze in 2012 are eligible for Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Cattlemen Promoting Leadership Academy

FCAThe Florida Cattlemen’s Association is excited about their new Leadership Academy program starting this year, and encourages ranchers across the state to learn more about it.


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Proposed Water Rule Turns to PR Campaign

Many folks are scratching their head over new the Environmental Protection Agency’s public relations campaign, “Ditch the Myth”, concerning the proposed Waters of the United States rule.


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NACAA Holding Annual Meeting in Mobile

nacaa-alabama-2014The state of Alabama welcomes the National Association of County Agricultural Agents to Mobile for their Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference. The event started Sunday and runs through Thursday as county agents from all 50 states are attending.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Citrus Greening 2014

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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 challenges Florida’s citrus industry is facing, specifically citrus greening.


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

Nomination Deadline Nearing for FSA County Committees

USDA’s Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan Garcia reminds farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that Aug. 1, 2014, is the deadline for local FSA county committee nominations.


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Eat More Meat

COOL meat counterEverett Griner talks about meat protein being good for seniors in today’s Agri View.


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Calling All Kid Chefs: 2014 Student Chef Cook-Off Kicks Off

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Tallahassee, FL – Are you a student going into 4th through 12th grade? Do you like to cook? Then this is the contest for you!

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is searching for student chef ambassadors to promote “Fresh From Florida” recipes and products. Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review Ending the Week of July 18, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports regarding the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, the peanut checkoff being approved in Alabama, did you know recent research efforts have been underway using aging methods on beef value cuts?

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Growing Blueberries at Brooksville Ridge in Florida

From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida:

MaryAnn Stein

MaryAnn Stein

GAINESVILLE, Fla., July 18, 2014—Blueberries were not a trendy super food when MaryAnn Stein first heard about growing them in Florida 30-years ago at a cocktail party. But she remembers being very interested. After raising two children and working an office job, with a degree in anthropology and no experience in agriculture, she decided to give it a try.

In 2001 she planted three acres of berries on land she had bought in the 90s as an investment. Starting from scratch, MaryAnn read everything she could get her hands on. Her fertilizer supplier Read the rest of this entry »

FDOC Working on Retail Movement

Doug Ackerman

Doug Ackerman

Doug Ackerman, executive director of the Florida Department of Citrus, talks about work involving retail movement.


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NRCS Continues to Reenroll Expiring CSP Contracts

USDAUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service reminds landowners who signed up in the Conservation Stewardship Program in 2010, those contracts are about to expire and they encourage re-enrollment.


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Plastic Dilemma

cotton wrapped in plasticEverett Griner talks about agriculture being a major plastic consumer in today’s Agri View.


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Bill Introduced to Stop WOTUS Overreach

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House called the “Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protect Act”.


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Commissioner Putnam Announces Winners of Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Awards

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Tallahassee, FL – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced the three winners of the state’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award, which recognizes agricultural enterprises that are at the forefront of developing and adopting environmentally innovative farming practices.

“The recipients of these awards have each demonstrated a sustained commitment to conserving our natural resources and improving our environment,” Commissioner Putnam said. “Whether producing milk, growing potatoes or cultivating nursery plants, they have all Read the rest of this entry »

Citrus Industry This Week: Crop Forecast; Citrus App; Taming 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 the final crop forecast of the season, details on a new citrus app, and HLB research efforts in Thailand. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

Federal HLB Funding to Be Discussed at Citrus Expo

Harold Browning

Harold Browning

Citrus Expo is less than 4 weeks away as it will take place August 13-14 in Ft. Myers. A variety of topics will be discussed, including federal HLB funding.


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To learn more about this year’s event go to CitrusExpo.net.

Agri-Terrorism

Green rows on the field AgriculturalEverett Griner talks about farmers properly protecting their assets in today’s Agri View.


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House Committee Unanimously Approves Southerland Bill to Rein in EPA Overreach

Steve Southerland

Steve Southerland

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II applauded the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s unanimous approval today of legislation he introduced to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers from extending federal regulatory powers to almost any body of water in America. The Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (H.R. 5078) preserves the successful federal-state partnership under the Clean Water Act that has regulated U.S. waters for over 40 years. Read the rest of this entry »

National Hotdog Month

hotdogJuly is National Hotdog Month and Cindy Zimmerman tells us more the popularity of this tasty annual event.


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EQIP Still an Important NRCS Program

Jason Weller

Jason Weller

Jason Weller, Chief of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, wants landowners to know that all of their programs are designed to help your individual operation.


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New Research on Aging Beef Value Cuts

www.mybeefcheckoff.comDid you know research efforts have been underway using aging methods on beef value cuts? In this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Dr. Dwain Johnson with the University of Florida explains what those efforts have involved.


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

Various Issues with Crops Around the Country

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

From how certain crops will fare with the new farm bill, to how some crops are even doing at this time is a story Tyron Spearman has today.


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