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Grants Help Bring More Nutritious Food to More People

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Today Cathy Isom tells us about the program to promote fruits and veggies in more American diets – while giving a boost to local producers and economies.


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Commissioner Putnam Announces Winners of Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Awards

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

FDACSTALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced the three winners of the state’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award, which recognizes agricultural producers who are practicing environmentally innovative farming practices.

“These recipients have each shown a commitment to improving Florida’s environment and conserving our natural resources, especially water,” Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam said. “From cattle ranching to growing citrus and strawberries to producing seeds and Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Producers Invited to Apply for ACEP

Roney Gutierrez

Roney Gutierrez

USDA is making available $332 million in financial and technical assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). And USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida will accept ACEP applications through May 15.


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Free BQA Certification Period Ending Soon

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaHere is a reminder that if you have yet to take part in the BQA free-online certification period, you’d better hurry as it ends April 15. In our weekly BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs Dr. Scott King, director of marketing for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., explains why they are promoting the BQA program.


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Evaluating Possible Short-Term HLB Solutions

Stephanie Slinski, antimicrobial project manager for the Citrus Research and Development Foundation, discusses biopesticides and minimal risk materials under evaluation for HLB management. Among the materials is Thyme Guard, a product labeled for use on citrus.

Tennessee, South Carolina Residents Encouraged to Buy “Fresh From Florida” Fruits and Veggies

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

fdacs-fff-flatbreadTALLAHASSEE, Fla. – This month, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has partnered with retailer Bi-Lo to promote “Fresh From Florida” to residents of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Charleston, SC.

“Florida residents know there is nothing better than buying ‘Fresh From Florida,’ and we want to expand that experience to other Southern states,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “We are highlighting Read the rest of this entry »

ELAP and Honeybees

Val Dolcini

Val Dolcini

We’ve told you that USDA’s Farm Service Agency announced nearly 2,700 applicants will begin receiving disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program. FSA Administrator Val Dolcini explains ELAP and its benefits, specifically for bee keepers.


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Nutty Issue

Stop Peanuts Sign
Everett Griner talks about the solution to peanut allergies is possible in today’s Agri View.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Farmer Deadline Today; Women Legislators

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes information on an important deadline happening today for farmers as well as a report on a meeting of the National Foundation for Women Legislators. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Buffett Rallies Parrotheads for Sugar Land

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM TURNER

news service florida logoTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, April 7, 2015………. With musician Jimmy Buffett singing about “changes in latitudes” Tuesday outside Florida’s Capitol, proponents of buying Everglades land from U.S. Sugar Corp. hope in the next few weeks to change the attitudes of Read the rest of this entry »

Preventing the Spread of Invasive Pests

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug


Cathy Isom checks into the many ways you can keep invasive pests from being inadvertently transported to new areas where they could cause damage.


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Longleaf Pine Savanna Helps Educate Farmers, Others on Value of Forest

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

NRCS photo by Renee Bodine

NRCS photo by Renee Bodine

The Nature Conservancy’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve, an hour west of Tallahassee, Florida, protects nearly 6,300 acres of restored sandhill habitat. Young longleaf pines stand in thick waves of golden wiregrass. Wild turkey, bobwhite quail, gopher tortoise and Florida pine snake once again populate what 25 years ago were rows of industrial timber and bare sand.

About 50 people recently toured the preserve to see for themselves the Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Beef Council Promoting Protein Challenge

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council has information about a new Beef Checkoff funded program designed to help consumers better understand how beef can be a part of a healthy lifestyle.


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Citrus Scientists Share HLB Recommendations

Ernie Neff

Ernie Neff

HLB was the main issue addressed at the Florida Citrus Growers’ Institute held today in Avon Park. Ernie Neff has the story.


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Possible Momentum in Congress to Repeal Estate Tax

Pat Wolff

Pat Wolff

The fight to repeal the estate tax, otherwise known as the “death tax”, has been going on for years. But American Farm Bureau Tax Advisor Pat Wolff says in the last few weeks, votes in a House Committee and in the Senate have given new momentum to the effort.


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Onion Flavored

Spanish onions
Everett Griner talks about onion competition is still strong in today’s Agri View.


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USDA Announces ‘FoodKeeper’ Application in Advance of World Health Day

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The U.S. Food Waste Challenge calls on organizations and businesses across the food supply chain to join the fight against food waste. Cathy Isom has more.


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Learn more about the USDA ‘FoodKeeper’ App.

USDA to Issue Disaster Assistance to Help Honeybee, Livestock and Farm-Raised Fish Producers

WASHINGTON, April 6, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency today announced that nearly 2,700 applicants will begin receiving disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses experienced from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014.

The program, re-authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides disaster relief to livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers not Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Targets October for Bear Hunt

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM TURNER

news service florida logoTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, April 6, 2015………. The state this October would open its first black-bear hunting season in two decades, under a set of rules that will be reviewed next week. Read the rest of this entry »

UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation Celebration set for April 10-11

From the University of Florida/IFAS:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) holds its annual Spring Celebration, there’s plenty of focus on the School’s storied past, but the event also salutes current students, their achievements and future aspirations, said Tim White, SFRC director and a professor with the School, part of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

The two-day event, scheduled for April 10-11, is part social gathering and part scientific symposium, welcoming all Read the rest of this entry »

$23 Million Available for Citrus Greening Research

Susan Carter

Susan Carter

If you have ideas to help producers fight citrus greening, the time is now to apply for a Citrus Disease Research and Extension grant. Susan Carter has the details.


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Congress Seeks a Positive Market-Access Outcome for U.S. Dairy in Pacific Trade Pact

From the National Milk Producers Federation:

The dairy industry today praised the more than 75 House members who have urged the Obama Administration to negotiate a strong market-access outcome for the U.S. dairy industry in the Pacific Rim trade agreement.

Led by the co-chairs of the Congressional Dairy Farmer Caucus, the House members sent a bipartisan letter to Read the rest of this entry »

Farmers Reminded about ARC-PLC Deadline

usda-logoFarmers were given an extra week to update their yield history or reallocate base acres, and to make a choice between the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. But that extra week of time ends Tuesday as these decisions need to be submitted to your local Farm Service Agency office by April 7.


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Money Counts

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Everett Griner talks about beef prices having an impact on consumption in today’s Agri View.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Newnan’s Lake FL DACS

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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 Florida’s newest state forest, Newnan’s Lake State Forest.


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To learn more click, Newnan’s Lake State Forest.

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

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Ag in Review for the Week Ending April 3, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we looked at the Prospective Plantings report released by USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service, the latest USDA forecast for food prices, and a story concerning the issue with labeling GMO crops.

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USDA Video: USDA Week in Review April 3

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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, honoring Cesar Chavez, helping a university go green, and getting fit at USDA.


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A New Forecast for Retail Food Prices

pork meat
Cathy Isom has the latest USDA forecast for food prices, which includes some good news for pork lovers.


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Florida State Beef Checkoff Legislation Update

Sam Ard

Sam Ard

This past Wednesday, the Florida Legislative Session reached the halfway point. According to Sam Ard, director of governmental affairs for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, there was action concerning the Florida State Beef Checkoff Legislation.


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BQA is a Wonderful Program

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaIn this week’s BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs, Jimmy Holliman from Marion Junction, Alabama, knows going through the BQA certification process has helped on his operation.


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Get to know your BQA program by visiting BQA.org

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