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Many New Aspects to Sunbelt Ag Expo Next Week

Chip Blalock

Chip Blalock

The annual Sunbelt Ag Expo takes place October 14th through the 16th at Spence Field in Moultrie, Georgia and their Executive Director Chip Blalock says there will be a lot going on this year.


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More can be found at www.sunbeltexpo.com.

Florida Natural Gas Fuel Fleet Vehicle Rebate Program Doing Well

Florida’s first program that provides incentive rebates for retrofitting fleet vehicles for natural gas fuel has been a success in only six months.


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Getting Consumers Thoughts about Cotton

Kim Kitchings

Kim Kitchings

Getting the most up-to-date market information to better understand the use and role of cotton is one area that Kim Kitchings, Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Program Metrics for Cotton Incorporated, works with. And she talks about the reasons why this is important in their efforts to help the profitability of cotton growers.


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Citrus Industry This Week: Citrus Crop Forecast is Tomorrow

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 all of the information you need to hear tomorrow’s live citrus forecast, as well as a grower prediction on what the size of the Florida orange crop will be. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

Florida Citrus Mutual Forecast Luncheon Is Friday

Andrew Meadows

Andrew Meadows

The official USDA annual Citrus Crop Forecast will be released at 12-noon tomorrow, October 10th. And Andrew Meadows, Director of Communications for Florida Citrus Mutual, reminds growers they will be serving their annual crop estimate luncheon this Friday at the Davis’ barn just east of Wauchula.


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Florida NRCS Programs Help with Longleaf Pine Restoration

usda-logoThrough the Longleaf Pine Initiative, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida continues to work with landowners through restoration efforts.


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Universal Drought

Water drop from green leafEverett Griner talks about future food production needing water in today’s Agri View.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Specialty Crop Dollars; Cotton Dispute Agreement

AgNet This Week

The current issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes information on nearly $118 million in USDA grants to strengthen markets for specialty crops and news of an agreement to settle the longstanding cotton dispute in the World Trade Organization. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

WOTUS Comment Deadline Extended

According to information from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the EPA and Corps of Engineers have extended the comment period on the “Waters of the United States” proposed regulation.


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UF-IFAS Created Strawberry Monitoring System to Expand

From the University of Florida IFAS:

Natalia Peres

Natalia Peres

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A strawberry monitoring web system that will soon expand to South Carolina is one of many reasons a University of Florida faculty member has won the Lee M. Hutchins Award from the American Phytopathological Society (APS).

The Hutchins award goes to the author or authors of significant published research on basic or applied aspects of diseases of perennial fruit plants, according to the society’s website. Read the rest of this entry »

University of Florida Receiving Dollars to Focus on Feeding the World

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

There have been many questions about how agriculture is going to continue to feed the growing world population. Dr. Jack Payne, Senior Vice-president for ag and natural resources at the University of Florida, says one of world’s largest seed companies is putting $300,000 behind UF’s new undergraduate certificate program to focus on that challenge.


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New Building for Spotlight State at Sunbelt Ag Expo

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The annual Sunbelt Ag Expo will take place next week in Moultrie, Georgia. And Tyron Spearman reports that a brand new building will be opening to host the spotlight state each year.


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Shift Gears

4x4 Pickup TruckEverett Griner talks about pick-up trucks no longer being farm vehicles in today’s Agri View.


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Florida Gulf Coast Restoration Moving Forward

From the Florida Department of Environmental Protection:

TALLAHASSEE – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the funding of the third and largest set of early restoration projects, as approved by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees. Nearly $88 million represents 28 projects, which will take place throughout many communities along the Panhandle. Additionally, two Read the rest of this entry »

Liberty/Calhoun County Longleaf Pine Restoration Tour is Wednesday

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida would like to remind landowners in the state that coming up tomorrow, Wednesday October 8, the Liberty/Calhoun County Longleaf Pine Restoration Tour will take place. Read the rest of this entry »

New Website for Propane Comfort

If you use propane, it might be a good idea to check on supplies for this winter. Cindy Zimmerman has the details on how you can do that and more via a new website.


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Peanut Crop Update

Tyron Spearman has an update on how the peanut crop looks and where harvest stands at this time.


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Florida Promotes Beef as an Important Part of your Diet

fbc-logo-2012The Florida Beef Council’s Ashley Hughes wants to remind everyone how important lean beef can be for a healthy diet.


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USDA Releases New HLB-Tolerant Rootstocks

See the links below for the official release notices for five new HLB-tolerant rootstocks released by USDA for nurserymen and growers:

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US-1281 Official Release
US-1282 Official Release
US-1283 Official Release
US-1284 Official Release

Details of Citrus Crop Forecast Lunch on Friday

Andrew Meadows

Andrew Meadows

Andrew Meadows, director of communications for Florida Citrus Mutual, tells about the activities and dignitaries expected at a citrus crop forecast lunch Friday.


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Crapshoot

dice-gamblingEverett Griner talks about farming being a big gamble in today’s Agri View.


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Efforts to Improve Cotton from Fiber to Fabric

Vikki Martin

Vikki Martin

Vikki Martin, Director of Quality Research and Product Evaluation for Cotton Incorporated, talks about what her division does to help growers with their profitability.


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Propane Industry Preparing for Winter

As crops are being harvested this fall, and with colder weather coming this winter, Cindy Zimmerman says those who use propane are being urged to prepare.


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Livestock Producers Invited to Sunbelt Ag Expo

Chip Blalock

Chip Blalock

The annual Sunbelt Ag Expo takes place next week at Spence Field in Moultrie, Georgia. Their Executive Director Chip Blalock says there will be a lot going on again this year with their livestock demonstrations.


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Citrus Grower Estimates Orange Crop; Discusses Issues

John Roy Gough

John Roy Gough

Hardee County grower John Roy Gough estimates the size of Florida’s orange crop ahead of the official USDA crop estimate on October 10. Gough, who participated in a recent grower forum in Wauchula, also discusses the value of the USDA’s Tree Assistance Program, his frustration with growers who don’t spray for HLB-spreading psyllids, and the industry’s future.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Protect Your Childs Identity

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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 growing problem of child identity theft in Florida.


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To learn more, click Protect Your Child’s Identity.

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

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

True or False

organic vegetablesEverett Griner talks about “organic”, more than where it is grown in today’s Agri View.


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Explore Florida’s Beautiful Greenways and Trails this October

From the Florida Department of Environmental Protection:

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection invites you to celebrate Greenways and Trails Month. Florida is home to more than 4,000 miles of paddling trails and 8,000 miles of land-based trails, including the Florida National Scenic Trail, 32 National Recreation Trails and eight multi-use state trails.

In commemoration of these unique paths, Governor Rick Scott proclaimed October as Florida Greenways and Trails Month, encouraging residents and visitors Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending October 3, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have stories concerning big news for the cotton industry, the announcement of grants for specialty crops, and talks this week between Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group.

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Beef Checkoff Group Meets with Vilsack

Forrest Roberts

Forrest Roberts

The Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group has been working together for the past couple of years to try and find ways to make the current beef checkoff program more effective and more efficient. In a teleconference this afternoon Forrest Roberts, CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, talked about a meeting they had this past week with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.


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