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NRCS Providing Conservation Client Gateway

usda-logoConservation Client Gateway is a new tool that allows producers and landowners the alternative to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) via the internet as a supplement to in-person support.


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Vilsack Testifies before Agriculture Committee

From the House Committee on Agriculture:

Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a public hearing to conduct general oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack testified, taking questions from committee members on various programs and projects the department manages and Read the rest of this entry »

Shepp is Interim Citrus Department Head

Shannon Shepp

Shannon Shepp

Florida Department of Citrus Deputy Executive Director Shannon Shepp was named interim executive director Wednesday by the Florida Citrus Commission. The move was made immediately after the commission accepted the resignation of former executive director Doug Ackerman.


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Stronger El Nino Taking Shape

El Nino Southern OscillationEl Nino has strengthened steadily during the past month, approaching the “strong category” strength already.


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Bigger and Bigger

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Everett Griner talks about world record vegetables in today’s Agri View.


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USDA and NASA Expand Efforts in Space and on Earth

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Cathy Isom tells us how the USDA and NASA are using satellites to better monitor soil moisture and detect wildfires.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Lower Gas Prices; UF/IFAS Faculty Funding

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes reports on how lower gas and oil prices are helping farmers and on new funding for University of Florida faculty. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

FSIS Preparing for Large Peanut Crop

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The Federal State Inspection Service is working to prepare for a large peanut crop coming in this year. Tyron Spearman looks at what they are doing to get ready for the harvest.


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Florida PSC Approves Utilities’ Demand Side Management Plans

From the Florida Public Service Commission:

TALLAHASSEE — Emphasizing the value of energy efficiency, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved program plans for Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), Duke Energy Florida, Inc. (DEF), Tampa Electric Company (TECO), Gulf Power Company (Gulf), and Florida Public Utilities Company (FPUC) that comply with the Commission’s conservation goals set last year.

The Demand Side Management (DSM) plans proposed by the utilities meet and/or exceed the PSC-established conservation goals for summer and winter demand and annual energy sales for Read the rest of this entry »

Workshops to be Held in Florida During International Year of Soils

From the University of Florida IFAS:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is offering workshops at various research and education centers to celebrate the 2015 International Year of Soils. The workshops, aimed primarily toward high school agriscience and science teachers, are free and open to the public.

“The workshops are for any teacher who wants to incorporate more soil-based information into his or her lessons,” said Libbie Johnson, agriculture agent at Escambia County Extension. Researchers will Read the rest of this entry »

Fighting Weeds with Take Action Program

usb-take-action-logoIt doesn’t matter what crops you grow, weeds are always an issue. Thanks to the Take Action program through the United Soybean Board, Walter Godwin from Pelham, Ga., is just one farmer who is getting help in his efforts to deal with herbicide resistance.


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Florida Beef Discussed at Food Industry Event

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council talks about an event they attended this past weekend where they were able to talk beef with a variety of food industry representatives.


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Florida Department of Citrus Director Resigns

Florida Department of Citrus Executive Director Doug Ackerman resigned Monday after his arrest last week on a misdemeanor drunken driving charge and several traffic citations stemming from a traffic accident in South Lakeland.


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UAV Problems

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Everett Griner talks about a big step in precision farming in today’s Agri View.


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Who Can Farmers Talk to in Tough Financial Times?

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Today, Cathy Isom fills us in on who farmers should talk to — and where to go first — when facing tough financial times.


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Florida Looking Forward to PMA Event in 2016

pmaEach year, more than 20,000 participants throughout the global fresh produce and floral supply chains come together for the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Convention and Expo. And for the next two years, the event will be held here in the Southeast.


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Earn CEUs at Citrus Expo

citrus-expo-logoThose attending the full seminar program at Citrus Expo on August 19–20 will be eligible to earn a total of six continuing education units (CEUs) toward a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services restricted-use pesticide license. The distribution of CEUs will be as follows:

Wednesday, August 19: 2 CEUs for the morning session
Wednesday, August 19: 2 CEUs for the afternoon session
Thursday, August 20: 2 CEUs for the morning session

Available CEU categories include Ag Tree, Private and Research & Demo.

Best CHMAs Improve Citrus Growers’ Bottom Line

Ariel Singerman

Ariel Singerman


Participation in citrus health management areas (CHMAs) deemed to be “best” provide a substantial economic benefit compared to participation in CHMAs deemed to be “moderate.” University of Florida economist Ariel Singerman reports.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review July 17

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, drone danger, cutting edge workplace technology, and a monument designation celebration.


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CRDF Field Trials Update at Citrus Expo

Stephanie Slinski

Stephanie Slinski


Stephanie Slinski, bactericide project manager with the Citrus Research and Development Foundation, will be speaking at this year’s Citrus Expo on the many field trials that the foundation has underway.


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Citrus Research and Education Center Launches Endowment

uf-ifas-crec-signJust like in the commercial groves, HLB is making things difficult in the Citrus Research and Education Center’s research groves. Jack Payne, University of Florida’s senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, talks about an endowment that has been started to support the operations at the center.


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Advanced Registration for Southern Peanut Conference Ends Today

southernpeanutfarmersThe 17th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference will be held July 23-25 at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. But today, July 20th, is the deadline to take advantage of advanced registration rates. Registration is Read the rest of this entry »

Farm Bureau Convention Planned for Orlando

afbf-logoRegistration for the 2016 American Farm Bureau Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show in Orlando will open in October. The convention will be held January 10-12 with pre-convention events the two days before. AFBF convention specialist John Hawkins says Orlando gives the event a family atmosphere to enjoy.


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Costly Business

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Everett Griner talks about farm land, the costliest input, in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending July 17, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we get the forecast for U.S. cotton production, look at energy prices and what farmers might expect in the future, how careers in agriculture are expanding and more.

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Women Ag Network

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There is a new tool connecting women in agriculture. Cathy Isom tells us what it is and how it works.


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The USDA has created an e-mail address, agwomenlead@usda.gov, for you to share your suggestions, stories and other snippets on how the USDA can build a new generation of women leaders in agriculture. By e-mailing them, you will automatically be added to the Women in Agriculture Mentoring Network.

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Budgets Limit Forest Service Ability to Greatly Boost Timber Sales

forestsSome lawmakers are considering mandating much more timber sales from National Forests, but does that agency have the resources to do that? Gary Crawford has the story.


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Florida Ranch Receives Regional Environmental Stewardship Award

esap-25-year-sculptureIn the 25th year for the Environmental Stewardship Award Program, seven families, including the Carlton family who owns Bull Hammock Ranch in Florida, were honored this week for their outstanding land management practices during the 2015 Cattle Industry Summer Conference.


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Putnam Knows Growers Want an Answer to HLB

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

Many efforts continue in the fight against HLB in Florida, as progress is being made in some areas of research. But Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam says we desperately need an answer.


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Lower Gas and Oil Prices Helping Farmers

Rayola Dougher

Rayola Dougher

Farmers would love to know what they can expect from energy prices in the future and how policy will impact their savings opportunities. Technological innovations in the oil and natural gas industry have allowed cheaper, more plentiful energy across the country. And Rayola Dougher, senior economic advisor at the American Petroleum Institute, says we’ve been a Read the rest of this entry »

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