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USDA Purchase of Orange Juice

Mike SparksFrom Mike Sparks, CEO, Florida Citrus Mutual:

We just received some great news. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced it will purchase $20 million worth of surplus frozen concentrate orange juice as part of the fiscal 2015 Section 32 bonus purchase program. Florida Citrus Mutual (FCM) made a multi-year request for significant purchases to Secretary Vilsack last month and we are fortunate this purchase was authorized just before the end of the federal government’s fiscal year with what remained of the Section 32 funds. Read the rest of this entry »

August Reports Look into Farm Economy

usda-logoIf you are interested in the farm economy, then August is a great time of the year to keep with the various USDA reports.


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Citrus Industry This Week: Citrus Expo Reports; Citrus Nutrition Day

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 several reports from Citrus Expo and details on an upcoming Citrus Nutrition Day. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

University of Florida/IFAS Researchers Earn $450,000 Grants to Study Cows

From the University of Florida/IFAS:

Geoff Dahl

Geoff Dahl

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Geoff Dahl wants to know why heat makes cows less prone to produce milk, even when they are not lactating.

Dahl, a UF/IFAS animal sciences professor, has won a $450,000 grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study how to reduce mammary cell growth so he and his colleagues can develop strategies to limit the negative impact of heat stress on cows that are late in pregnancy and not producing milk, the so-called “dry cows.”

Dahl was one of two UF/IFAS animal sciences faculty members to win $450,000 NIFA grants last week. Cliff Lamb, a professor at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna, Florida, will study the differences in Read the rest of this entry »

Examining Stewardship of Antimicrobial Drug Use in Livestock

A regional workshop that will focus on the stewardship of medically-important antimicrobial drugs in food animals will be held next week in Hanceville, Alabama. It is designed for those in the pork, cattle, poultry and sheep industries, including veterinarians and feed suppliers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and other Southeastern states.


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Gun Safe Winner Announced at Citrus Expo

Kate Thielemann with Everglades Farm Equipment representatives and Miss Florida Citrus

Kate Thielemann with Everglades Farm Equipment representatives and Miss Florida Citrus

Congratulations to Kate Thielemann of Hicks Point Grove in Inverness, Florida! She is the winner of the Citrus Expo 2015 John Deere gun safe giveaway, sponsored by Everglades Farm Equipment.

Day Two for Citrus Expo

citrus-expo-2015A good crowd was on hand for the first day of Citrus Expo 2015, which kicked off yesterday at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers. Michael Rogers, director of the Citrus Research and Education Center, has an update on what took place.


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Precision Agriculture

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Everett Griner talks about how agriculture has changed over time in today’s Agri View.


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Lawn Tips – part 2

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In the second part of her series on lawn tips, Cathy Isom tells you why it pays to spend less time caring for your lawn.


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USDA Designates Palm Beach County in Florida as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Palm Beach County in Florida as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought.

“Our hearts go out to those Florida farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a Read the rest of this entry »

Positive Results from Beef Checkoff Funded Promotion

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Richard Meadows from Columbia, Alabama talks about how he has seen positive results from a beef checkoff funded promotion.


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

Florida NRCS Encourages Irrigation Evaluations

usda-logoUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida wants to make sure landowners are familiar with Mobile Irrigation Labs and how they work.


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UF/IFAS Citrus Rootstock Selection Guide Now Online

uf-ifas-logoThe Florida Citrus Rootstock Selection Guide is now online at http://flrootstockselectionguide.org in a format that lets visitors interact with the guide. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Expedited CWL Applications

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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 how the Commissioner moved to expedite Florida concealed weapon or firearm license applications for active military members and veterans.


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To learn more click, Concealed Weapon License.

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

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Citrus Expo Starts Today

citrus-expo-logoThe big day is finally here as Citrus Expo 2015 officially kicks off today, Wednesday, August 19, at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers. Josh McGill has more, including comments from AgroSource President Taw Richardson.


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Bigger and Better

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Everett Griner talks about genetic change occurring naturally in today’s Agri View.


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Lawn Tips – part 1

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Cathy Isom has some tips on cutting down the time you’ll spend in the yard. In the first part of her series on lawn tips, Cathy talks about how you mow your lawn could help save time for more play and less work.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Peanut and Cotton Acreage Updates

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes updates on peanut and cotton acreage. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Florida Farm Bureau Honors Legislators for Their Leadership

From Florida Farm Bureau:

FFBFGainesville, Fla. – Florida Farm Bureau has expressed special appreciation for a select group of state legislators. The organization is recognizing these leaders with the Legislators of the Year and Champions for Agriculture awards.

They have consistently supported farm enterprise and economic opportunity in Florida during the 2015 regular and Read the rest of this entry »

Toxic Indigo Creeping into the Florida Panhandle

uf-ifas-toxic-indigoCreeping Indigo was first noted in South Florida as a toxic plant in the early 1930’s and cases of indigo poisoning have been found as far north as Alachua County. Toxicity has been reported in all livestock Read the rest of this entry »

Zekri Earns Extension Award

Mongi ZekriMongi Zekri, a multi-county citrus Extension agent with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, will be honored with an Art Hornsby Distinguished Extension Professional and Enhancement Award. The award recognizes a state or county Extension faculty member with a term professorship for creative contributions and outreach programs. Zekri will receive a one-time $3,000 salary supplement, $2,000 for Extension program support, and a commemorative certificate. Additional Extension awards will be announced on September 4 at the Extension Professional Associations of Florida conference in Naples.

Florida Beef Council Holding Protein Challenge Event

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes

Ashley Hughes with the Florida Beef Council has information about an event the council is holding Wednesday to get its protein challenge promotion rolling.


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University of Florida Peanut Field Day is Thursday

Dr. Barry Tillman, NFREC Peanut Breeder, will share results on newer peanut varieties. Photo credit: Doug Mayo

Dr. Barry Tillman, NFREC Peanut Breeder, will share results on newer peanut varieties. Photo credit: Doug Mayo

Dr. Barry Tillman, University of Florida/IFAS peanut breeder, invites growers to attend the annual Peanut Field Day this Thursday, August 20, at the North Florida Research and Education Center near Marianna. Tyron Spearman has more on the story.


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Citrus Expo Starts Wednesday

citrus-expo-logoThe 2015 Citrus Expo officially kicks off Wednesday, August 19, at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers. Josh McGill has an update on what to expect for this year’s event.


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Tomato Test

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Everett Griner talks about home grown not making any difference in today’s Agri View.


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SuperTracker-part 2

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Today Cathy Isom looks into how the new SuperTracker tool may help you in reaching a weight goal on your terms and your time frame.


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Check out the USDA supertracker.usda.gov website!

Listen to information about the SuperTracker tool in Cathy’s part 1 segment here.

Several Growers and Harvesters to Speak at Citrus Expo

GOOD Citrus Expo Logo smThis year’s Citrus Expo seminar program on August 19-20 at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers includes several Florida citrus grower and harvester speakers.

“What harvesters are seeing across the industry” will be presented at 11:10 a.m. on August 19 and will include the following panel of speakers: Read the rest of this entry »

Farm Service Agency Updates Peanut Acreage Numbers

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

An update from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency shows peanut acreage numbers vary some from the recent report released by USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service. Tyron Spearman runs through the numbers.


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ASTA Chair Voices Support of BLM’s National Seed Strategy During Event

From the American Seed Trade Association:

August 17: Today, American Seed Trade Association Chair Risa DeMasi, Grassland Oregon, voiced the seed industry’s support for the Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management’s National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration during a rollout event in Boise, ID.

“The seed industry, in particular the conservation and reclamation seed sector, has a long and successful history of cooperation with Read the rest of this entry »

Growers and Researchers to Talk at Citrus Nutrition Day

Several Florida citrus growers will join University of Florida researchers in a comprehensive Citrus Nutrition Day seminar September 15 at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred. A $15 registration fee must be paid prior to September 8.


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