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Commissioner Putnam Announces Florida to Receive $7.3 Million to Combat Agricultural Pests, Diseases

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services today announced the state will receive $7.3 million in federal funding through the federal Farm Bill to help eradicate pests and control diseases that affect the state’s $120 billion agriculture industry.

“From citrus greening to giant African land snails and many others, pests and diseases are major threats to Florida agriculture,” said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “This funding will help prevent the spread of pests and diseases throughout the state and help Read the rest of this entry »

Citrus Industry This Week: HLB Grower Day Reports

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 summaries from speakers and a grower attendee of the recent HLB Grower Day held at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

Discussing Amendment 1 in Florida

John Hoblick

John Hoblick

One of the issues being discussed in Tallahassee this week is the Amendment 1 spending plan. And Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick says there is a little bit of give and take on both sides.


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U.S. / Cuba Trade

Cargo ship entering the bay of Havana, Cuba
Everett Griner talks about improved Cuban trade being a plus for agriculture in today’s Agri View.


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Citrus Commission Begins Look at Federal OJ Promotion Program

Doug Ackerman

Doug Ackerman

The possible establishment of a federal research and promotion program for orange juice was discussed by the Florida Citrus Commission Wednesday, the first such hearing on the issue. This report offers an overview of the first meeting and insight by Florida Department of Citrus Executive Director Doug Ackerman.


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Commissioner Adam H. Putnam Celebrates Florida Agriculture Day at the State Capitol

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam celebrated Florida Agriculture Day at the state Capitol with legislators, agriculture groups and members of the community. The Florida Senate passed a resolution today officially recognizing March 18 as Florida Agriculture Day. Agriculture in Florida has a $120 billion economic impact, supports more Read the rest of this entry »

Grants for Healthy Meals-3

lunch box with sandwich, banana and cookie
The last of this series Cathy Isom looks at how the USDA is improving school nutrition one grant at a time, and the impact the USDA is having on districts across the country.


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House Renews Efforts to Repeal the Death Tax

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

WASHINGTON (March 18, 2015) – Today, the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee held a hearing on the Burden of the Estate Tax on Family Businesses and Farms. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association member and seventh-generation cattleman from Fort Davis, Texas, Bobby McKnight testified before the subcommittee on how the death tax Read the rest of this entry »

BQA Certification Is Good for Producers

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaIn our weekly BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs, University of Florida’s Max Irsick knows how important it is for producers to be BQA certified.


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Get to know your BQA program by visiting BQA.org

Peanut Farmers Looking for Contracts

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

As peanut farmers are preparing to start planting soon, Tyron Spearman reports they would sure like to see some new contracts for this year’s crop.


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Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on National Agriculture Day

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released the following statement:

Vilsack

Tom Vilsack

“On this National Agriculture Day, we acknowledge the impact of American agriculture on our daily lives and our nation’s economy. We thank the scientists, conservationists, farmers and ranchers dedicated to the work that feeds the nation and helps to keep us safe. Their work touches the lives of all Americans – from the farm field to the kitchen table and from the air we breathe to the energy that powers our country. Read the rest of this entry »

“Fresh From Florida” Presence at Seafood Expo North America

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

fresh-from-floridaTALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With support from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, nine Florida companies reported more than $42 million in sales of seafood products at the Read the rest of this entry »

Florida House Proposes $17.9 Million to Fight Citrus Greening

citrusThe fight against citrus greening infecting Florida’s orange crop would get a hefty boost from a House spending proposal.


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Animal Agriculture Tells House: It’s Time to Ditch the Rule

Steve Foglesong

Steve Foglesong

On Tuesday, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Past President and Astoria, Illinois cattleman Steve Foglesong testified before the House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry at their hearing titled, “Waters of the U.S. Rulemaking and its Impact on Rural America. Afterwards, Chase Adams talked with Foglesong about what all he discussed.


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Family Farms are the Focus of New Agriculture Census Data

USDAToday is National Agriculture Day across the country, and as we celebrate this annual event, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is reporting that family-owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry. The latest data comes from the Census of Agriculture farm typology report which helps shine some light on the question, “What is a family farm?”.


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Export Trade

Import Export
Everett Griner talks about farm exports are vital to farm progress in today’s Agri View.


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Florida’s Amendment 1 Spending Plan Lands Mixed Reviews

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By JIM TURNER

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 17, 2015………. Florida’s natural springs would get $50 million, the Kissimmee River is in line for $30 million, and a wastewater plan for the Florida Keys is up for $25 million, under a newly released House proposal that would help carry out a voter-approved increase in conservation dollars.

But there are few other clearly outlined projects in a $772.1 million proposal for next fiscal year released Tuesday by the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee. The proposal is Read the rest of this entry »

NCC: “Waters of the U.S.” Proposed Rule Overly Burdensome

From the National Cotton Council:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Cotton Council (NCC) Chairman Sledge Taylor testified here today that a rule proposed by the EPA and Corps of Engineers to define “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act would require costly federal permits for many commonplace and essential farming practices.

Emphasizing that this rule will have a significant impact on rural America and production agriculture, Taylor stated, “This will result in farmers like myself being forced to endure even more costly regulations and Read the rest of this entry »

Grants for Healthy Meals, part 2

Tray of food for school meals-2
In this, the second of a three part series, Cathy Isom tells us the USDA program is getting an A+ in the lunchroom.


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Florida Governor Scott: Tamiami Trail Project will Help Move Water South

From the Florida Department of Environmental Protection:

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Scott today announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently issued a permit to the Department of Interior’s National Park Service, Everglades National Park, for the construction of 2.6 miles of bridging and road raising along the Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) in Miami-Dade County. The project will deconstruct a section of the Tamiami Trail and replace it with a bridge so that water north of the road may Read the rest of this entry »

Southeast AgNet This Week: Georgia PEDv Update; Upcoming Deadlines

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report on the status of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in Georgia as well as a reminder on some important end-of-month deadlines. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Signup Underway for Florida NRCS Easement Program

USDACrenel Francis, easement program coordinator with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida, wants landowners to know that applications are being accepted for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program.


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Florida Legislative Days Event in Tallahassee

John Hoblick

John Hoblick

Florida Farm Bureau is hosting its annual Legislative Days today and tomorrow (March 17 and 18) in Tallahassee. The Legislative Briefing Dinner will be this evening at 5:30 p.m. at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum, with a full day of events planned for Wednesday. FFBF President John Hoblick hopes folks will join them for the annual event.


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Beef Farm-to-Fork Tours Getting the Message Out in Florida

Cliff Coddington

Cliff Coddington

Chairman of the Florida Beef Council, Cliff Coddington, has seen how important farm-to-fork tours they’ve held are to the industry as tour participants learn many things about the beef industry.


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Celebrating National Agriculture Day

ag-day-web-banner-2015This Wednesday, March 18 will be National Agriculture Day, spotlighting American agriculture and serving as a reminder that agriculture is part of us all.


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For more information go to www.agday.org.

The Challenge

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Everett Griner talks about 2015! Another year of change in today’s Agri View.


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Grants for Healthy Meals, part 1

school lunch tray
Today Cathy Isom begins a three part series telling us about the big boost by the USDA that’s helping children eat healthier meals away from home.


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The Nutrients That Seem to Work for HLB

Bob Rouse

Bob Rouse

Citrus grower Maury Boyd has kept his HLB-infected trees productive for years, and part of the reason seems to be a cocktail he concocted. University of Florida researcher Bob Rouse discusses the cocktail elements that seem to be effective.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review March 13

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, partnering for healthier eating and a flowering of success.

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www.usda.gov
www.fns.usda.gov
www.nrcs.usda.gov
http://blogs.usda.gov/
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Florida Cattlemen’s Sweetheart Busy in Tallahassee

Katey Mcclenny

Katey Mcclenny

One person attending last week’s Florida Cattlemen’s Association annual Legislative Quarterly meeting in Tallahassee was current FCA Sweetheart Katey Mcclenny who told me she has attended many events representing the cattle industry.


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