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A Better Tomato Tomorrow – part 1

tomato
Cathy Isom fills us in on how Ag Experts are hoping to change one off-season fruit from being passed up in the produce aisle.


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WOTUS Issue Is Still Not Over

Kristina Butts

Kristina Butts

There are some who are confused about what is happening with the Waters of the U.S. rule after hearing about the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers recently withdrawing their Waters of the U.S. Interpretive Rule. Kristina Butts, executive director of legislative affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, explains what that actually means.


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FSA Reminds Farmers of Upcoming Deadlines

Val Dolcini

Val Dolcini

The latest enrollment numbers involving the new Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs are not that impressive just yet, but USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini told Southeast AgNet there are dates farmers need to be aware of.


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Additional information on the new programs is available at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.

Road Safety

Big tractor on a road
Everett Griner talks about a busy time for farm vehicles in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending February 13, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about Under Secretary for USDA’s Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse being in Florida this week to talk about Trade Promotion Authority, we look at how venison is gaining popularity in retail stores, and have a story about a new high-yielding peanut seed that is coming out this year.

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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review February 13

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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, helping birds, not enough snow and Black History Month. Check out this informative video.

Pork Checkoff Updates Pork Be Inspired Website

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The Pork Checkoff has updated the Pork Be Inspired website with a new responsive design that’s easy to navigate from any device.


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Case IH Introduces Maxxum Tractor with Aggressive New Look

David Bogan

David Bogan

The Maxxum series tractors from Case IH offer the latest in performance-enhancing technology and styling. And David Bogan, Case IH Marketing Manager, says the Maxxum tractor series are exceptional tractors now made even better.


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Alabama NRCS Accepting CSP Applications until February 27

John Curtis

John Curtis

John Curtis, resource conservationist with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, encourages landowners interested in applying for funding through the Conservation Stewardship Program to stop by their local offices to see how CSP can benefit their operation.


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House Votes to Permanently Extend Favorable Tax Treatment of Farmers’ Capital Purchases

From the National Milk Producers Federation:

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation thanked the House of Representatives for passing legislation today, by a vote of 272-142, to permanently extend the ability of family farmers and small businesses to write off capital purchases immediately, instead of over time. The bill now faces an uncertain future in the Senate, and a possible Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Producers Reminded CSP Applications Are Due February 27

usda-logoUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida has this reminder that February 27 is the deadline for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to apply for funds through the Conservation Stewardship Program to be considered for this year’s funding.


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Georgia Agribusiness Council Talking about GATE

Bryan Tolar

Bryan Tolar

The Georgia Agribusiness Council spent time this past week discussing the Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption (GATE) program. Bryan Tolar explains.


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To learn more about GATE go to the Georgia Agribusiness Council website.

Cider Comeback

Apple gets squeezed
Everett Griner talks about cider brewing on a comeback in today’s Agri View.


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Rural Energy for America Program

Cathy Isom

Cathy Isom


Cathy Isom tells us how the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program helps the owners of an Arkansas store that was devastated by fire during a burglary in 2011.


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Insects and Disease

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Everett Griner talks about people as well as plants affected by insects in today’s Agri View.


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Florida House Water Policy Starts to Flow

By JIM TURNER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

news service florida logoTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, February 11, 2015………. A business-backed plan to address the state’s water resources received initial support in a House committee Wednesday, though it continues to draw questions from environmentalists and Democrats.

The wide-ranging water policy is being crafted separately from a plan to carry out a voter-approved constitutional amendment that Read the rest of this entry »

The New Lean, Healthy Meat

freshly roasted venison

freshly roasted venison


Cathy Isom fills us in about the new lean protein Venison – gaining popularity in retail stores and why it’s so healthy for you to eat!


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Hoping for Permanency in Section 179 Expensing

Kent Bacus

Kent Bacus

Tax issues are just one of the many things the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association continues to keep an eye on in Washington, D.C. And Kent Bacus, associate director of legislative affairs for NCBA, says they are hoping see Section 179 Expensing become a permanent thing.


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Georgia Producer is National Outstanding Young Farmer Finalist

Christopher and Ginger Martin

Christopher and Ginger Martin

Christopher and Ginger Martin from Hawkinsville, Georgia are one of ten finalists for the 2015 National Outstanding Young Farmers awards which will be presented this weekend in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.


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Click here to learn more about the National Outstanding Young Farmers Awards Program.
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Alabama Agriculture & Forestry Steering Committee Presents Strategic Plan

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries:

MONTGOMERY, Alabama. . . Members of the Steering Committee for the Alabama Agriculture & Forestry Strategic Plan Tuesday presented to Governor Robert Bentley their report calling for a more cooperative relationship between business and government that, if enacted, would Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Conducting Major Survey of Organic Producers

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

If you are an organic farmer, Gary Crawford reports you probably have already received a big survey form from the Agriculture Department.


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Profitability?

farm profitability
Everett Griner talks about agriculture profitability…and who cares in today’s Agri View.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: TPA Discussion; Benefiting from USDA

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report from a roundtable discussion on Trade Promotion Authority and a success story about an Alabama farmer who has worked with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

“Tanks of Thanks” for Someone Going the Extra Mile

cenex_logotanks_of_thanks_heroCenex, the CHS Energy Brand, is rewarding 10 people who did good deeds for their communities, by giving them free fuel for a year. It’s part of their Tanks of Thanks program. Cathy Isom tells us more about the program and how to nominate someone.


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Trade Promotion Authority Discussed in Florida

Michael T. Scuse

Michael T. Scuse

USDA held a roundtable discussion today in Tampa to discuss the importance of trade for Florida. Under Secretary for USDA’s Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, Michael T. Scuse, was on hand to chat with the various stakeholders about Trade Promotion Authority. I was able to catch up with him afterwards as we discussed trade and the importance of TPA.


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COOL Lawsuit Dismissed

The lawsuit on Country-of-Origin Labeling filed by the multinational meatpacking industry and their allies to try and stop the USDA from implementing COOL was dismissed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Monday.


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No Changes in February USDA/NASS Citrus Crop Forecast

citrusUSDAThe United States all orange forecast for the 2014-2015 season is 6.72 million tons, unchanged from the previous forecast but down 1 percent from the 2013-2014 final utilization. The Florida all orange forecast, at 103 million boxes (4.64 million tons), is unchanged from the previous forecast but down Listen to the crop forecast.

Small Percentage of Farmers Have Made the ARC vs PLC Decision

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

At this point only a small percentage of farmers have gone through the complete process of signing up for the new farm risk management programs. Gary Crawford has more.


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Farming Diversity

Tractor Plowing
Everett Griner talks about really knowing who the farmer is in today’s Agri View.


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Citrus Expo 2015 Planning: “Meeting Challenges. Moving Forward.”

Citrus Expo 2015 Planning
Citrus Expo is set for Aug 19-20 at the Lee Civic Center in Fort Myers, Florida. Representatives from several Florida citrus grower organizations and the Citrus Research and Development Foundation joined Citrus Expo organizers from AgNet Media recently to finalize the theme for the event and continue the seminar planning process. Stay tuned in weeks ahead as this year’s trade show and grower seminar details come together.

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