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“Family” Farm

Farm FamilyEverett Griner talks about the definition of the “family” farm in today’s Agri View.


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Learning More about the Hotdog

hotdogThere have always been questions as to just how the hotdog got it’s start, but Cindy Zimmerman has information today which hopefully answers some of those.


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California Narrowly Avoids Snail Catastrophe, Florida Still at Risk

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

African Land Snail

African Land Snail

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam is warning Floridians in Miami and at other ports to be on the lookout for Giant African Land Snails, after it was reported Monday that inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport confiscated 67 of the invasive, destructive snails this month.

Giant African Land Snails – known as GALS for short – were detected in Florida in 2011. Scientists consider GALS to be one of the most Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama’s Best Steak Contest Continues

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley

Erin Beasley with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association wants to remind everyone that you have until August 1st to nominate your favorite steak restaurant in this year’s Alabama’s Best Steak Contest.


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The Future is Bright for Agriculture

One man says the future is bright for agriculture, as Cindy Zimmerman has the story.


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Heading to China and Possible Crop Records

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is sending a representative to China. Tyron Spearman has that story along with details on how we could see records this year fro a couple of crops.

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Farm Bill Implementation Continues

USDA continues the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, including provisions providing new risk management options to farmers and ranchers.


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Florida Commissioner Putnam Appoints State Veterinarian

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced today the appointment of Dr. Mike Short as the State Veterinarian and Division Director of Animal Industry at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Dr. Short was promoted to the position following the retirement of Dr. Thomas Holt.

“Dr. Short has more than 16 years of veterinary experience, 10 years of service at the department and an invaluable understanding of the agriculture community he will serve,” said Commissioner Putnam. “Dr. Short is a proven leader in the areas of Read the rest of this entry »

Producer Comments on Waters of the U.S. Needed

Scott George

Scott George

There was a lot in the news last week concerning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed waters of the U.S. rule. And National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Immediate Past President Scott George urges producers to comment on this rule.


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Moving Legislation Forward to Rein in EPA

A House Subcommittee approved legislation last week to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s funding by nine-percent.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Operation Outdoor Freedom 2014

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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 “Operation Outdoor Freedom,” celebrating its third year of events.


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To learn more, click on Operation Outdoor Freedom.

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

GMO Crops

Genetically Modified food (GMO foods)Everett Griner talks about GMO crops continuing to increase in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending July 11, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports regarding the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, organic processed products to Korea and how what we eat is costing us more and more.

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Southerland Bill Prevents EPA Overregulation of America’s Waters

Steve Southerland

Steve Southerland

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II introduced bipartisan legislation today to prohibit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from expanding their regulatory authority to almost any body of water in America, including ditches, pipes, watersheds, and farmland ponds. Southerland’s bill, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (H.R. 5078), would stop this unprecedented federal power grab and uphold the balanced, federal-state partnership that has historically regulated the nation’s waters. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida FFA Foundation “Swampfest” to Add Huge BBQ Cookoff

Gary Bartley of the Florida FFA Foundation

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Last year’s 5K run was just for starters. This year’s Florida FFA Foundation “Swampfest” at the FFA’s Leadership Training Center in November will bust things wide open with a huge added BBQ competition sanctioned by the Florida BBQ organizational gurus. Hear all the details in this interview with Gary Bartley of the Florida FFA Foundation, who Read the rest of this entry »

UF/P.I.E. Center Steps Up Its Efforts for Agriculture

UF Ag Communications Professor Rick Telg

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Research, Outreach, Education, and much more is wrapped up in the efforts of the UF P.I.E. Center. UF Ag Communications Professor Rick Telg now heads up the Center for Public Issues Education in UF’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. If you’re involved in Florida agriculture you should be aware of what this important program does, and here’s your chance to hear the details. We caught up with Telg at the recent Florida FFA annual convention in Orlando.


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FDACS Ag Law Enforcement At FL FFA Mtg

Lt. Lachrisha Gwinn of FDACS Ag Law Enforcement Division

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As Lt. Lachrisha Gwinn of FDACS Ag Law Enforcement Division Explains, there was good reason for her team to appear at the Florida FFA Convention and Expo this year. In this feature post, she explains the actions of her Department and the connection to the FFA.


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EPA Administrator Explains RFS Final Rule Delay

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said this week that the agency’s final rule on volumetric requirements for biofuels has been delayed because the Obama Administration wants to ensure the rule still encourages the increased use of biofuels over time.


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Houses Passes Bonus Depreciation Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4718, legislation that will make permanent the fifty percent bonus depreciation of new capital purchases that was created in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.


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Use Genuine Parts for Repairs and Peanuts Included in Heart Check Program

Peanut farmers are being urged to use genuine parts for when repairing equipment, as Tyron Spearman has those details along with information about how peanuts are now included in an American Heart Association program.

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Learning about Food Production

It’s important for consumers to learn about food production, as Cindy Zimmerman has the story.


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Georgia Cattlemen Searching for New EVP

Josh White

Josh White

Josh White, Executive Vice President of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and Georgia Beef Board, has announced he has accepted a position with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Denver.


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Aquatic Plant Management Society to Hold Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Aquatic Plant Management Society is coming up July 13-16 in Savannah, Georgia. This annual meeting draws scientists, educators, public officials and others interested in invasive aquatic plants, including their impact and effective management techniques. For more information visit www.apms.org.

Average Eating

groceriesEverett Griner talks about it costing us more for foods in today’s Agri View.


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FFVA Responds to U.S. House Failure to Consider Immigration Reform

From the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association:

MAITLAND, FL (July 10, 2014) — Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart announced this afternoon that House Republican leadership does not intend to bring an immigration bill to the floor. The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association issued this statement in response:

“We are extremely disappointed at Read the rest of this entry »

Providing Summertime School Lunches

Due to various efforts, school-aged children across the country are being provided summertime school meals, as Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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USDA Provides 12-Week Progress Update on Disaster Assistance

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided a 12-week progress report on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs today, announcing that USDA has processed 106,000 payments to farmers in 40 states across the country who suffered livestock and grazing losses between October 2011 and passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. Read the rest of this entry »

Opinions of Proposed WOTUS Rule Differ

More than 90 agriculture organizations have submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule.


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Immigration Reform Not Likely This Year

Dale Moore

Dale Moore

It looks like agriculture will have to go another year without comprehensive immigration reform needed to provide a steady and legal supply of migrant labor.


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Ag Exports are Up

The latest numbers show U.S. agricultural exports are up, as Tyron Spearman has the details.


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