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Conservation Programs for 2014 Farm Bill in Rule Making Process

Russell MorganFlorida State Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Russell Morgan, details some of the changes that will be implemented in the 2014 Farm Bill.


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New Report on Menu Trends Utilizing Fresh Produce

United Fresh has released its Spring 2014 edition of Fresh Insights for Foodservice – a quarterly report designed to showcase the latest trends in fresh produce use in the foodservice sector.


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Alabama Senator on EPA Overstep

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions explains his concerns on the trend that many view as a vast overstep by administrative agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency.


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Value Added Grants Available and Farm Bill Education Meetings

The deadline to apply for value added grants has been extended and Tyron Spearman has the details. He also has information about some Farm Bill educational meetings coming up that farmers may be interested in attending.

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There’s a New Bacon in Town

Did you know there’s a new bacon in town, and it’s called Schmacon. Schmaltz Deli Co. is officially introducing Schmacon, which is a beef alternative to regular bacon, at the National Restaurant Association convention in May. The checkoff’s Beef Innovations Group has been Read the rest of this entry »

UF/IFAS Cancels April 5 Family Day at the Dairy Farm

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida has canceled its 2014 Family Day at the Dairy Farm open house, which was set for Saturday, April 5 at the UF dairy farm in Hague. The event has not been rescheduled. Read the rest of this entry »

Tree Nut Truth

Pecan production is still expanding. Everett Griner looks at pecans today.


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AgNet This Week: Crop Reports, EPA’s Clean Water Act Proposal

AgNet This Week

This week’s issue of AgNet This Week features highlights from USDA’s planting intentions report, a look at EPA’s proposed changes to the Clean Water Act and much more. To learn more about these topics and others click here to subscribe today and view the current issue.

Peanut Butter Destroyed

Over two million dollars worth of peanut butter has been destroyed, and Tyron Spearman let’s us know where and why this happened.


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National Soyfoods Month

April is being celebrated as National Soyfoods Month.


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Analysis of Key Numbers in USDA’s Planting Intentions Report

DTN Senior Analyst Darin Newsom gives his assessment regarding the planting intentions report that was released by USDA on Monday.


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White Nose Syndrome

Today, Everett Griner explores White Nose Syndrome. The disease that is killing our bats.


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Farmland Coming to the Big Screen

The farm-focused, feature length documentary Farmland will be released across 60 major national markets in the U.S. starting on May 1st.


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Highlights from USDA’s Prospective Plantings Report

Farmers say they intend to cut back on corn and increase soybean acreage this spring. USDA’s Gary Crawford has the details from the National Ag Statistics Service planting intentions report.

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Cotton Intentions Up Overall, but Down for the Southeast

Angie ConsidineUSDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service released their annual planting intentions reports today, and Angie Considine with USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service in Washington D.C. said overall the cotton numbers are up this year, but the Southeast is expected to see declines.


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Trying to Protect Producer Information

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers is trying to prevent a repeat of last year, when the EPA disclosed producers’ personal information.


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Court Rules against Livestock Groups on COOL

Oral arguments were heard back in January in the lawsuit filed by meat and livestock groups in the U.S., Canada and Mexico challenging USDA’s rule that requires country of origin labeling for meat products.


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Florida Commissioners Spotlight on Keeping Identity Safe (KIDS) Act

FL Ag Commissioner Adam PutnamOn this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks about legislation (called the K.I.D.S. Act) that would enable parents to create — and then freeze — credit files for their children.

More information is available online by clicking on K.I.D.S. (Keeping I.D. Safe) Act.


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

Elaine Turner named dean of UF’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

From The University of Florida:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida faculty member and administrator often lauded for her outstanding teaching skills has been named dean of the university’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Elaine Turner, senior associate dean for UF’s third -largest college, often known as CALS, has been interim dean of the school since early January, but becomes its dean effective April 11, said Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources.

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Fresh What?

Everett Griner discusses seafood fraud today, and leaves a lot of question to ponder.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending March 28, 2014

A highlight of agricultural news for this week from around the Southeast.

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University of Georgia to Hold Farm Bill Education Meetings

Georgia row crop farmers who want to know more about the new farm bill are encouraged to attend one of a series of meetings coordinated by University of Georgia agricultural economists.


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Benefits of Advancing Cotton Education Program

As a new crop season nears, cotton producers are encouraged to utilize the resources available in the National Cotton Council’s “Advancing Cotton Education” (ACE) program, as a way to enhance their crop production decisions.


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Florida Cattlemen Concerns with Legislative Budgets

Sam ArdSam Ard, Director of Governmental Affairs for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, looks at some of the budget issues they have concerns with after both the Florida House and Senate finalized their versions this week in appropriations committees.


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To see a copy of the letter sent to the Florida Senate Committee on Appropriations by the Florida Cattlemen’s Asscoiation click here.

USDA Video: This Week @ USDA March 28

Published on Mar 28, 2014

A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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It Could be Another Late Planting Year

USDA’s Gary Crawford looks at a spring planting that could be delayed in many parts of the country.


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Alabama Ag Commissioner Pleased with Progression of Department

Alabama Commissioner John McMillanAlabama Ag Commissioner John McMillan says he is pleased with the progress that has been made over the last several years, including the re-development of the Agricultural and Rural Crimes Unit.


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Farm Bill Includes Assistance to Organic Sector

The organic sector has skyrocketed over the years thanks to consumer demand and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the 2014 Farm Bill will continue to help support the organic community.


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UF/IFAS to Conduct National Search for Next Research Dean

Jack Payne

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will conduct a national search to find its next research dean, Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, explains.


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Home Made

Preserving home grown foods is on a comeback. Everett Griner explains.


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