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USDA Representatives Discuss Avian Influenza Response and Research

usda-logoSince mid-December, there have been several ongoing, highly pathogenic avian influenza H5 incidents along the Pacific, Central and Mississippi flyways. Cases have been confirmed in 16 states. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and veterinarians participated in an avian influenza symposium at the University of Georgia to share knowledge and discuss this disease with representatives from across the country and internationally. During a teleconference held today, Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Announces Record Number of Organic Producers in U.S.

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that the organic industry continues to show remarkable growth domestically and globally, with 19,474 certified organic operations in the United States and a total of 27,814 certified organic operations around the world.

According to data released by the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP), the number of Read the rest of this entry »

Commissioner Putnam Invites Florida Agricultural Land Owners to Apply for the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

FDACSTALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam is urging Florida’s agricultural land owners to participate in the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program by applying between now and May 30. The goal of the program is to ensure lands will be preserved for agricultural use while providing for the protection of Read the rest of this entry »

Working on Tax Reform

Kent Bacus

Kent Bacus

Tax reform is a major issue for many in agriculture, and that includes the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. NCBA Associate Director of Legislative Affairs, Kent Bacus, says that is something they have been working on a lot on this year.


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Bee Negative

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Everett Griner talks about beekeepers caught in a squeeze in today’s Agri View.


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ACEP Now Accepting Funding Applications

Wetlands Seagull
Cathy Isom tells us of the USDA program helping landowners protect America’s agriculture – and the fast-approaching deadline to apply for help.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Avian Influenza News; Deadlines Tomorrow

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on bird flu outbreaks and two important deadlines occurring tomorrow. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Florida Agriculture Literacy Day Scheduled for Tuesday, April 21

fl-ag-day-2015From Florida Agriculture in the Classroom:

GAINESVILLE – The 12th annual Florida Agriculture Literacy Day is scheduled for Tuesday April 21, 2015, and a new non-fiction children’s book developed for it will highlight Florida’s livestock and poultry industries.
The book, the title of which is ‘Drive Through Florida: Livestock and Poultry,’ features an animated red truck named ‘Ole Red’ that takes students on a tour of Florida’s beef, dairy, poultry, swine, equine, sheep and goat industries. Read the rest of this entry »

Commissioner Putnam, Board of Trustees Approve New Conservation Easement in Putnam County

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

FDACSTALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the other members of the Board of Trustees approved today a conservation easement with Smith Family Farms as part of the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program. More than 200 acres of the Putnam County farm will be protected under the Read the rest of this entry »

TPA Could Be Introduced in Senate This Week

There’s been a lot of talk about Trade Promotion Authority and now, National Pork Producers Spokesman Dave Warner says we could see it introduced in the Senate this week.


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Bird Flu Confirmed in First Commercial Chicken Flock

broilier-chickensUp to this week, the outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in commercial poultry flocks were limited to turkeys, but as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Gary Crawford reports, that’s no longer the case.


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Dr. John Clifford, the USDA’s chief veterinarian, says Read the rest of this entry »

Conserve Florida: This Earth Day, We Salute the Soil

From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida:

usda-logoEighty years ago, on April 14, 1935, an ominous wall of blowing sand and dust swept across the Great Plains. This day is known in history as Black Sunday. During the 1930s, the Dust Bowl days were a period during which huge dust storms ravaged the Midwest because of years of overplanting, poorly managed crops and severe drought conditions. During that massive storm, people were forced to crawl on hands and Read the rest of this entry »

Peppered Up

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Everett Griner talks about the universal spice, black pepper, in today’s Agri View.


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Repairing the Tree Damage After the Winter Storms

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If your trees didn’t weather the winter storms, Cathy Isom fills you in on what you can do repair the damage.


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Strategic Plan Important for Alabama Agriculture

Gary Lemme

Gary Lemme

The Alabama Agriculture & Forestry Strategic Plan, which Members of a Steering Committee developed, calls for a more cooperative relationship between business and government in the state. Dr. Gary Lemme, director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, explains why this plan is important to the state’s ag industry.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review April 10

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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, better cherry blossoms, an app to fight food waste, and fishing for energy savings. Check out the informative video.

U.S. Expands Meat Trade

usda-logoTwo new agreements announced late last week will allow U.S. beef back into Mexico and U.S. pork into Peru. Rod Bain has the first part of our story.


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USDA Under Secretary Ed Avalos explains the Read the rest of this entry »

Drone Problems

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Everett Griner talks about FFA drone regulations forthcoming in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending April 10, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talked about avian influenza, trade issues, possible wet weather conditions, bacon, eggs and potatoes.

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Americans Are Consuming More Eggs and Bacon

bacon, eggs and toast breakfast
While we may be eating less breakfast these days, Cathy Isom tells us there are a couple of breakfast items we’re eating more of.


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Southeast Expecting Wetter than Normal Conditions

weather-rain-cloudsMany farmers have planting on their minds right now, and Tyron Spearman reports we could be seeing wetter than normal conditions in parts of the Southeast this spring.


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Florida Lawmakers Discuss Tax Cuts

Sam Ard

Sam Ard

With just a few weeks left to the 2015 Florida Legislative session, lawmakers this past week dealt with sales tax issues. Sam Ard, director of governmental affairs for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, explains.


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Alabama Lawmakers Discuss Catfish and More

aac-logoAlabama legislators were only in session two days this past week, but Leigha Cauthen, executive director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council, says they did take care of quite a bit of business.


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USDA Official Discusses Trade in Tallahassee

Alexis Taylor

Alexis Taylor

USDA officials have been on the road this year meeting with agricultural stakeholders around the country to talk about the importance of Trade Promotion Authority for the president in expanding international markets for U.S. products. USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Alexis Taylor was in Florida recently and stopped in Tallahassee.


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H5N2 Spreading

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the 9th outbreak of H5N2 avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Minnesota. Read the rest of this entry »

Commissioner Putnam Announces Record $4.2 Billion ‘Fresh From Florida’ International Sales in 2014

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

fdacs-grapefruit-tomatoesTALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that international exports of “Fresh From Florida” products increased last year to $4.2 billion, an all-time record. This is the third year in a row that Florida exports have Read the rest of this entry »

Florida NRCS Office in Santa Rosa County Holding Open House

usda-logoSanta Rosa County, Florida farmers are being reminded an Open House will be held next Tuesday, April 14 from 4:00-6:00pm at the new USDA Service Center in Jay. Natural Resources Conservation Service District Conservationist Trent Mathews invites folks to join them to see the new office.


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Antibiotic Use

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Everett Griner talks about producers overusing antibiotics in today’s Agri View.


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Will Bentley talks about Georgia Cattlemen’s Association


Will Bentley discusses recent GCA conference and their upcoming summer conference as well as new Georgia legislation affecting the cattle industry.

FSA Teams “Jump” in for Support at Local Offices

Cathy Isom

Cathy Isom


Cathy Isom checks into how Farm Service Agency Jump Teams are helping take the load off in offices and locations across the nation.


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