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Agricultural Producers in Florida Still Have Time to Apply for Direct Farm Ownership Loan Program

From USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Florida:

(Gainesville, FL), Aug. 07, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Florida Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Rick Dantzler, today announced that farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest 2014 loans available through FSA’s direct farm ownership program. The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 30, 2014.

Eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct new farm buildings or Read the rest of this entry »

Vilsack Gives Report on Farm Bill Implementation

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

On Wednesday U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack gave a 6-month update on the new farm bill. Gary Crawford has this story on where we are in the process of implementing it.

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Affordable Healthcare Act Workshops Coming Soon in Georgia

The Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association invites growers to join them for a review of employer requirements to offer health insurance to help you understand and apply these aspects in your farm operation.

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More information is available on the GFVGA website.

Nut Research

Pecan OrchardEverett Griner talks about how nut farming is rapidly growing in today’s Agri View.

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Connecting Urban Youngsters to Agriculture

Efforts have been underway to connect urban youth to agriculture as Cindy Zimmerman has the story.

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ASA Responds to Russian Ban on U.S. Food Imports

From the American Soybean Association:

asa-logoWASHINGTON (August 6, 2014) – In response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement Wednesday of an impending retaliatory ban on a significant number of agricultural imports to Russia, American Soybean Association President Ray Gaesser highlighted soybean farmers’ concerns with the ban, that would halt the import of a yet-to-be-determined Read the rest of this entry »

Ram Certified Agriculture Dealers

dodge-ram-logo-2Dodge trucks are following up on their widely popular Super Bowl ad by focusing on the agriculture community. Gary Cooper reports.

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To learn more about the Certified Agricultural Dealership Program, visit their website.

USDA Designates 3 Counties in Florida as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Escambia, Jackson and Santa Rosa counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain that occurred from April 4, 2014, through May 2, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Updating Farm Bill Implementation at 6-Month Mark


Tom Vilsack

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced continued progress on implementing the 2014 Farm Bill. He was pleased to report that they’ve made tremendous progress in the first six months since the Farm Bill was signed.

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Submit Comments to Stop EPA from Expanding Clean Water Act Authority

From the Florida Cattlemen’s Association:

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently proposed an expansion of their federal authority over “waters of the U.S.” The agencies have proposed to redefine the definition of “Waters of the United States,” and that new definition would require cattle ranchers to get the permission of the federal government anytime they needed to expand, do maintenance, or perform routine activities like driving a tractor through a pasture.

Almost all activities on our open land will now Read the rest of this entry »

UF/IFAS Study Shows Flavor Trumps Health for Blueberry Buying

blueberriesAccording to new research from the University of Florida, taste trumps health benefits for blueberry buyers, sending a strong message that fruit consumers value flavor most.

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Dust Days

dust storm hits farmlandEverett Griner talks about modern farming preventing another dust bowl in today’s Agri View.

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New USDA Conservation Program Receives Nearly 600 Proposals

USDAAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week that USDA’s new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) has drawn an overwhelming response from partners across the nation. Nearly 5,000 organizations partnered together to submit nearly 600 pre-proposals by the July deadline.

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Congress ask USDA to Drop COOL if WTO Sides with Canada and Mexico

Food Safety News reports if the World Trade Organization sides with Canada and Mexico on country of origin labeling, Congress members request USDA to drop the rule.

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National Peanut Board Launches New Website

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The National Peanut Board has launched a new website which offers resources to help understand and manage food allergies. Tyron Spearman has the story.

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Farm Worker With Herd Of CowsEverett Griner talks about county extension agents being in decline in today’s Agri View.

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Longleaf Pine Restoration Efforts Continue

Leonard Jordan

Leonard Jordan

Associate Chief for Conservation with USDA’s Natural Resources Conversation Service, Leonard Jordan, encourages landowners who have not looked into the Longleaf Pine Initiative to do so by stopping by their local NRCS office.

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Addressing Peanut Allergy Concerns with Facts

peanuts-in-shellParents, schools, health professionals and others have a new resource to help them understand and effectively manage food allergies, thanks to the National Peanut Board. Cindy Zimmerman reports that NPB has launched, a website dedicated to providing science-based information about peanut and food allergies.

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Stick to 3-year Peanut Rotation and Energy Grants and Loans Available

One man encourages peanut farmers to stick to their three year peanut rotation, as Tyron Spearman has that story along with information about energy grants and loans that are available.

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New USDA Conservation Partnership Program Receives Nearly 600 Initial Proposals

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today that USDA’s new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), which brings together businesses, tribes, communities and other non-government partners to invest in conservation efforts, has drawn an overwhelming response from partners across the nation. Nearly 5,000 organizations partnered together to submit nearly 600 pre-proposals by the July deadline.

“This program is an entirely new approach to conservation,” Secretary Vilsack said. “By establishing new public-private partnerships, we can have Read the rest of this entry »

Milk Producers Concerned with Trade Barriers

The National Milk Producers Federation accused the European Union at a recent senate trade subcommittee hearing of cutting deals with South Korea and others to keep out U.S. goods with geographical names like those the Europeans use on cheese and wine.

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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Kids ID Theft


Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about the efforts to protect children from identity theft.

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

Safety Issue

farming tractor spraying a fieldEverett Griner talks about how living near a farm could be dangerous in today’s Agri View.

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August 3-9 is National Farmers Market Week

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, 2014, “National Farmers Market Week”. Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our nation’s thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.

The declaration was made via an official proclamation signed by Secretary Vilsack. This year marks the 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week recognizing the important role that Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review For the Week Ending August 1, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports regarding the longleaf pine initiative, how the peanut crop looks thus far in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and about efforts underway to find a new Executive Vice President for the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association.

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Longleaf Pine Acres are Increasing

nrcs-long-leaf-pineThanks to efforts by many over the past few years, longleaf pine acres across the Southeast are increasing. Cindy Zimmerman has the story.

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Alabama Landowner Honored for Longleaf Pine Restoration Work

Salem Saloom

Salem Saloom

An event took place last week in Washington D.C. marking the 5th anniversary of America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative. And during that event, Alabama landowner Salem Saloom was honored for his work with longleaf pine restoration.

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And Dr. Saloom talks even more about efforts to restore the longleaf pine across the Southeast…
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University of Florida PIE Center to Hold Webinar

Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper

Coming up August 20th, the University of Florida’s PIE Center will hold a webinar that many of you may be interested in. Gary Cooper has the details.

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To learn more about this webinar click here.

GCA Accepting Resumes for Executive Vice President

gcaWe told you a couple of weeks ago that Josh White, who has served as Executive Vice President of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association for the past 5 years, has taken a position with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Denver. And because of that fact, a search committee was formed to fill the position.

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To view the full job description, go to the GCA website or contact their office in Macon.

Cattle Operations Honored for Stewardship Efforts

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

DENVER (July 31, 2014) – Seven cattle operations were recognized here today as regional winners of the 2014 regional Environmental Stewardship Award Program. The awards, announced during the 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference, honor the industry’s best land stewards. The seven regional winners will now compete for the national ESAP award, which will be announced during the 2015 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas.

The awards, now in their 24th year, were developed to recognize beef producers for their efforts to implement practices which improve the Read the rest of this entry »

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