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Red Imported Fire Ants

Everett Griner talks about imported insects and disease costing millions in today’s Agri View.


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Ebola Affecting Agriculture

While Ebola fears continue to spread, Cindy Zimmerman reports how it is affecting agriculture in one country.


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Businessman-Rancher Preserves Old Fla., Panther Corridor

From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida:

Dwayne House walks along the Caloosahatchee River on his ranch where he has created a conservation easement that will protect a crossing for the endangered Florida panther

Dwayne House walks along the Caloosahatchee River on his ranch where he has created a conservation easement that will protect a crossing for the endangered Florida panther

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Oct. 20, 2014–Dwayne House has lived everything he dreamed of. A successful businessman, an international investor in power generation, construction, oil exploration, agriculture; it would be hard to name a place in the world he hasn’t been. But he will be the first to tell you that wealth isn’t measured in money. It is having that ability to control your own time. And what he wants to do with his is to be a rancher. “I am very independent; and independence and ranching go together,” he said.

It was a challenge. Dwayne was one of 10 children growing up in Middleton, Md. “We were poor and didn’t know it,” he said. But when he was 8 Dwayne knew he was going to be in international business and travel the world. He worked his way through college studying economics and Read the rest of this entry »

NCC to Hold STAX-Farm Bill Workshops in Ala. and Ga.

The National Cotton Council (NCC) has scheduled 25 educational meetings across the Cotton Belt to provide its members with in-depth information regarding insurance options for cotton under The Agricultural Act of 2014. And a few of those meetings will take place in Alabama and Georgia.


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NPPC Urges White House, Congress To Fix COOL Law

From the National Pork Producers Council:

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 20, 2014 – Following the release today of the World Trade Organization’s decision on the U.S. meat labeling law, the National Pork Producers Council urged the Obama administration and Congress to fix the law to avoid trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico.

As expected, the WTO ruled that the mandatory Country-Of-Origin Labeling (COOL) statute violates U.S. international Read the rest of this entry »

University of Florida-IFAS Hires World Bank Expert

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

The University of Florida/IFAS has hired a World Bank fisheries expert to lead its new Food Systems Hub. Dr. Jack Payne, UF’s senior vice-president for ag and natural resources explains.


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Try Again

Asian-citrus-psyllid-nymphsEverett Griner talks about citrus greening still threatening the industry in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending October 17, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we hear from this year’s Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year, provide information about 45 state cattlemen’s associations sending a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, along with looking at how it’s a good year for pumpkins and more.

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Barn Owls Helping with Rodent Control

owlsBarn owls are helping some farmers save quite a few dollars when it comes to rodent control. Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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Cattle Producers Urged to Get Involved in Preserving the Checkoff

Philip Ellis

Philip Ellis

We told you earlier this week that 45 state cattlemen’s associations had sent a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging him not to issue an order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President-Elect Philip Ellis from Wyoming explains what the letter is all about.


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Citrus Veterans Share Stories

Legacy-lunch

Former orange juice spokesperson Anita Bryant and the late Ben Hill Griffin Jr. were among topics of discussion when approximately 35 citrus industry veterans gathered at Florida Southern College Friday. Of course, there were also tales of hoeing citrus trees as youngsters. The occasion was the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame’s Legacy Luncheon, touted as an opportunity to see old friends and share industry stories. Orlando grower Jerry Chicone discusses the origins of the Legacy Luncheon and the importance of industry veterans sharing time and tales.


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Fish Farming

catfishEverett Griner talks about catfish farming on the decline in today’s Agri View.


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New Numbers for Bio-tech Crops

There are new numbers when it comes to bio-tech crops, as Cindy Zimmerman has more.


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CTIC Holds Tour in Florida

The Conservation Technology and Information Center’s 2014 Conservation in Action Tour took place this week in Florida as participants were able to explore the Everglades Agricultural Area. Mike D. stopped by the University of Florida’s Everglades Education and Research Center to talk with some of the folks and has this report.


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Georgia Officials Urge Highway Caution during Harvest Season

Harris Blackwood and Gary Black

Harris Blackwood and Gary Black

As a part of the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo, the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Georgia Department of Agriculture teamed together again to remind motorists and farmers to use caution during harvest time. I talked with GOHS Director Harris Blackwood who said they have been seeing an upward trend in farm equipment related incidents.


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Planters Nutmobile at Sunbelt Expo

sunbelt-planters-nutmobile-Today is the final day of the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo, and as Tyron Spearman reports, those attending are encouraged to stop by the Georgia Peanut Commission building to see the Planters Nutmobile.


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Drying Up

drought1Everett Griner talks about the drought drying up more than just crops in today’s Agri View.


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Why Specialty Crops are so Special

vegetablesThere is a reason why specialty crops are so special, as Cindy Zimmerman explains.


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USDA Deputy Secretary Visits Sunbelt Expo

Krysta Harden talking with Randall Weiseman

Krysta Harden talking with Randall Weiseman

One of the visitors to the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo has been USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden who enjoyed attending this event to talk with farmers first hand. She says many of her conservations were about some of the new farm bill programs.


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WTO Ruling Favors U.S. Poultry verses India

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

A World Trade Organization panel sides with the U.S. in claims that India illegally kept U.S. poultry products out of that market. Rod Bain has the story.


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Day Two of Sunbelt Ag Expo

sunbeltToday is day two of the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia as much better weather is expected. And Tyron Spearman says there will be a lot to see while there.


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4-H and FFA

ffa-logoEverett Griner talks about 4-H and FFA being highly successful organizations in schools in today’s Agri View.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Farmer of the Year; Dairy Program Signup

AgNet This Week

The current issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on the Sunbelt Farmer of the Year award winner and signup information for the Dairy Margin Protection Program. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Good Year for Pumpkins

Pumpkin patchIf you are seeing a lot of pumpkins this year, there is a good reason why. Cindy Zimmerman reports on how this has been a good year for the seasonal favorite.


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Sunbelt Ag Expo Farmer of Year is from Georgia

Philip Grimes

Philip Grimes

While rain and storms have been a big part of the opening day for the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo, many folks braved the wet conditions to attend the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year Award luncheon. And when it was all over, the winner of this year’s event was crop farmer Philip Grimes of Tifton, Georgia.


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United States Wins WTO Trade Enforcement Dispute for American Farmers

From the White House:

Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced today that the United States has won a major victory at the World Trade Organization (WTO) on behalf of U.S. farmers, including the U.S. poultry industry. A WTO dispute settlement panel has found in favor of the United States in a dispute challenging India’s ban on various U.S. agricultural products – such as poultry meat, eggs, and live pigs – allegedly to Read the rest of this entry »

Statement on WTO Decision Ruling against India’s Ban on US Poultry Imports

From the National Chicken Council:

Washington, D.C. – October 14, 2014 – Today’s announcement by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) that the World Trade Organization has ruled against India in its ban on U.S. poultry imports is commended by the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) and the National Chicken Council (NCC).

India placed a ban on U.S. poultry in 2007 under the guise of preventing low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI), but Read the rest of this entry »

Soggy Start to Sunbelt Ag Expo

sunbelt-wet-start-2014Gates opened a bit later than normal for the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia as rain welcomed those who were here to start the event off. More showers are expected today so obviously that will affect the field demo harvesting plans, so I caught up with Farm Manager Michael Chafin to see what their plans are.


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Sunbelt Ag Expo Starts Today

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo officially starts today at Spence Field in Moultrie, Georgia. Tyron Spearman is there and has a look at what some of the events planned for the first day include.


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With Fries?

cheseburger and potatoEverett Griner talks about fast food chains supporting many families in today’s Agri View.


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