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Florida Veterans, Small and New Farmers Invited to Workshop

USDAVeterans, small and new farmers are being reminded you are welcome to take part in a workshop in Crestview, Florida this Thursday, July 21. Darryl Williams, district conservationist with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Okaloosa County, says you can learn more about the various programs being offered.

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To learn more, call 850-526-4910 or contact your local NRCS office.

Alabama Partners Working to Conserve Natural Resources

Dr. William Puckett

Dr. William Puckett

Efforts continue across Alabama to conserve natural resources. And according to Dr. William Puckett, executive director of the Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee, it takes partners to make this happen, and the committee is very pleased to be able to work with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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House Passes EPA Spending Bill

Overshadowed by the GMO labeling bill, the U.S. House of Representative’s last week also passed a spending bill for the Environmental Protection Agency. All 12 appropriation bills in Congress face a rather uncertain future, as lawmakers are now on summer recess and only a few Read the rest of this entry »

Congress Out Until after Labor Day

In case you missed it, both the Senate and House have adjourned so that lawmakers can attend their respective party presidential conventions and for their annual August recess. They are not scheduled to return to Washington D.C. until after Labor Day.

Farm Bureau Boot Camp

Farm Bureau Boot CampThe Farm Bureau Women’s Communications Boot Camp is open to all women who are Farm Bureau members and want to enhance their communication and leadership skills. Cathy Isom tells us about the crash-course helping women in farming be better communicators on and off the farm. That’s coming up on “This Land of Ours.” Hear Cathy’s report and learn more.

Agriculture Falsely Singled Out for Harmful Algal Bloom

Picture from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Picture from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Special interest groups have targeted agriculture as the sole cause for the algal blooms in South Florida. With more on that story, here’s Southeast AgNet’s Josh McGill.

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Putting Out a “Call to Arms” on TPP

Trans Pacific PartnershipTop Agriculture groups are putting out a ‘call to arms’ after comments last week by congressional leaders suggesting it’s unlikely the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will be considered during the lame duck session this year. Both Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are downplaying the chances for a TPP vote this year. McConnell blames a lack of votes during a presidential election year while Ryan says the deal needs “fixing”.

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USDA Starting GMO Labeling Rulemaking Process

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is already working on the rulemaking process as required by the bipartisan GMO labeling bill which cleared Congress last week.

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Georgia Grown Moment – Premium Peanut

ga-grown-premium-peanut-201For this week’s Georgia Grown Moment, Karl Zimmer, CEO and President of Premium Peanut, discusses their new shelling operation in Douglas, Georgia. Mr. Zimmer also touches on the important role Georgia Grown has played at Premium.

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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Hurricane Preparedness

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks about hurricane preparedness. Floridians should have a disaster supply kit and have a plan of action in case a storm hits.

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Fire Ant Problem

Red imported fire antEverett Griner talks about a bigger, more powerful, fire ant in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. ?

Ag in Review for the Week Ending July 15, 2016

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have the latest concerning passage of the GMO labeling bill, how USDA’s proposed organic livestock rule is of real concern for many in the livestock industry, horses, farm labor Read the rest of this entry »

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