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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review August 14

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: Dealing with drought in Texas, feeding children in Africa, and alternatives to antibiotics.


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Water Facts

Water pump in the field during dry season
Everett Griner talks about everyone needing a stable water supply in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending August 14, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we look at some of the issues the House and Senate will need to deal with when they return in September, what scientific breakthrough could mean for peanuts being consumed by those who were once allergic, and about AgNet Media’s big event, Citrus Expo, which is coming up in a few days.

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New Online Tool to Help Lose and Maintain Weight

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Cathy Isom tells us about the new online tool to help you lose the weight, keep it off and where to find it.


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Florida Forest Service Sends Crews to Battle Louisiana Wildfire

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

fl-forest-service-logoTALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today that the Florida Forest Service is sending two crews of 40 wildland firefighters to assist wildfire suppression efforts in the Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana. With these deployments, 129 Florida Forest Service fire personnel are currently deployed and assisting in various wildland Read the rest of this entry »

Congress Has Much to Do When They Return

When the House and Senate return in September, there will be a number of orders of business they will need to focus on. Reece Langley, vice president of Washington Operations for the National Cotton Council, shares what the Council anticipates when Congress returns.


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Apalachicola Oyster Woes Spur Calls for Tighter Enforcement

From THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By MARGIE MENZEL

news service florida logoAPALACHICOLA, August 13, 2015……….Apalachicola Bay is taking a long time to recover from a 2012 collapse that also severely damaged the local economy.

Roughly 100 seafood workers have left the Franklin County area to find work. And financial stress is tempting the remaining workers to harvest oysters smaller than the legal size — a practice that seafood industry Read the rest of this entry »

Secretary of Agriculture Meets with Alabama Catfish Farmers

From the Alabama Farmers Federation:

The nation’s top agriculture official was in west Alabama Wednesday awarding grants to rural communities and talking to farmers about issues ranging from overbearing environmental regulations to foreign trade.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, flanked by U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, announced $4.9 million in Read the rest of this entry »

Central Florida Being Drenched Again

weather-rain-cloudsParts of central Florida were under flood advisories Thursday, with more rain possible today and Saturday. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey comments on the state’s very active wet season and how same pattern is not being found in other areas of the South.


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Kudzu

Kudzu vines

Kudzu vines

Everett Griner talks about kudzu growth in decline in today’s Agri View.


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Peanut Allergy Research

Peanut butter
Cathy Isom tells us about the scientific breakthrough on peanuts and why it could mean the popular snack could be consumed by even those who were once allergic.


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Commissioner John McMillan Applauds Congressman Byrne for his support and passage of the Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries:

John McMillan

John McMillan

Montgomery, AL- John McMillan, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, released the following statement in response to the passage of the Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 774).

“During the 2015 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature, the State of Alabama recognized the need for congressional action to curb foreign illegal fishing in U.S. waters. In a joint resolution sponsored by Senator Rusty Glover of Mobile, the state encouraged Congress to Read the rest of this entry »

Commissioner Adam Putnam’s Statement Regarding Everglades Water Improvement

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–The South Florida Water Management District today announced that during the Water Year 2015 monitoring period, implementation of Best Management Practices on agricultural land resulted in a 79-percent phosphorous reduction in the Everglades Agricultural Area, which far exceeds the 25-percent reduction requirement. This achievement marks a 20-year milestone.

“Farmers and ranchers throughout our state are looking toward science and data in order to protect Florida’s waterways and manage farms more efficiently, and Read the rest of this entry »

Citrus Expo 2015 Update

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Gary Cooper

We spoke with AgNet Media’s founder and president, Gary Cooper, about Citrus Expo 2015. The show has been owned by AgNet Media, Inc. for ten years now and Cooper said this year will be the best yet. Citrus Expo is open to all growers, grove managers, industry professionals and researchers at no cost. Simply go to CitrusExpo.net and pre-register today. All pre-registered growers will be eligible to win a John Deere gun safe, courtesy of Everglades Farm Equipment.


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13 States File WOTUS Injunction

A coalition of 13 states have asked a federal judge to block the controversial Waters of the U.S. rule slated to take effect later this month. Led by North Dakota, the attorney generals for eight of the 13 states filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in U.S. District Court for District of North Dakota, Read the rest of this entry »

National Award Recognizes Florida Land Steward Partnership

From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida:

L-R: Chris Demers, Michael Bush, Anthony Grossman and Joe Prenger receive the Two Chiefs Award

L-R: Chris Demers, Michael Bush, Anthony Grossman and Joe Prenger receive the Two Chiefs Award

Gainesville, Fla., Aug. 3, 2015 – The USDA Joint Forestry Team’s Two-Chief Award was recently presented to the Florida Land Stewardship Partnership for its outreach and land management planning efforts for private landowners. The award recognizes successful forestry conservation efforts made possible through Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Chef Wins Taste Challenge Gold Award

NEW ORLEANS – Chef Hari Pulapaka of Cress Restaurant, Deland, Florida was named the winner of the Gold award at the inaugural Farm to Table Chefs Taste Challenge (CTC), which took August 7, 2015 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. His winning creating was “NOLA – New Old Latin Asian” which featured Hatch Green Chile Panna Cotta, Smoked Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Grown Pavilion Signup Deadline Nearing

ga-grown-logoThe Georgia National Fair is coming up next month, but folks are being reminded that vendor applications for the Georgia Grown Pavilion are due by this Friday, August 14.


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New Warning

Fried Egg in a Frying Pan
Everett Griner talks about non-stick utensils deemed dangerous in today’s Agri View.


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Edible Flowers – Part 2

Nasturtium flowers

Nasturtium flowers

In the second part of her series Cathy Isom tells us some precautions to take before adding edible flowers to our diet.


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Citrus Expo Less Than a Week Away

Gary

Gary Cooper

There’s less than a week left until the world’s premier citrus event, which promises to be one you won’t forget. Citrus Expo 2015 will be held at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers, August 19-20. Growers can pre-register until noon on August 14 for a chance to win a John Deere gun safe. So don’t wait; pre-register now at CitrusExpo.net. In the following report, Gary Cooper, president and founder of AgNet Media, Inc., gives the latest news on this exciting event.



Don’t Wait; Pre-register Now!


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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces $4.9 Million in Investments for Rural Alabama Businesses and Community Infrastructure

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

usda-logoWHITE HALL, Ala., Aug. 12, 2015 – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is in Alabama today to announce $4.9 million in new funding for projects that will protect public safety and health, improve water and wastewater infrastructure and create expanded economic opportunities in rural Alabama.

“The investments that USDA is announcing in Alabama today are vital to protect public health and safety and improve the economic well-being of the state’s rural residents,” Vilsack said. “USDA is Read the rest of this entry »

WTO Sets COOL Arbitration Meetings

The Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has announced it will hold country of origin labeling (COOL) arbitration meetings September 15-16 in Geneva.


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Mobile Irrigation Labs Helping Southeast Florida

Russell Morgan

Russell Morgan

Florida State Conservationist Russell Morgan, with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, talks about Mobile Irrigation Labs and how they can help agricultural producers experiencing drought conditions in southeast Florida.


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Alabama RCPP Project Crosses State Lines

Steve Musser

Steve Musser

Steve Musser, assistant state conservationist for programs with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, talks about how a project through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program is crossing over into nearby states.


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Ag Land Values and Cash Rental Rates Are Up

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

U.S. ag land values have seen an increase year over year, while cash rental rates for farm acreage are also up. Rod Bain has the story.


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Putnam Discusses Trade Issues

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

Since the U.S. and Cuba have restored diplomatic relations, there are many farmers across our country wondering if trade will be next. While efforts have been underway by some to end the half-century-old U.S. trade embargo, many in Florida agriculture remember NAFTA, and wonder if this could be a repeat of that. Here’s Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam.


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First PB & J Sandwich

Peanut butter and jelly sandwich with fruit
Everett Griner talks about peanut allergies. They may be disappearing in today’s Agri View.


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Edible Flowers – Part 1

Chinese style soup with day lily and sparerib

Chinese style soup with day lily and sparerib

Cathy Isom tells us how to add color and variety to your snacks and meals WITHOUT the extra calories in the first part of her series on edible flowers.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Senate Blocks EPA Requirements; WOTUS Internal Memos

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report on pesticide permit requirements for spraying and speculation that the Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS) will not hold up in the courts. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

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