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Alabama AgriBusiness Council President Pleased with Annual Meeting

aac-meeting-2015For the past couple of days, the Alabama Agribusiness Council has been holding their annual meeting in Orange Beach, and folks from across the state were in attendance. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Governor Signs Budget but Issues Vetoes

tallahassee-floridaFlorida Governor Rick Scott signed a $78.2 billion budget today that was finalized last week by lawmakers for the fiscal year that starts July 1. But in the process he did issue $461.4 million in vetoes.

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Hang On to Memories without the Mess

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How to hang on to things with sentimental value without creating a clutter pile. Cathy Isom has more.

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Southeast AgNet This Week: Water-Use Efficiency; Honeybees and Crops

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes videos that explain how Cotton Incorporated is trying to increase water-use efficiency in cotton production and how an Alabama farmer is using honeybees to pollinate his soybean crop. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

McMillan Speaks at Alabama AgriBusiness Council Meeting

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John McMillan

The Alabama Agribusiness Council had its annual meeting this week in Orange Beach, and one of the guest speakers was John McMillan, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries. He talked about a variety of issues, including avian influenza.

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ASTA CEO Pleased with Annual Meeting

Andy Lavigne

Andy Lavigne

The 132nd annual meeting of the American Seed Trade Association took place last week in Washington D.C. With a focus on advocacy, seed industry representatives met with their elected officials in Congress to talk about important issues such as trade, pollinator health and labeling. ASTA CEO Andy Lavigne was pleased with the annual meeting as he says they made their voices heard.

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To hear more of Lavigne’s comments and for more about their annual meeting go to agwiredcom.

Georgia Bid to Toss Water Lawsuit Rejected


chattahoochee-riverTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, June 22, 2015………. A special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court to preside over Florida’s long-running water dispute with Georgia has denied a bid to have the case dismissed.

Special master Ralph Lancaster ruled Friday that the federal government does not have to be a party to the case, as Georgia argued in seeking dismissal, and that the lawsuit Read the rest of this entry »

Moving Forward on Trade Votes

Trade votes in the Senate are expected yet this week.

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Butt Heads

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Everett Griner talks about goat farming finding new interest in today’s Agri View.

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Amendment 1 Backers Sue Lawmakers Over Funding


news service florida logoTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, June 22, 2015………. Supporters of Amendment 1 filed a lawsuit Monday claiming state lawmakers in a newly approved budget misappropriated more than $300 million of the money voters wanted for environmental land management and acquisition.

Also, supporters of the ballot initiative want a Read the rest of this entry »

Bird Flu and This Year’s Thanksgiving Turkey

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Cathy Isom lets us know what this year’s bird flu could mean for shoppers when it comes to paying for this year’s Thanksgiving turkey.

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Outgoing Alabama FFA Officers Encourage Others to Join

ffa-logoDuring the recent 87th annual Alabama FFA State Convention, the outgoing officers each commented about how FFA has helped them and encouraged others to join.

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House Ag Spending Bill Advancing

A spending bill for agriculture has won approval by the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. Last week, the committee approved the 2016 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and agencies appropriations bill.

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Callie Walker to Speak at 2015 Citrus Expo

Callie Walker

Callie Walker

Callie Walker with the Division of Plant Industry at the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services will be speaking at the 2015 Citrus Expo. We caught up with her at a recent growers meeting to get a quick preview of her presentation.

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Florida Legislature Approves Spending Plan

It took a special session to get it done, but the Florida Legislature did finally approve a spending plan late last week.

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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review June 19

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, urban agriculture in D.C., and helping our pollinator friends.

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Historical Crops

Everett Griner talks about cotton, one of our most vital crops in today’s Agri View.

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Ag in Review for the Week Ending June 19, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we explain why the number of avian influenza cases in the U.S. has begun to decline, look at how some appose a proposal to limit the number of entities on farming operations, and how regulations on drones may delay development.

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USDA Working to Further Cut Error Rates in School Meals

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The Agriculture Department’s new tool in catching administrative errors in its School Lunch and Breakfast programs. Cathy Isom has more information.

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Recently Approved IFAS Budget

uf-jack-payne-2015Despite this year’s unusual legislative session, there was good news for the future of Florida agriculture. Read the rest of this entry »

Central Florida Water Initiative

central-fl-water-initiativeMany people in Florida may not realize there is a need to conserve or the need to plan for how we will meet our future water supply needs. This is partly why the Central Florida Water Initiative was started, and Josh McGill explains what it is and who is involved with it.

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Spending Bills Aim Budget Block at EPA

Earlier this week republicans in both chambers moved bills to cut the Environmental Protection Agency budget in a move to block several regulations.

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Alabama Farmer Places Bees near Soybean Fields

honeybeeWe are hearing more and more about pollinators and the role they play. And some farmers are making sure honeybees are a part of their operations as they are interested in the impact they have on crops. And while honeybees have not traditionally been used to Read the rest of this entry »

McMillan Elected President of Southern Agriculture Commissioners Association

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries:

John McMillan

John McMillan

Montgomery, AL – Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan was elected President of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (SASDA) this week at the conclusion of their annual meeting held in Atlanta, Georgia. “I am honored to have been selected by my fellow commissioners, secretaries and directors of state agriculture departments to serve as SASDA’s President,” said McMillan. “I will work to ensure that all of the voices of southern agriculture are heard in our efforts to Read the rest of this entry »

FDA Says Trans-Fats are Not Safe

The Food and Drug Administration announced this week that partially hydrogenated oils are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in human food.

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Bee-ing Informed

Everett Griner talks about ccd being everyone’s problem in today’s Agri View.

Captain Citrus at Florida Citrus Industry Annual Conference

Captain Citrus Rocks Out
Tim Dooley from Blue Goose Growers got a kick hearing his voice as that of Captain Citrus, a superhero who derives his powers from 100 percent Florida orange juice developed by Marvel Comics for the Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC). Dooley was one of several hundred growers and family members who on Thursday ventured through an FDOC display showing its past, present and future marketing efforts at this year’s Florida Citrus Industry Annual Conference in Bonita Springs.

Changes on the Way for Buying Meat?

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Cathy Isom explains why one expert says we may soon be changing our meat buying choices.

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‘Ma’ Barker House, Beef Marketing Among Florida Budget Tidbits


news service florida logoTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, June 18, 2015………. Schools, health care, prisons, the environment and tax cuts get a lot of headlines when it comes to putting together the state’s annual spending plan.

But with lawmakers ready to vote Friday on a $78.7 billion budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1, here are some Read the rest of this entry »

Using Light to Extend Shelf Life of Tomatoes and Strawberries

uf-jack-payne-2015Research efforts, headed up by University of Florida Horticultural Sciences Chairman Kevin Folta, are underway to study how light can be used to extend the shelf life of certain vegetables. Dr. Jack Payne, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources at UF, has more information.

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