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Who Can Farmers Talk to in Tough Financial Times?

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Today, Cathy Isom fills us in on who farmers should talk to — and where to go first — when facing tough financial times.


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Florida Looking Forward to PMA Event in 2016

pmaEach year, more than 20,000 participants throughout the global fresh produce and floral supply chains come together for the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Convention and Expo. And for the next two years, the event will be held here in the Southeast.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review July 17

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, drone danger, cutting edge workplace technology, and a monument designation celebration.


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Nationwide Recall of Aspen Foods Chicken Products Due to Potential Health Risk

From the Georgia Department of Agriculture:

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain Aspen Foods stuffed chicken products distributed in Georgia due to potential health risk to consumers. Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) inspectors will be checking retail stores and warehouses to make sure the recalled products have been removed from sale. Here is Read the rest of this entry »

Advanced Registration for Southern Peanut Conference Ends Today

southernpeanutfarmersThe 17th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference will be held July 23-25 at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. But today, July 20th, is the deadline to take advantage of advanced registration rates. Registration is Read the rest of this entry »

Farm Bureau Convention Planned for Orlando

afbf-logoRegistration for the 2016 American Farm Bureau Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show in Orlando will open in October. The convention will be held January 10-12 with pre-convention events the two days before. AFBF convention specialist John Hawkins says Orlando gives the event a family atmosphere to enjoy.


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Costly Business

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Everett Griner talks about farm land, the costliest input, in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending July 17, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we get the forecast for U.S. cotton production, look at energy prices and what farmers might expect in the future, how careers in agriculture are expanding and more.

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Women Ag Network

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There is a new tool connecting women in agriculture. Cathy Isom tells us what it is and how it works.


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The USDA has created an e-mail address, agwomenlead@usda.gov, for you to share your suggestions, stories and other snippets on how the USDA can build a new generation of women leaders in agriculture. By e-mailing them, you will automatically be added to the Women in Agriculture Mentoring Network.

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Budgets Limit Forest Service Ability to Greatly Boost Timber Sales

forestsSome lawmakers are considering mandating much more timber sales from National Forests, but does that agency have the resources to do that? Gary Crawford has the story.


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Florida Ranch Receives Regional Environmental Stewardship Award

esap-25-year-sculptureIn the 25th year for the Environmental Stewardship Award Program, seven families, including the Carlton family who owns Bull Hammock Ranch in Florida, were honored this week for their outstanding land management practices during the 2015 Cattle Industry Summer Conference.


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UGA’s Scott Angle Selected to Lead International Agricultural Organization

From the University of Georgia:

Athens, Ga. – J. Scott Angle, who has served as dean and director of the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences for the past decade, has announced that he will step down from his position to lead a global organization that works to alleviate hunger.

As president and CEO of the International Fertilizer Development Center, Angle will oversee an organization that has been Read the rest of this entry »

Lower Gas and Oil Prices Helping Farmers

Rayola Dougher

Rayola Dougher

Farmers would love to know what they can expect from energy prices in the future and how policy will impact their savings opportunities. Technological innovations in the oil and natural gas industry have allowed cheaper, more plentiful energy across the country. And Rayola Dougher, senior economic advisor at the American Petroleum Institute, says we’ve been a Read the rest of this entry »

University of Florida/IFAS Hiring 40 New Faculty Members

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

Thanks to the Florida Legislature, the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) has the funding to hire 40 new faculty members. This really pleases Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources Dr. Jack Payne.


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Pretty Food

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Everett Griner talks about a new fad invading organic farming in today’s Agri View.


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Combating Food Myths with Science

myth and reality word cloudToday Cathy Isom helps us figure out what’s a myth about food or actual science.


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FAMU is Poised to Be a Global Leader in Agricultural Research and Innovation

From the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., testified yesterday before the House Committee on Agriculture chaired by Rep. K. Michael Conaway (TX-11).

Mangum was one of six 1890 land-grant university (LGU) presidents selected to testify before the Committee. The five other participating universities were Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University, Fort Valley State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Tuskegee University, and the Read the rest of this entry »

Commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Second Morrill Act

usda-logoThis morning, an event was held at the Library of Congress to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the signing of the Second Morrill Act. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack discussed USDA’s longstanding partnership with the 1890 Land-Grant Universities and their investments in the field of agriculture.


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University of Florida/IFAS Honors Blueberry Legends

uf-straughn-buildingA few years ago, a gift from Florida blueberry legends Alto and Patricia Straughn made it possible for University of Florida IFAS to build a professional development center on campus. Dr. Jack Payne, Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, says this all started about 5 years ago.


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Simon Named Acting State Conservationist in Alabama

From USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama:

Kurt Simon

Kurt Simon

AUBURN, Ala., July 15, 2015– Alabama’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced that Kurt Simon of Knoxville, Tennessee will begin serving as Alabama’s State Conservationist on Monday, July 27, 2015.

Simon currently serves as the Tennessee NRCS Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations (ASTC-FO) in Knoxville. He holds degrees in wildlife management and agronomy from Read the rest of this entry »

Various Topics Discussed at AL/GA Seed Association Meeting

The Alabama Seed Association and Georgia Seed Association held their annual meeting this week in Destin, Florida. BrayAnna Bullard was there and has this report.


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Good Choices

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Everett Griner talks about careers in agriculture expanding in today’s Agri View.


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New Learning Tools for Children

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The American Farm Bureau Foundation for agriculture has launched a program teaching children about where their food comes from. Cathy Isom explain it.


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USDA Designates 2 Counties in Florida as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Broward and Miami-Dade counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused Read the rest of this entry »

ASTA Represented at Seed Association Meeting

Perry Bohn

Perry Bohn

The Alabama Seed Association and Georgia Seed Association held their annual meeting this week in Destin, Fla. Folks from across the Southeast attended, including Perry Bohn, southeast regional vice president for the American Seed Trade Association. He talked about some of the many things that ASTA is working on.


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Ramsey Is Alabama NRCS Acting State Conservationist

Charles Ramsey

Charles Ramsey

Charles Ramsey has taken over as acting state conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama, and he encourages landowners in the state to visit their local NRCS office.


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Florida NRCS Reminder of Nearing Deadline

Roney Gutierrez

Roney Gutierrez

July 31 is the deadline to submit proposals for a program provided through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership. Roney Gutierrez with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida encourages those interested to contact the NRCS.


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FY2016 Ag Spending Bill Clears First Senate Hurdle

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

The Senate version of next fiscal year’s appropriations bill for the USDA and FDA has cleared its first hurdle. Gary Crawford has the story.


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Putnam Knows Importance of Small Farms

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

Many across the country have noticed a rise in the number of small farms, and that includes Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam.


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Foreign Trade

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Everett Griner talks about the U.S. balancing foreign trade in today’s Agri View.


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