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New Line of Attack against WOTUS

Opponents of the proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule have opened a new avenue of attack, accusing the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers of thwarting requirements of the Administrative procedure Act.

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Best Fed

Globe on a plateEverett Griner talks about the United States still the best fed country in today’s Agri View.

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50 Years of American Wilderness

wilderness-50th-2014The Federal Wilderness Act got it’s start 50 years ago, and Cindy Zimmerman has a story on how wilderness areas in our country have grown since that time.

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United States and Brazil Reach Agreement to End WTO Cotton Dispute

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 – Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced that the United States and Brazil have reached agreement to settle the longstanding Cotton dispute in the World Trade Organization (WTO). Under the terms of the agreement, Brazil will terminate the Cotton case, giving up its rights to countermeasures against U.S. trade or any further proceedings in this dispute. Brazil has also agreed not to Read the rest of this entry »

NCC Commends Resolution of Brazil WTO Dispute

From the National Cotton Council:

MEMPHIS — The National Cotton Council appreciates the U.S. government’s successful efforts to conclude the U.S.-Brazil trade dispute in the World Trade Organization through negotiation, thereby avoiding retaliation.

NCC Chairman Wally Darneille reiterated that the U.S. cotton industry has undertaken extensive efforts to Read the rest of this entry »

Endless Challenge

Ear of corn against a field under cloudsEverett Griner talks about increasing food production still challenges producers in today’s Agri View.

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Climate Smart Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman has a report today concerning climate smart agriculture.

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USDA Threatens Domestic Food Supply with Proposed Rule

From the office of Congressman Ted S. Yoho:

Ted Yoho

Ted Yoho

Washington, DC¬– Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), along with others, sent a letter recently to Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Administrator Kevin Shea. The letter is asking the agency to halt the implementation of the their proposed rule from December 2013 – allowing for the importation of fresh and frozen beef from regions in Brazil – until an audit conducted by the Government Accountability Office of the methodology of the site visits takes place. Read the rest of this entry »

Southeast AgNet This Week: Risk Management; Livestock Disaster Program Deadline

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes information on new USDA risk management programs and a reminder about an important deadline. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Name Brand

variety of grocery products - vegetables, fruits, meat, dairy, wineEverett Griner talks about how names help consumers decide on foods in today’s Agri View.

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Digital Release of Farmland Movie Coming

farmland-movie-picWe told you last week that the movie “Farmland” was produced to help better explain agriculture. And if you have yet to see the movie, Cindy Zimmerman reports today that the digital release of it is coming soon.

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USDA Awards Over $52 Million in Grants to Grow Organic and Local Food Economies

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the awarding of over $52 million in support of the growing organic industry and local and regional food systems through five U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant programs. And some of those dollars will be coming to the Southeast as grants were awarded in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Longleaf Pine Restoration Tour October 8

usda-logoFlorida landowners have a chance to tour a restored longleaf pine forest, see how it is managed for wildlife habitat and learn about financial incentives to private landowners during a tour that will take place next week.

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Alabama Forestry Field Days Improve Land Management

forestsUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, the Alabama Natural Resources Council, Alabama State Tree Farm Committee, and other conservation partners are sponsoring three regional field days to promote forest stewardship.

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Florida’s Diversity Showcased in Ag Tour

ctic-fl-tourIf you ever wanted to see the Florida Everglades up close and personal, your chance is here as this year’s Conservation in Action Tour will be held October 14-15.

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WOTUS Debate Continues

When it comes to EPA’s Proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule, emotions continue to run high. The White House is reviewing the proposal which is intended to vastly expand the agency’s control of U.S. waters on and off farms and ranches.

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Citrus Experiment

Satsuma OrangeEverett Griner talks about the Satsuma Orange in today’s Agri View.

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Florida State Forester Jim Karels Appointed President of National Association of State Foresters

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Tallahassee, FL – State Forester Jim Karels has been appointed to serve as president of the National Association of State Foresters, a nonprofit national organization composed of the directors of forestry agencies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The appointment was announced at its national meeting yesterday.

“Jim Karels has provided strong leadership on forestry, wildfire suppression and land management for more than 30 years. It comes as no surprise that he is now recognized among his peers as the best of the best,” said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending September 26, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have stories concerning USDA announcing new programs designed to help farmers better manage risk, a reminder for cotton producers that the sign up period for the Cotton Transition Assistance Program will soon end, and a reminder for eligible livestock producers that September 30th deadline to sign up for the livestock disaster program and receive full payment.

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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review September 26

USDA-Week-in-ReviewA weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, job training youth for a brighter future, helping maintain America’s public lands and breaking ground on a solar farm. Please watch the video.

Farmland Movie Helps Explain Agriculture

farmland-movie-picThe movie “Farmland” was produced to help better explain agriculture to those who have no idea what all it involves. Cindy Zimmerman has more on what some of the elements have been in this project.

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NWTF Sponsors National Hunting and Fishing Day

From the National Wild Turkey Federation:

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) encourages everyone to participate in National Hunting and Fishing Day by introducing new individuals to the variety of outdoor opportunities available this weekend.

On Saturday, Sept. 27, NWTF-sponsored National Hunting and Fishing Day events will take place across the country allowing the general public to experience hunting, fishing and shooting sports while learning about America’s conservation successes. Read the rest of this entry »

New PLC and ARC Programs

Tyron Spearman has more information about the new Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage programs that were announced this week by USDA.

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Cattle Producers Urged to Submit Comments on WOTUS

Richard Gebhart

Richard Gebhart

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association set a goal of having 10,000 comments submitted to the EPA to push back against their “Waters of the United States” proposal. NCBA Treasurer and Oklahoma Cattleman, Richard Gebhart urges producers to get those comments submitted.

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Commissioner Putnam Announces Belinda G. Chason as 2014 Woman of the Year in Agriculture

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Tallahassee, FL – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced today that Belinda G. Chason of Quincy has been named the 2014 Woman of the Year in Agriculture. The award, now in its 30th year, recognizes women who have made outstanding contributions to Florida agriculture.

“Belinda Chason is a true advocate for Florida agriculture. She spent more than four decades sharing her knowledge and love of our land with Read the rest of this entry »

New Programs to Help Farmers Manage Risk


Tom Vilsack

USDA has announced new programs designed to help farmers better manage risk. And according to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, farmers will have several important decisions to make over the next few months with the opportunity to make the first of those this coming Monday.

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USDA helped create online tools that allow farmers to enter information about their operation and see projections about what each program will mean for them under possible future scenarios. The new tools are available at

Plains Peanut Festival

Tyron Spearman has a reminder that the Plains Peanut Festival will take place this weekend.

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U.S. Forest Service Encourages Participation in Public Lands Day

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 — The U.S. Forest Service is offering a fee-free day on Sept. 27, 2014 in conjunction with the 21st annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the Nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands projects that ensure sustainable ecosystems and promote vibrant communities.

“On National Public Lands Day, we welcome you to join trail maintenance projects, campouts, shoreline cleanups and much more,” said U.S. Forest Chief Tom Tidwell. “Volunteering on a project on this special day will Read the rest of this entry »

Positive Outlook

upper-middle-class-feeding-Everett Griner talks about agriculture’s good times continuing in today’s Agri View.

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NACD Meets with EPA to Discuss Concerns on Proposed “Waters of the U.S.” Rule

From the National Association of Conservation Districts:

WASHINGTON, DC—September 25, 2015—National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) leadership met with representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today to express concerns on behalf of member conservation districts regarding the proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Unfortunately representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict.

“We appreciate the opportunity to be at the table to represent conservation districts on this important issue,” said NACD President Earl Garber. “Our goal in this meeting was to Read the rest of this entry »

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