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USDA Video: Stamps Honor Farmers Markets

usda-postage-stampsFour postage stamps honor farmers markets and farmers. Watch the video!

Agri View: CCC Update

beeEverett Griner talks about the new update on Colony Collapse Disorder not encouraging in today’s Agri View.


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Produce is Still a Bargain

We told you last Friday that food prices at the grocery store have not risen quite as much as some may think. And today Cindy Zimmerman looks at produce which is still a bargain.


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NRCS Promoting 2014 Farm Bill Programs

Leonard Jordan

Leonard Jordan

Leonard Jordan, associate chief for conservation with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, reminds landowners of some of the programs they offer through the 2014 Farm Bill.


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Animal Sciences Enrollment at Auburn Is Up

Dr. Wayne Greene

Dr. Wayne Greene

With the new school year underway, Dr. Wayne Greene says student enrollment numbers are up at the Animal Sciences Department at Auburn University.


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EPA Releases WOTUS Proposal Maps

The Environmental Protection Agency released maps detailing the extent of the Waters of the U.S. proposal last week.


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You can see the maps online at science.house.gov.

Spreading Problem

Asian-citrus-psyllid-nymphsEverett Griner talks about citrus greening spreading to other states in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending August 29, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports concerning EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, how dry conditions are affecting the peanut crop, and a look at sustainability.

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Food Prices

groceriesThere are some who feel food prices at the grocery store have skyrocketed this year, but Cindy Zimmerman reports that’s not really true.


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Farm Income Forecast to Fall This Year

While year to year farm income forecasts are expected down this year, there was improvement noted from the February estimates. Rod Bain has the story.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review August 29

08-29-14-usda-week-in-reviewA weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Check out the video!

4-H Raises Student Interest in Sciences

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

Recent studies show 4-H students show increased interest in a science based education and career. Rod Bain has the story.


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Feeding the People

groceriesEverett Griner talks about how farm technology must change in today’s Agri View.


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Peanut Farmers Urged to Verify Acreage History

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Peanut farmers across the Southeast are being urged to verify their acreage history. Tyron Spearman has more information on why it’s important to do so.


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Florida Citrus Growers, Beekeepers a Model for the Nation

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Tallahassee, FL – One year after Florida citrus growers and beekeepers joined in an innovative, voluntary partnership, the program has become a model for other states researching how to garner cooperation between beekeepers and agricultural producers.

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam gathered a group of citrus growers and beekeepers together in September 2013 to discuss the importance of Read the rest of this entry »

Questioning Sharing of Personal Producer Data

afbf-logoThe American Farm Bureau Federation is asking a federal judge to decide without trial, whether the Environmental Protection Agency can share producers’ personal data with environmental groups and others.


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USDA Announces New Risk Management Program for Dairy Farmers

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Tom Vilsack

This morning, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the start of a new risk management program for dairy farmers, known as the Dairy Margin Protection Program.


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Eat More Meat

assorted fresh raw meatsEverett Griner talks about options we have for meat consumption in today’s Agri View.


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EPA Finally Hands Over Maps Detailing the Extent of their WOTUS Proposal

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

WASHINGTON (Aug. 27, 2014) –The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology released maps today of waters and wetlands the Environmental Protection Agency has to-date refrained from making public. After multiple requests, the Agency finally handed over the maps to the committee, which appear to detail the extent of the “Waters of the United States” proposal.

“Given the astonishing picture they paint, I understand the EPA’s desire to minimize the importance of these maps,” said Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Science Committee, in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “But EPA’s posturing cannot explain away the Read the rest of this entry »

Wondering about Propane Prices This Winter

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

If you bought propane last winter, you remember the sky-high prices. And with fall just around the corner, there are some wondering if we might be headed for the same thing again this winter. Gary Crawford has more on that.


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USDA Continues to Seek Input for 2017 Census of Ag

USDA continues to seek input on the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Released once every five years, the census provided detailed data covering agriculture down to the county level.


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To learn more and to access the complete 2012 Census of Agriculture results, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov.

Farm Numbers

agriculture statisticsEverett Griner talks about how agriculture statistics can be mixed in today’s Agri View.


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Florida Extension Agents Attending Annual Conference

uf-ifas-logoAll this week, the Extension Professional Associations of Florida are conducting their annual conference in Panama City Beach. Dr. Jack Payne, senior vice-president for ag and natural resources at the University of Florida, says it’s a great event to get all of these extension agents together.


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More information about the Extension Professional Associations of Florida is available on their website.

Florida Cattlemen’s Association Moving Convention Location

FCAFor many years, the Florida Cattlemen’s Association Convention has taken place in Marco Island. But the next two years that won’t be the case. FCA’s Director of Field Services Dusty Holley explains why and where it will be held.


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Alabama NRCS Working with Poarch Band of Creek Indians

aca-esa-perdido-farms-2014The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association recently presented Perdido River Farms of Atmore with an Environmental Stewardship Award. Perdido River Farms General Manager John English says the work they have done with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama has helped them to achieve the practices they have on their operation.


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ROI Study Shows Positive Return on Peanut Grower Assessment Dollars

In the most comprehensive study ever conducted for the National Peanut Board about the Return on Investment (ROI) of peanut assessments, Dr. Harry Kaiser of Cornell University concludes that each dollar invested in the Board’s checkoff program between 2007 and 2013 returned $8.87 to the peanut industry. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Georgia Peanut Commission Sponsoring David Ragan at Upcoming NASCAR Race

From the Georgia Peanut Commission:

TIFTON, Ga. (August 25, 2014) – The Georgia Peanut Commission will be sponsoring Georgia-native, David Ragan, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, Aug. 31, 2014.

Joe Boddiford, GPC vice chairman and chairman of the GPC Promotions Committee, is looking forward to the race and the exposure it will bring for Georgia’s agricultural industry; particularly peanuts. “David Ragan is a Georgia native and Georgia is the No. 1 peanut-growing state in the nation,” Boddiford says. “The Georgia Peanut Commission is very excited to have this opportunity to help sponsor him in the Read the rest of this entry »

Florida NRCS Getting Conservation Education to Schools

USDAAs students begin another school year, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida is once again providing a variety of educational tools for teachers and students about conservation.


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For more information just go to nrcs.usda.gov.

Unusual Crops

AlligatorsEverett Griner talks about challenging crops for farmers in today’s Agri View.


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Many Concerns about WOTUS

streamThere are many folks in agriculture and beyond concerned about the EPA’s proposed “Waters of the United States” rule. Cindy Zimmerman has a five-part report on this issue covering what’s being said about it from all different sides.
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