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Deadline for Acreage Sheets is September 26

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman has a reminder about a deadline coming up next week for some row crop farmers concerning information received earlier this summer.


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Citrus Commission Takes First Step to Lower Grower Taxes

The Florida Citrus Commission has cast a preliminary vote to give growers a break on their 2014-15 season taxes.


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Hoping Congress Works on Extending Tax Exemptions

Bob McCan

Bob McCan

Between taking time off for elections and of course the holiday periods, Congress will only be in Washington for just a few more weeks between now and the end of the year. But there are many issues of importance to agriculture that need to be taken care of and Bob McCan, President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says one of those is meaningful tax reform.


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ASA Welcomes USDA Deregulation of Enlist Duo 2,4-D-Resistant Soybeans

From the American Soybean Association:

ST. LOUIS (Sept. 18, 2014) – In response to yesterday’s decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to deregulate Dow’s 2,4-D-resistant Enlist Duo soybeans, the American Soybean Association issued a statement cheering the move and calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to now quickly finalize the label for the new low-volatility Enlist Duo herbicide that can be utilized with these soybeans to control resistant and difficult to manage weeds. ASA also called upon foreign markets where U.S. soybeans are exported to Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Citizens Aware of Fight with Invasive Species

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

Invasive species continue to be an issue for not only those in agriculture, but for many people across Florida. And according to Dr. Jack Payne, senior vice-president for ag and natural resources at the University of Florida, many residents across the state are very aware of the issues being dealt with.


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Barnyard Distillers

Beer and wineEverett Griner talks about the increase of home-made beer and wine in today’s Agri View.


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Protecting Crops Biologically

Efforts are underway to protect crops biologically, as Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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Conservation Innovation Grant Dollars Coming to Alabama

Steve Musser

Steve Musser

Steve Musser, with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, has more information about the Conservation Innovation Grant dollars that were awarded to the Alabama Mountains, Rivers, and Valleys RC&D Council.


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Florida NRCS Partnering with Archbold Biological Station

Roney Gutierrez

Roney Gutierrez

Roney Gutierrez, Assistant State Conservationist for Easements with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida, talks about how they have worked with the Archbold Biological Station in Florida through the Wetlands Reserve Program.


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And you are invited to experience the sights and sound of a restored wetlands on Archbold in a Read the rest of this entry »

National Grazing Lands Coalition to Receive Conservation Grant

nat-glc-logoUSDA announced this week that they will be awarding $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants to 47 organizations. And Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller says one of those funds is the National Grazing Lands Coalition.


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Blaming Agriculture, Again

protein cocktails with fruitsEverett Griner talks about agriculture facing the blame game again in today’s Agri View.


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New App to Help Identify Weeds

If you own a smart phone, then you have access to a new app which can help identify weeds you are trying to control. Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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What to Expect from Congress

Gary Adams

Gary Adams

While Congress is in Washington, they are only there for a few weeks before returning to the campaign trail in October. Gary Adams, Vice President of Economics and Policy Analysis for the National Cotton Council, shares what we should expect from Congress in the coming weeks.


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Florida DEP Surpasses Goal to Sell $40 Million in Land Sales to Benefit Conservation

From the Florida Department of Environmental Protection:

TALLAHASSEE- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands has surpassed the goal of selling $40 million of non-conservation land to purchase new, valuable conservation lands. The division finalized the sale of two more state-owned surplus non-conservation lands on Monday, Sept. 15, increasing the budget for future purchases to $43,991,070. The move supports the vision of the 2014-2015 Legislature, which gave the department the authority to sell up to Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama Cattlemen Urged to Flood the EPA with Comments

Dr. Billy Powell

Dr. Billy Powell

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association started an effort a few weeks back to get cattle producers and landowners involved in an effort to let the EPA know how they feel about their proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. And Dr. Billy Powell with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association urges those in his state to participate.


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To make comments go to the ACA website at bamabeef.org.

Farm Bill Help for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

USDA programs connected to the Farm Bill are designed to assist beginning farmers and ranchers with some of their greatest needs. With more on that, here’s Rod Bain.


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Drone Development

Remote Control Helicopter Crop Dusting

Remote Control Helicopter Crop Dusting

Everett Griner talks about drone questions still pending in today’s Agri View.


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USDA Announces Conservation Projects Through NRCS

Jason Weller

Jason Weller

It was announced this afternoon that USDA will be awarding $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) to 47 organizations that will help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to accelerate innovation in private lands conservation. Some of those dollars are coming to Alabama and Florida, and Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller explains how these grants will be used.

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Secretary Vilsack Highlights Innovative Conservation Efforts during Midwest Farm Visit

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

MOLINE, Ill., Sept. 15, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the award of $15.7 million in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) to 47 organizations that will help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to accelerate innovation in private lands conservation. The Secretary made the announcement while visiting a farm in Illinois.

“These grants promote creativity and problem-solving efforts that benefit farmers and ranchers and protect our natural resources,” Vilsack said. “They’re critical in Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama Agribusiness Council Holding One More Regional Event

aac-logoThe Alabama Agribusiness Council invites anyone interested to join them for the last of the 3 regional events in Selma this coming Thursday.


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To learn more go to www.alagribusiness.org.

U.S. Potato Exports Continue Strong Growth

According to the United States Potato Board, the value of potato exports in the marketing year that ended in June 2014 reached over $1.7 billion, a 7.5 percent increase over the previous marketing year.


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Added Flavor

assorted fresh raw meatsEverett Griner talks about how why our meat taste different in our meat in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending September 12, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports concerning EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, along with a look at the results of USDA’s monthly crop reports which came out this past week.

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Food vs. Fuel

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

While the food vs. fuel debate continues in many circles, Cindy Zimmerman reports that corn prices are down, but food prices are not.


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Okaloosa County Farm Bureau Names Farm Family of the Year

Hughdon and Joan Holley

Hughdon and Joan Holley

Gainesville, Fla., Sept. 12, 2014—Hughdon and Joan Holley have been farming 47 years, most of them while they worked fulltime jobs. They have since retired, but not from what they love to do. And next week Okaloosa County Farm Bureau will recognize them officially as the 2014 Farm Family of the Year for their innovation in farming and conservation.

The Holley’s started with 125 acres in the Beaver Creek Community of Okaloosa County growing corn, soybeans, Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Video: USDA Week In Review September 12

USDA-Week-in-ReviewA weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Watch the Video!

EPA Registers New Nematicide Alternative to Restricted-Use Soil Fumigants, Including Methyl Bromide

From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:

WASHINGTON–The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is registering a new active ingredient, fluensulfone, a non-fumigant nematicide that provides lower-risk chemical control of nematodes than methyl bromide and other Restricted Use soil fumigants. Under the Montreal Protocol, EPA has phased out methyl bromide because its use depletes the ozone layer.

Nematodes are difficult to control and can cause significant economic damage by reducing crop yield and quality. Fluensulfone is a nematicide for Read the rest of this entry »

Acreage and Yield Updates Due Soon

usda-logoFarmers are being reminded you have until the end of the month to verify your current base acres, yields and planting history with the Farm Service Agency.


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Animal Smart

farm animalsEverett Griner talks about the brain power of farm animals in today’s Agri View.


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The Number One Protein Choice

When it comes to consuming proteins, what is the number one meat choice among most folks? Well, Cindy Zimmerman answers that question in this report.


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