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Ag in Review for the Week Ending December 5, 2014

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, USDA has once again extended the deadline for the Dairy Margin Protection Program, US Tobacco Cooperative is issuing a call for redemption of certificates, and we look at changing fruit trends.

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Lamb Jam

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

When you hear someone say “Lamb Jam”, you might think about a spread for your toast. But Cindy Zimmerman reports it’s nothing like that.


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USDA Fresh Produce Webinars

USDAThe USDA is hosting webinars for handling and storage of fresh produce until December 18 at www.ams.usda.gov.


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Up-Up-Up

inflationEverett Griner talks about wide price increases effecting everything in today’s Agri View.


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Running Out of Water: UGA Researchers Look to Mother Nature for Help

From the University of Georgia:

Athens, Ga. – Fresh water, a critical resource for life on Earth, may soon become dangerously scarce. Water use has been growing at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century, and by 2025, the demand for fresh water will exceed available resources for two-thirds of the world population, according to the United Nations.

Now, thanks in part to a $1.5 million collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation, researchers at the University of Georgia, the University of California at Riverside, the University of Texas and the Read the rest of this entry »

A Roadmap for Lamb

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

What’s being called a new roadmap for lamb has been put together, as Cindy Zimmerman has the story.


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Farm Bill Meetings

There are a variety of meetings coming up where discussions will take place concerning some of the new programs through the 2014 Farm Bill. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Florida NRCS Staff Includes an Archaeologist

Shannon Dunn

Shannon Dunn

Dr. Shannon Dunn is the cultural resources specialist/archaeologist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida. She explains why it’s important to have an archaeologist on staff and how they can help landowners across the state.


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Alabama NRCS Reminds Producers about CSP

Steve Musser

Steve Musser

The Conservation Stewardship Program is something that Steve Musser, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, reminds producers about and how it can work for them.


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Update on Key Tax Extenders

Kent Bacus

Kent Bacus

Yesterday the House of Representatives passed a short-term extension of several key tax credits. But National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Director of Legislative Affairs, Kent Bacus, was hoping for a longer term solution.


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Ag Calendar

Tyron Spearman has a look at a couple of upcoming events that may be of interest to producers across the region.


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Changing Fruit Trends

Persimmon tree with fruitEverett Griner talks about common fruits gaining in popularity in today’s Agri View.


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With Passage of Tax Extenders Stopgap, ASA Calls for Longer-Term Solution

From the American Soybean Association:

WASHINGTON (December 3, 2014) – In response to the passage of a short-term extension of several key tax credits by the House of Representatives today, the American Soybean Association (ASA) expressed both its appreciation for a fix in the near term, and disappointment in the Read the rest of this entry »

Biological Control for Avocado Tree Disease Laurel Wilt

Laurel wilt, a disease that is spread by the red ambrosia beetle, was found in 2010 in Florida. University of Florida scientists believe they can help the avocado industry with a biological control approach.


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Protecting Pollinators

James Tillman

James Tillman

Three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Regional Conservationist for the Southeast, James Tillman, says NRCS is working to help protect those pollinators. Cindy Zimmerman has the story.


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Beef Chef Talks Holiday Meals

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to Know Your Beef Checkoff,” Dave Zino, executive chef for the Beef Checkoff, discusses how beef can make a great choice for upcoming holiday meals.


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To learn more about your beef checkoff go to mybeefcheckoff.com.

E15 Debuts in Florida

From the Renewable Fuels Association:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Protec Fuel will begin to offer E15 in Florida at retail stations in Ft. Meyers and Sarasota. E15 (15 percent ethanol) is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in vehicles 2001 and newer. In addition to E15, consumers will also be able to purchase E85 (85 percent ethanol) at these stations for use in Read the rest of this entry »

For Sale

red old rusty tractor in a fieldEverett Griner talks about the demand growing for used farm equipment in today’s Agri View.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Dairy Deadline; Peanut Crop Insurance

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a reminder for dairy producers, peanut crop insurance information, and other important agricultural reports. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Ferns for Christmas

christmas-fernMany folks are busy decorating for the holidays, and as Cindy Zimmerman reports, one idea can include the Christmas Fern.


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USDA Announces Support for Producers of Advanced Biofuel

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is making $5.6 million in grants to 220 producers across the nation to support the production of advanced biofuels, and is awarding more than $4 million in additional grants that will advance the Read the rest of this entry »

Early Signs Point to Brisk Sales of Real Christmas Trees

christmas-tree-farmFor many Christmas tree farmers, Thanksgiving weekend has become their busiest time of the year. And while figures are not in yet for sales this past weekend of real Christmas trees, Gary Crawford reports early signs point to brisk sales.


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President Would Veto Current Tax Extenders Bill

It’s being reported that President Obama would veto the current tax extenders bill that Congress is writing, because the bill does not include tax breaks for the middle class.


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Impractical Demands

environmentalEverett Griner talks about working to keep a clean environment in today’s Agri View.


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‘Thankful for Ag’ Helping Those in Need

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

The biggest holiday of the season officially got underway last week with Thanksgiving, but for some in America, it is a struggle to just put food on the table. Bayer CropScience has an initiative called “Thankful for Ag” that reminds people to be thankful for our bountiful food supply while helping those less fortunate at the same time. Cindy Zimmerman has Jeff Donald with Bayer CropScience explain the program and how the “Thankful For Ag” program is social media driven.


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Suspense about EPA’s RFS Decision to Continue during Holidays

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced it will not be finalizing 2014 volume standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program before the end of the year, as the agency intends to take action on the rule sometime in 2015. So while the holidays will be a time of joy for many, it will also be a time of anxious waiting for supporters of the renewable fuels industry. Gary Crawford has the story.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Conservation Amendment

Putnam

Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about Florida voters recently voting to support Amendment 1 – The Water and Land Conservation Initiative.


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You can follow Florida Commissioner Adam Putnam on Facebook and Twitter.

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

USDA Video: USDA Week In Review November 28

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, the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree arrives and USDA research brightens the holidays. Please watch the video.

Upcoming Meetings This Month for Georgia and Alabama Producers

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman fills us in with dates, times and locations of meetings this month, including the Georgia Farm Bureau 77th Annual Convention December 7-9 in Jekyll Island, the Peanut Commodity Conference on December 8th, the 18th Annual Meeting of the Georgia Crop Alliance coming up December 4th at The Retreat at Lake Blackshear in Cordele, Georgia. Tyron also reminds Alabama producers of the Farm Bill Education meeting coming up in Alabama on December 9th thru 12th. Alabama producers need to check with their Agriculture Extension Service for more details on these meetings.


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Crows and Crop Damage

crow with wide-spread wingsEverett Griner talks about small problem-makers for farmers in today’s Agri View.


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