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Saddle Up


Everett Griner gives a bit of history of the horse in America, and what it is used for mostly today.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending April 11, 2014

A highlight of agricultural news for this week from around the Southeast.

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We’re in a Race to Save Florida’s Signature Crop

Here is a statement by Florida Commissioner Adam Putnam concerning the state’s citrus industry:

FL Ag Commissioner Adam PutnamFlorida has been synonymous with citrus for centuries, but today, the industry is at a crisis point.

Due to the spread of citrus greening, production of Florida oranges is half of what it was two decades ago. At its peak, the citrus industry produced nearly 250 million boxes of oranges, but this week’s updated forecast Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Announces Release Date for the Final 2012 Census of Agriculture Report

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will publish the 2012 Census of Agriculture full report on May 2, at Noon ET. The complete data series will be available in multiple formats, including Quick Stats 2.0 – an online database to retrieve customized tables with Census data at the national, state and county levels. Read the rest of this entry »

UF/IFAS to celebrate 100 years of Extension

This is a release from the University of Florida IFAS:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Alligators, an insect-petting zoo and lunch prepared by a former White House chef are among the highlights of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ 100th Anniversary of Florida Extension celebration at the Plaza of the Americas April 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act on May 8, 1914, creating the Cooperative Extension Service, which, Read the rest of this entry »

Changing Markets


While U.S. meat consumption is down, exports are up. Everett Griner explains.


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Learning about Farm Bill Programs

Tyron SpearmanFarmers across the Southeast have been attending various meetings trying to learn more about the new farm bill programs. Tyron Spearman looks at some of the areas which have been discussed.


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Smart Phones in Developing Nations

Smart phones are not only changing the way we do business here in the U.S., but are also becoming more prevalent among farmers in developing nations.


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Producers Need to be Aware of Some Tax Changes for 2014

With the tax deadline looming, most farmers are still consumed by their 2013 numbers, but there’s already a major change to think about for 2014.


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Farm Groups Remaining Vigilant in Fending Off Attacks to Safety Net

Gary AdamsDespite the fact that the 2014 Farm Bill has been officially signed into law, Dr. Gary Adams, Vice President of Economics and Policy Analysis for the National Cotton Council, notes that the ag sector needs to be aware of continuing attacks on the farm safety net.


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Animal Technology


Everett Griner talks about the changing technology of cattle breeding.


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Celebrating Modern Day Agriculture

Agriculture Secretary Tom VilsackNational Ag Day was officially celebrated several weeks ago, a day set aside every year to formally recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. But Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack notes that consumers have something to thank a farmer for everyday.


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Soybean Growers Welcome Introduction of Federal GMO Labeling Legislation

This is a release from the American Soybean Association:

ST. LOUIS (April 9, 2014) – The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed the introduction this morning of new legislation to establish a federal voluntary labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Read the rest of this entry »

Estimated Timeline for Farm Bill Implementation for Crops

Gary Adams
Dr. Gary Adams, Vice President of Economics and Policy Analysis for the National Cotton Council, gives his thoughts on the implementation timeline for crop programs in the 2014 Farm Bill.


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USDA Citrus Crop Forecast: Another 4 Million Box Drop in Valencia Oranges

 Max Lord, USDA Ag Statistics Service, reported the citrus crop numbers for April. The Valencia orange crop reflects a decrease of 4 million boxes, or 4 percent. Lord discussed the decline in Florida. The size and drop surveys showed that the final droppage is 31 percent this year, which is the highest of any non-hurricane, non-freeze season since the 1969-70 season. The final size is slightly above last month’s projection. It requires 240 pieces of fruit to fill a 1 3/5 bushel box and it is the second smallest fruit size in series dating back to 1960-61 surpassing only that of the 1976-77 freeze season.

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UF/IFAS Names Irani Family, Youth and Community Sciences Chairwoman

Tracy IraniGAINESVILLE, Fla. – A 15-year UF/IFAS faculty member and administrator has been named chairwoman of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Tracy Irani’s appointment is effective April 11, said Jack Payne, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources at UF. Read the rest of this entry »

Memorabilia


Today Everett Griner tells us of memories of early farming.


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AgNet This Week: Planting Changes; Peanut Stocks, Vidalia Pack Date

AgNet This Week

This week’s issue of AgNet This Week features reports on how Southeastern farmers may still change planting decisions, a look a declining peanut stocks and the enforcement of the Vidalia onion pack date. To learn more about these topics and much more click here to subscribe today and view the current issue.

New Farm Bill is Good for Farmers’ Conservation Needs

Russell MorganThe new 2014 Farm Bill includes lots of changes from the 2008 version in the area of conservation, and Florida NRCS State Conservationist Russell Morgan says they are all good.


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Still Hope for Immigration Reform this Year

GFFVA's Charles Hall During this mid-term election year, many in the industry question if there is any chance that immigration reform could still come to fruition. Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Executive Director Charles Hall believes there is still some small hope.


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Buffalo Wings

Buffalo WingsBuffalo wings are a popular snack that every true sports fan knows well, but they were actually invented 50 years ago, by accident.


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Well Kept

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Everett Griner talks about resolutions, and what farmers must do to keep theirs.


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Update on Progress of Farm Bill Implementation

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says every USDA agency is working diligently to implement the 2014 Farm Bill’s new provisions quickly and effectively.


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NCBA Statement on Announced Bilateral Trade Agreement

This is a release from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

WASHINGTON (April 7, 2014) – In response to the announcement of a Bilateral Trade Agreement reached between Australia and Japan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Bob McCan, a Victoria, Texas cattleman, issued the following statement: Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Officially Announces Sign-Up Date for Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Quick implementation of the programs has been a top priority for USDA. Read the rest of this entry »

UGA Farm Bill Training Sessions Continue

There will be more farm bill training sessions in Georgia this week, as Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Consumer Protection Proposals for Charitable Giving

FL Ag Commissioner Adam PutnamOn this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks about proposed legislation that would provide stronger measures to protect Floridians from deceptive and misleading charities.

More information is available online by clicking on Consumer Protection for Charitable Giving.


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

Agri-Terrorism

Southeast AgNet's Everett Griner
Is our food supply fully protected? Everett Griner discusses this today.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending April 4, 2014

A highlight of agricultural news for this week from around the Southeast.

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Alabama
Florida
Georgia

Hot Topics Round Table at Georgia Cattlemen’s Convention

Dr. Robert Cobb, Bill Vernon, Bryan Tolar and Dr. Temple GrandinPart of today’s events at the annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Convention and Trade Show was a hot topics round table discussion. Those participating included Georgia State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Cobb, Bill Vernon with Georgia EMC, Georgia Agribusiness Council President Bryan Tolar and Dr. Temple Grandin. A variety of topics concerning agriculture were discussed including Read the rest of this entry »

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