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UF/IFAS Names New Extension Associate Dean

From the University of Florida IFAS:

Dr. Saqib Mukhtar

Dr. Saqib Mukhtar

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service leader with extensive experience in environmental management and animal feeding operations has been named associate dean and agriculture program leader for UF/IFAS Extension.

Saqib Mukhtar, professor, associate department head and Extension program leader for Texas A&M’s Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, will join the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in April. He has several current Read the rest of this entry »

Immigration Reform?

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Everett Griner talks about agriculture still being caught in a squabble in today’s Agri View.


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Wanting More Trade with Cuba

Cindy Zimmerman

Cindy Zimmerman

Many agricultural groups are seeking more trading opportunities with Cuba. Cindy Zimmerman has more.


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Explaining the National Water Quality Initiative

While you may have heard of the National Water Quality Initiative, it could be a program you aren’t really familiar with. So Meghan Wilson with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service explains how it is a water conservation initiative that focuses on both water quality improvement as well as partnerships.


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Temple Grandin Honored By AFB

Dr. Temple Grandin (picture courtesy of AgWired)

Dr. Temple Grandin (picture courtesy of AgWired)

Dr. Temple Grandin, well known for her work in the livestock industry and someone who has spoke various times at events across the Southeast, was presented American Farm Bureau Federation’s Distinguished Service Award during the 96th AFBF Annual Convention. She made these comments after receiving the award.


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Hillsborough County Farm Bureau Receives Award

FFBFAmerican Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th Annual Convention and Trade Show continues today in San Diego, California. Individual state awards were presented at the annual event recognizing stellar performance in membership achievement and implementation of outstanding programs serving Farm Bureau members in 2014. Hillsborough County Farm Bureau received the County of Excellence Award. Sabrina Hill caught up with Erin Nessmith, a board member from Hillsborough County, to discuss the award.


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Home Food Preservation

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Everett Griner talks about canning making a comeback in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending January 9, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we look at some of the key issues Congress should address, 30 agricultural organizations formed the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba, and we have stories about potatoes and wild meat.

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Millennials Impact on Food Industry

Cindy Zimmerman has a story on how millennials are impacting the food industry.


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National Cotton Council Looks at Key Issues for Congress

nccThe 114th Congress convened this week. Reece Langley, vice president of Washington operations for the National Cotton Council, says one of the key issues Congress should be addressing is trade.


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A History of USDA Efforts in Soil Health

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

We’ve told you this week marks the beginning of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s celebration of the International Year of Soils, which was actually designated by the United Nation’s General Assembly. And while you may be aware of USDA’s soil conservation efforts since the Dust Bowl, Rod Bain reports that this emphasis actually goes back to the start of the Department itself.


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Agriculture Confidence Index Results

Between November 20 and December 4 of last year, 500 farmers and ranchers across the U.S. were surveyed for the DTN/The Progressive Farmer Agriculture Confidence Index.


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For more information on the index visit about.dtnpf.com.

Wild Meat

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freshly roasted venison

Everett Griner talks about wild meat making a comeback in today’s Agri View.


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Alabama Unmanned Aerial System Task Force Final Meeting held Today

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries:

MONTGOMERY, AL – The Alabama Unmanned Aerial System Task Force met today to finalize details of the report that will be submitted to Governor Robert Bentley by January 15. 2015. The Governor established the task force on July 18, 2014, with the primary mission to study the requirements of UAV/UAS operations in the State of Alabama, meet with relevant stakeholders, and ultimately recommend a statewide plan for the use of Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Farmers and Ranchers Named to National Panels

From the Florida Farm Bureau Federation:

FFBFGainesville—Seven members of the Florida Farm Bureau have been selected to serve on the American Farm Bureau Issue Advisory Committees. Committee members consist of Farm Bureau members across the country with knowledge and direct involvement in issues of Read the rest of this entry »

More Potatoes Than Ever

elkton-potatosAccording to a report from Cindy Zimmerman, there are more potatoes than ever.


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Corn Growers Joins Cuba Coalition in Call for Level Playing Field on Trade

From the National Corn Growers Association:

The National Corn Growers Association today joins U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and fellow farm and food organizations seeking to end the United States’ embargo against Cuba and advance trade relations between the two nations.

The U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba is composed of more than 30 U.S. agricultural and food organizations committed Read the rest of this entry »

University Ag Economists Look Ahead

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Today Spearman reports on information given by a couple of University Agriculture Economists who look at how certain field crops and the livestock sector fared in 2014 and looks ahead at what we might expect this year.


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Wise Choice

Eco laboratoryEverett Griner talks about agriculture science being a solid future in today’s Agri View.


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Soils are the Backbone

As more information comes out about 2015 being the International Year of Soils, Cindy Zimmerman has a story about how soils are the backbone.


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Alabama Producers Reminded to Comment on EQIP Rule

Steve Musser

Steve Musser

Assistant State Conservationist for Programs with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama , Steve Musser, says the Environmental Quality Incentives Program has been their flagship program in the past few farm bills.


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Florida Producers Reminded to Comment on CSP and EQIP

usda-logoUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida wants to remind producers that comment periods continue for both the Conservation Stewardship Program interim rule and the new rule published outlining improvements for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.


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With Freezing Weather Approaching, Updated “My Florida Farm Weather” Gives Producers Live Updates on Frost/Freeze Warnings

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With freezing weather approaching North and Central Florida, agricultural producers across the state will now be able to obtain frost/freeze forecasts and crop protection recommendations through the updated “My Florida Farm Weather” website.

The program, developed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in partnership with University of Florida’s Automated Weather Network (FAWN), will provide Read the rest of this entry »

2015 is International Year of Soils

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Tom Vilsack

Tuesday marked the beginning of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s celebration of the International Year of Soils, designated by the United Nation’s General Assembly.


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Bayer CropScience Announces Guy Collins as 2015 Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year

Guy Collins, former University of Georgia Extension Cotton Agronomist and current North Carolina State University Extension Associate Professor of Cotton, accepts the 2015 Cotton Specialist of the Year award, sponsored by Bayer CropScience. Collins was congratulated by Bayer CropScience cotton leadership, from left: Monty Christian, Vice President of U.S. Cotton Operations; Steve Nichols, Head of Agronomic Services, Seeds; and Lee Rivenbark, Vice President, Seeds North America.

Guy Collins, former UGA Extension Cotton Agronomist, now with North Carolina State University Extension, accepts the 2015 Cotton Specialist of the Year award. Collins was congratulated by Bayer CropScience cotton leadership, from left: Monty Christian, Steve Nichols, and Lee Rivenbark.

From Bayer CropScience:

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (January 6, 2015) – Guy Collins, Ph.D., Extension associate professor for cotton at North Carolina State University, is the 2015 Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year. Collins received the award at the Extension Cotton Specialist dinner and banquet on Jan. 6 during the 2015 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio.

The annual award and banquet has been a featured event at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences since 1984. Extension cotton specialists who represent every cotton-producing state select a winner annually based on leadership and industry service. The award has been sponsored by Bayer CropScience since 2008. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Another Four Years as Commissioner

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Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about his second term and what to expect the next four years.


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

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Flowing Waters

brown-white cows by a blue mountain lakeEverett Griner talks about water control still stunning farmers in today’s Agri View.


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Adam Putnam Officially Begins Another Term

Like his counterparts in many other states, Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner officially begins his next term of service this week. In this video posted to the Florida Department of Agricutlure website, Putnam discusses his coming term and some of the issues that continue to challenge the state and its agriculture industries.

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Southeast AgNet This Week: Government Is Working; FSA Committees

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes reports from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Working on a GMO Labeling Program

Work is underway on a possible new GMO labeling program, as Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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