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Farmer’s Market Phenomenon

Fruits and vegetables in cart at market
Cathy Isom talks about the Farmer’s Market Phenomenon – why the most traditional way to buy and sell farm products is becoming more popular.

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New Highlands County Extension Director

Laurie Hurner

Laurie Hurner

University of Florida/IFAS Highlands County Extension is proud to announce the current citrus Extension agent, Laurie Hurner, has accepted the position of county Extension director (CED). Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Video: USDA Week In Review May 8

A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, USDA Farmers Market opens, singing the praises of unsung heroes, and celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

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Potato Council Accepting 2015-2016 Scholarship Applications

npcThe National Potato Council is now accepting applications for a $10,000 graduate-level scholarship to be applied toward the 2015-2016 academic year. Each year, NPC awards one scholarship to a graduate student pursuing advanced studies (Master’s degree or higher) that will improve the future of the U.S. potato industry. The application Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: “Don’t Pack a Pest” Campaign


Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about the “Don’t Pack a Pest” campaign, which urges visitors to help prevent unwanted pests and disease from entering Florida.

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Possible TPA Vote this Week

Senate Republican leaders have set the first key vote for trade promotion authority for Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »

FFA Opportunity

Everett Griner talks about precision agriculture, FFA’s future in today’s Agri View.

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Apalachicola Water War Sparks Search for Answers


news service florida logoTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, May 8, 2015……….A symposium on the Apalachicola Bay and Apalachicola River ended Friday with scientists delving into some of the same issues that a special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court is now considering — how to Read the rest of this entry »

Marion County Legislative Farm Tour

The Marion County Legislative Farm Tour took place Friday, as Southeast AgNet’s Josh McGill was there and has this report.

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Ag in Review for the Week Ending May 8, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about new dollars coming to Alabama, Florida and Georgia through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, how to get rid of old paint, oil and other chemicals, and an interesting story about tomato varieties.

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Strong Soil

construction site
What type of soil we build on and its properties goes a long way in determining how strong and safe our structure will be. Today Cathy Isom checks out the role soil plays when it comes to building houses or major structures.

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Busy Week for Alabama Legislature

aac-logoThe 2015 Alabama legislative session has just a few days left, and according to Leigha Cauthen, executive director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council, this past week was a busy one for lawmakers.

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Florida Lawmakers to Start Back Up on June 1

Sam Ard

Sam Ard

It was announced this week that the Florida House and Senate have agreed to a special legislative session. Sam Ard, director of governmental affairs for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, has more details.

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Statement by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Final Communique by G-20 Agriculture Ministers

ISTANBUL, May 8, 2015 – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement today, May 8, after endorsing the final communique by the G-20 Agriculture Ministers in Istanbul, Turkey:


Tom Vilsack

“I commend Minister of Agriculture Mehmet Mehdi Eker for hosting this important ministerial on food security. Members of the G-20 represent about 85 percent of global gross domestic product and over 75 percent of world trade, so it is important for us to come together to develop strategies for achieving sustainable food systems and to recognize how Read the rest of this entry »

Deadline to Submit Comments on Dietary Guidelines Is Today

Today is the final day that you can make comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretaries regarding the proposed 2015 Dietary Guidelines.

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From Where?

raw egg
Everett Griner talks about adult education on food production in today’s Agri View.

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EPA Approves Permit for Spinach Protein Tests in Citrus HLB Fight

EPA Grants Experimental Use Permit to Southern Gardens Citrus and Establishes a Temporary Food Safety Tolerance Exemption to Allow Wider Testing of Spinach Defensin Technology Against Citrus Greening Disease

CLEWISTON, Fla. (U. S. Sugar Corp. Release) – May 7, 2015 – In a landmark step in the fight against citrus greening disease, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Southern Gardens Citrus’ (SGC) application for an Experimental Use Permit under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. This allows SGC to move forward in its development of the possible use of a protein derived from spinach that appears to help control this devastating disease.

Citrus greening disease, or Huanglongbing (HLB), is Read the rest of this entry »

American Farm Bureau Rolls Out New Website for GMO’s
There is a new website designed for farmers to take action. Cathy Isom tells us about it.

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Visit American Farm Bureau’s Get-a-Move website.

NCGA Applauds Senate Bill to Extend Volatility Waiver to E15

From the National Corn Growers Association:

The National Corn Growers Association today thanked Senators Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) for introducing a bill to expand the volatility waiver for E15 ethanol, ultimately increasing consumers’ access higher blends of ethanol year-round.

“We applaud Senators Donnelly, Grassley, and Fischer for their bipartisan efforts to increase the market for ethanol producers and Read the rest of this entry »

NRCS Official Visits Southeast to Kick Off New Era of Conservation

Leonard Jordan

Leonard Jordan

Leonard Jordan, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) associate chief for conservation, was in Columbus, Ga., this morning for a signing ceremony for a multi-state nationally funded Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Jordan specifically talked about a project that will involve Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

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Looking for Votes as Group Calls on Lawmakers to Support TPA

President Obama is still coming up short on House Democratic votes for fast track procedures to pass a pending Trans Pacific Partnership agreement.

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Washington Update on Trade and WOTUS

Kristina Butts

Kristina Butts

Kristina Butts, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Executive Director of Legislative Affairs, says this has been an interesting week in Washington D.C.

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Taste Questions

red tomatoes
Everett Griner talks about the taste of hybrid tomatoes in today’s Agri View.

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Dates Set for Florida Special Session


news service florida logoTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, May 6, 2015………. Legislative leaders agreed Wednesday on the dates for a special session to hammer out a compromise on the state budget, as the federal Read the rest of this entry »

Grocery Prices

Assorted grocery products
Cathy Isom checks out what you’ll be paying more for and less of the next time you fill up the grocery cart.

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Roberson Elected Chairman of Farm Credit of Central Florida Board

From Farm Credit of Central Florida:

Robbie Roberson

Robbie Roberson

Farm Credit of Central Florida (FCCF) President and CEO, Reggie Holt announced the cooperative’s Board of Directors has elected Zellwood Nursery grower, Robert R. “Robbie” Roberson as chairman, succeeding, David J. Stanford. “Robbie brings great wisdom, and statesmanship to the board. FCCF has been blessed with astute and visionary leadership in the chairman’s position for over Read the rest of this entry »

UF/IFAS Researchers Bombard Plant-killing Fungus with Silver Nanoparticles

From the University of Florida/IFAS:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Deep in the soil, underneath more than 400 plant and tree species, lurks a lethal fungus threatening Florida’s $15 billion a year ornamental horticulture industry.

But University of Florida plant pathologist G. Shad Ali has found an economical and eco-friendly way to combat the plant destroyer known Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Landowners Reminded to Apply for ACEP

Roney Gutierrez

Roney Gutierrez

May 15 is the deadline to apply for the Agricultural Conservation Easements Program (ACEP). Roney Gutierrez with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida encourages landowners across the state to see what ACEP is all about.

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Peanut Delegation Visits China

Don Koehler

Don Koehler

Don Koehler, executive director of the Georgia Peanut Commission, was part of a delegation that recently visited China to promote U.S. peanuts.

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For more information about the Georgia Peanut Commission, visit its website.

Alabama Landowners Reminded to Apply for ACEP

Steve Musser

Steve Musser

Steve Musser, assistant state conservationist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama, reminds landowners that May 15 is the deadline to apply for current year funding through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program.

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