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FAMU is Poised to Be a Global Leader in Agricultural Research and Innovation

From the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., testified yesterday before the House Committee on Agriculture chaired by Rep. K. Michael Conaway (TX-11).

Mangum was one of six 1890 land-grant university (LGU) presidents selected to testify before the Committee. The five other participating universities were Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University, Fort Valley State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Tuskegee University, and the Read the rest of this entry »

Commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Second Morrill Act

usda-logoThis morning, an event was held at the Library of Congress to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the signing of the Second Morrill Act. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack discussed USDA’s longstanding partnership with the 1890 Land-Grant Universities and their investments in the field of agriculture.


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Various Topics Discussed at AL/GA Seed Association Meeting

The Alabama Seed Association and Georgia Seed Association held their annual meeting this week in Destin, Florida. BrayAnna Bullard was there and has this report.


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Good Choices

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Everett Griner talks about careers in agriculture expanding in today’s Agri View.


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New Learning Tools for Children

Kids learning to grow food
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for agriculture has launched a program teaching children about where their food comes from. Cathy Isom explain it.


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Checkoff Helps Educate Those Who Purchase Beef

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Joel Beverly from Arcadia, Florida knows the importance of getting the healthy beef message out to consumers.


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ASTA Represented at Seed Association Meeting

Perry Bohn

Perry Bohn

The Alabama Seed Association and Georgia Seed Association held their annual meeting this week in Destin, Fla. Folks from across the Southeast attended, including Perry Bohn, southeast regional vice president for the American Seed Trade Association. He talked about some of the many things that ASTA is working on.


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FY2016 Ag Spending Bill Clears First Senate Hurdle

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

The Senate version of next fiscal year’s appropriations bill for the USDA and FDA has cleared its first hurdle. Gary Crawford has the story.


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Foreign Trade

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Everett Griner talks about the U.S. balancing foreign trade in today’s Agri View.


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Stallman Announces Departure in January

From American Farm Bureau Federation

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Bob Stallman

Bob Stallman

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 14, 2015 – American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman announced today that he will not seek reelection in January 2016 following 16 years at the helm of the nation’s largest, most influential general farm organization. Stallman, a cattle and rice producer from Columbus, Texas, is the 11th president during AFBF’s almost 97-year history. Read more on Stallman’s departure.

Sports Drink – Part 2

Nutritional label
In part 2 of her series, Cathy Isom tells us why it’s important to check nutrition facts before consuming that’s sports drink.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Avian Influenza; Cuban Agriculture Overview

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a report on preparing for the possible return of avian influenza this fall as well as details on how Cuban agriculture could affect Florida. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Georgia Beef Board to Meet at Summer Conference

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley says the Georgia Beef Board will meet during the annual Georgia Cattlemen’s Association Summer Conference coming up next week at St. Simons Island.


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Eat Your Fruit

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Everett Griner talks about fruit consumption decline in today’s Agri View.


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Sports Drink – Part 1

Cooling Refreshments
Cathy Isom tells you what you should know about that sports drink and if it’s really right for you.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review July 10

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, thirty years of food safety advice and organics with Switzerland.


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Food Labeling

Food ingredients label
Everett Griner talks about the time it takes to read a label in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending July 10, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we hear about testimony given to the Senate Ag Committee concerning Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, how Congress has work remaining concerning agriculture, why some residents are returning to their rural hometown and more.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending July 10th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Smithsonian Exhibit Showcases Agriculture

Patent model of Eli Whitney's cotton gin

Patent model of Eli Whitney’s cotton gin

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is taking visitors back in time. Cathy Isom tells us about the exhibit showcasing decades of changes in agriculture.


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Photo provided by Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Increasing Migratory Bird Surveillance

wild-birdsA lot of work is underway by individual states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in preparing for a possible return of avian influenza this fall. Efforts include more monitoring and sampling of wild migratory birds.


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Ugly Food

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Everett Griner talks about wasted food could feed millions in today’s Agri View.


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Returning to Rural Communities, Part 2

Family on a farm
In the second part of her series Cathy Isom fills us in on what residents say led them back to their rural hometown – years after leaving it behind.


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Morris and Koehler Appointed to USDA Committees on Agricultural Trade

From the Georgia Peanut Commission:

Don Koehler and Brenda Morris

Don Koehler and Brenda Morris

TIFTON, Ga. (July 9, 2015) U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and United States Trade Representative Michael Froman recently announced the appointment of Brenda Morris, peanut farmer from Ocilla, Georgia, to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and Don Koehler, Georgia Peanut Commission executive director, to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Read the rest of this entry »

Lower Cotton Numbers Will Help Move Stocks Out

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton with the Georgia Cotton Commission talks about how lower cotton acreage this year will help move some of the stocks out.


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Growing 1500 Types of Peanuts

More than 1,500 kinds of peanut plants are growing at the University of Florida’s Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra. And as Tyron Spearman reports, the crop is part of USDA’s germplasm network to maintain and research different types of one of the world’s most popular and nutritional legumes.


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Preparing For Possible Fall Return of Avian Influenza

John Clifford

John Clifford

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Dr. John Clifford gave testimony this week to the Senate Ag Committee concerning highly pathogenic avian influenza.


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More Organic

organic vegetables
Everett Griner talks about an unproved but still growing market in today’s Agri View.


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Returning to Rural Communities, Part 1

Rural landscape in France
In the first of her two part series, Cathy Isom tells us about a USDA study revealing why there’s “No Place Like Home” – when it comes to smaller towns and rural communities.


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Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day is Tomorrow

sunbelt-field-day-2008The annual Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Day will be held tomorrow, July 9th in Moultrie, Georgia. And for those who didn’t attend last year, show director Chip Blalock says they now start things off with a biscuit breakfast.


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