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Livestock Producers Urged to Enroll in Disaster Assistance Program by Oct. 1

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date. Livestock producers that have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible for benefits but have not yet contacted their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office should do so as soon as possible.

The Budget Control Act passed by Congress in 2011 requires USDA to implement reductions of Read the rest of this entry »

Non-Irrigated Peanuts Feeling the Pinch

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

The past couple of weeks, Tyron Spearman has been reporting on how dry conditions have been affecting some peanut fields across the southeast. Today he notes how some of those non-irrigated peanuts are really feeling the pinch.


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Vilsack Optimistic for 2015 Ag Trade Numbers

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Tom Vilsack

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is very optimistic when it comes to ag trade for 2015.


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USDA Video: Stamps Honor Farmers Markets

usda-postage-stampsFour postage stamps honor farmers markets and farmers. Watch the video!

UGA Cotton-Peanut Research Field Day Next Week

The annual UGA Cotton-Peanut Research Field Day will be held on Wednesday, September 10. Tyron Spearman has this reminder as farmers are invited to attend.


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Agri View: CCC Update

beeEverett Griner talks about the new update on Colony Collapse Disorder not encouraging in today’s Agri View.


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Produce is Still a Bargain

We told you last Friday that food prices at the grocery store have not risen quite as much as some may think. And today Cindy Zimmerman looks at produce which is still a bargain.


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Harvest Season Nearing for Some Georgia Cotton Fields

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton with the Georgia Cotton Commission has an update on where the cotton crop stands in his state as some growers will be preparing for harvest before long.


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National Peanut Board Sets Budget

The National Peanut Board has set their budget for the next fiscal year. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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Curt Pate Holding Seminar in Georgia

There is an event coming up that cattle producers may want to attend, as Curt Pate will be holding a Stockmanship and Stewardship Seminar September 23 in Calhoun, Georgia.


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To see more about this event CLICK HERE.

EPA Releases WOTUS Proposal Maps

The Environmental Protection Agency released maps detailing the extent of the Waters of the U.S. proposal last week.


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You can see the maps online at science.house.gov.

Spreading Problem

Asian-citrus-psyllid-nymphsEverett Griner talks about citrus greening spreading to other states in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending August 29, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports concerning EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, how dry conditions are affecting the peanut crop, and a look at sustainability.

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Food Prices

groceriesThere are some who feel food prices at the grocery store have skyrocketed this year, but Cindy Zimmerman reports that’s not really true.


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Farm Income Forecast to Fall This Year

While year to year farm income forecasts are expected down this year, there was improvement noted from the February estimates. Rod Bain has the story.


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Peanut Crop and Export Update

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman takes a look at some things affecting this year’s peanut crop in certain areas, along with an update concerning a story he recently did about peanut exports.


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Free BQA Certifications Start September 1

cbb-my-beef-canYou heard us over the years promote the Beef Quality Assurance program and the importance for producers to be certified. Well for those of you who aren’t, good news as for the third time, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) is supporting the checkoff-funded BQA program by sponsoring all online certifications this fall for producers who enroll. This free offer starts September 1st and runs through October 31st.


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So starting on September 1, to become BQA certified for free, visit www.BQA.org/team.

USDA Video: USDA Week In Review August 29

08-29-14-usda-week-in-reviewA weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Check out the video!

4-H Raises Student Interest in Sciences

Rod Bain

Rod Bain

Recent studies show 4-H students show increased interest in a science based education and career. Rod Bain has the story.


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Feeding the People

groceriesEverett Griner talks about how farm technology must change in today’s Agri View.


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Peanut Farmers Urged to Verify Acreage History

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Peanut farmers across the Southeast are being urged to verify their acreage history. Tyron Spearman has more information on why it’s important to do so.


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Questioning Sharing of Personal Producer Data

afbf-logoThe American Farm Bureau Federation is asking a federal judge to decide without trial, whether the Environmental Protection Agency can share producers’ personal data with environmental groups and others.


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NMPF Pleased with Newly Unveiled Margin Protection Program for Dairy Farmers

From the National Milk Producers Federation:

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – The new margin protection insurance program for dairy farmers, which was developed by the National Milk Producers Federation and enacted in the 2014 Farm Bill, was formally unveiled today by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. NMPF said it is pleased with the overall provisions of the new program, and urged farmers to begin familiarizing themselves with what will be a “valuable tool” to help manage farms’ financial risks in the future.

“Today’s release of the new dairy program’s details is the culmination of five years of work by NMPF, the nation’s dairy cooperatives and other Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Announces New Risk Management Program for Dairy Farmers

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Tom Vilsack

This morning, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the start of a new risk management program for dairy farmers, known as the Dairy Margin Protection Program.


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Eat More Meat

assorted fresh raw meatsEverett Griner talks about options we have for meat consumption in today’s Agri View.


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CBB Vice-chair Pleased with Checkoff ROI

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, did you know a recent study shows each dollar invested in the Beef Checkoff Program returns about $11.20 to the beef industry? Jimmy Maxey, vice-chair of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, was very pleased when he heard this news.


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

Many Southeast Peanut Fields are Dry

According to the latest crop conditions report, many Southeast peanut fields are really dry right now. Tyron Spearman has the details.


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EPA Finally Hands Over Maps Detailing the Extent of their WOTUS Proposal

From the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association:

WASHINGTON (Aug. 27, 2014) –The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology released maps today of waters and wetlands the Environmental Protection Agency has to-date refrained from making public. After multiple requests, the Agency finally handed over the maps to the committee, which appear to detail the extent of the “Waters of the United States” proposal.

“Given the astonishing picture they paint, I understand the EPA’s desire to minimize the importance of these maps,” said Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Science Committee, in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “But EPA’s posturing cannot explain away the Read the rest of this entry »

Wondering about Propane Prices This Winter

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

If you bought propane last winter, you remember the sky-high prices. And with fall just around the corner, there are some wondering if we might be headed for the same thing again this winter. Gary Crawford has more on that.


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Pasture and Rangeland Conditions Holding Steady

Brad Rippey

Brad Rippey

According to USDA, 48% of the nation’s pastures and rangelands are in good to excellent condition which is good news for this time of the year. But on the other end of the spectrum, USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says 20% of the nations pastures and rangelands are in the poor to very poor category.


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