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Ag in Review for the Week Ending March 13, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we have an update concerning work being done on transportation issues, talk about March 15th being the deadline for spring crop growers to sign up for crop insurance, provide information about peanut consumption rising overseas, and look at another farm icon that’s vanishing.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending March 13th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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The Growing Trend of Smaller Supermarkets

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Why bigger seems to be getting smaller at your neighborhood grocery store. Cathy Isom has more.


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U.S. Producers Impressed with FoodEx Trade Show in Tokyo

usmefA group of U.S. producers and other industry leaders recently traveled to Shanghai and Tokyo for the U.S. Meat Export Federation Market Expo, a market education program designed to give USMEF members an opportunity to observe international marketing activities for U.S. red meat and to learn more about the business climate in specific international markets. Joe Schuele has more on that story.


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Ag Legislation Doing Well Thus Far in Georgia

Bryan Tolar

Bryan Tolar

As the Georgia General Assembly will soon be heading into the final stages of this year’s session, Georgia Agribusiness Council’s Bryan Tolar has an update on some of the legislation they have been following.


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More information can be found on the Georgia Agribusiness Council website.

Gone Forever

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Everett Griner talks about another farm icon vanishing forever in today’s Agri View.


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Safety First When Preparing Chicken Wings

Chicken wings
Cathy Isom gives us some important safety tips the USDA wants you to know when preparing a popular party snack.


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Florida Cattlemen Promoting New Legislation

Sam Ard

Sam Ard

Members of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association were in Tallahassee this week for their annual Legislative Quarterly meeting and Sam Ard, FCA Director of Governmental Affairs, says the main topic of discussion for them was new legislation introduced this week.


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Weather Prospects

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Everett Griner talks about spring crops depend on various weather in today’s Agri View.


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Water Quality

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Corporate entities like a nationally known brewer are among those joining USDA as part of a National Water Quality Initiative. Cathy Isom looks at just how important this is.


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UF/IFAS Hosting One World Summit to Address Feeding the World’s Growing Population

From UF/IFAS
uf-ifas-logoGAINESVILLE, Fla. – How do you address all of the issues associated with feeding the world’s estimated 9 billion people by the year 2050? One way is to share great ideas and that’s exactly what more than 700 University of Florida students faculty, community members, industry professionals, and policy makers will be doing Friday at ONE WORLD, an event being held by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Challenge 2050 Project.

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Now Is a Good Time to Get BQA Certified

www.MyBeefCheckoff.com\bqaIn this week’s BQA Quality Report, brought to you by your state and national checkoff funded Beef Quality Assurance programs, Auburn University’s Frank Owsley is pleased that producers can go through the BQA certification process online for free. And he encourages you to do so before this offer expires on April 15th.


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Get to know your BQA program by visiting BQA.org

FSA Reminds Farmers about End-of-Month Deadlines

Val Dolcini

Val Dolcini

USDA reminds farmers the one-time extension to update your yield history or reallocate base acres expires March 31, the same day you need to have your choice made between the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini says ARC and PLC are complicated programs.


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Additional information on the new programs is available at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.

Rustling Again

Beef Cattle
Everett Griner talks about cattle thieves still at work in today’s Agri View.


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Special Training for Safe Food

Commercial Kitchen
Today Cathy Isom checks into special training for a safer dining experience. When dining out – you’re probably thinking good food – something within in the family budget – fast – casual. But food safety is probably the farthest thing on your mind. And – the people who are handling your meal.


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12th Annual Georgia Ag Day a Big Success

From the Georgia Department of Agriculture:

Agriculture Week in Georgia is officially kicked off thanks to a successful Ag Day celebration held Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Hosted by Governor Nathan Deal and Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black, the event drew visitors from across Georgia, including members of the General Assembly, 4-H and FFA students and representatives of various agricultural organizations. Attendees had the opportunity to visit with commodity groups and Read the rest of this entry »

Southeast AgNet This Week: Seed Company News; Georgia PEDv Update

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes an update on the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in Georgia and news about a seed company supporting a University of Florida project. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

Georgia Beef Board Attends Ag Day Celebration

gbb-ag-day-booth-2015The annual Georgia Ag Day Celebration took place today at the Freight Depot in Atlanta, and Suzanne Bentley is pleased with the many people they were able to talk with at the event.


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USDA Announces Funding Available for Specialty Crop and Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Programs

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of more than $66.5 million in funding for research and Extension activities to address the needs of America’s specialty crop industry and solve critical organic agricultural production issues. The grants will be funded through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative and the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative. Both programs are Read the rest of this entry »

Still Working on Transportation Issues

Kent Bacus

Kent Bacus

Transportation issues are just one of the many things the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association continues to work on in Washington, D.C. Kent Bacus, associate director of legislative affairs for NCBA, says this is still one of the biggest issues for the cattle industry.


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Georgia Cotton Commission at Ag Day Celebration

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton

The 2015 Ag Day Celebration is taking place today, March 10, at the Freight Depot in Atlanta. Richey Seaton with the Georgia Cotton Commission says they are there again this year along with many other representatives of agriculture from across the state.


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Growing Numbers

agriculture hands holding the world
Everett Griner talks about the world population growth is a problem in today’s Agri View.


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Cyberspace, the New Battleground

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Filling in for Cathy Isom today, Daniel Lee tells us how cyberspace is becoming the new battle ground in the war to bring the lowest prices to consumers.


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Georgia PEDv Update

pigsLast week we told you the Georgia Department of Agriculture had reported a known case of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) after two samples from pigs at the recent Georgia Junior National Livestock Show tested positive. Per the latest report, the number of positive cases in the state is now up to seven. Georgia State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Cobb asks producers to observe their animals very carefully.


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Next Generation

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Everett Griner talks about farming facing an uncertain future in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending March 6, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus which has been reported in Georgia, provide information about a couple of March deadlines, and look at how avocados are attracting attention.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending March 7th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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HM.CLAUSE Vegetable Seed Co. Hosts Florida Farm Tour for Journalists

(L to R) Bob Conrad (Harris Moran), Rick Roth, Carole Cuffy (HM.CLAUSE) and Ryan Roth visit while inspecting a harvested radish field at Roth Farms

(L to R) Bob Conrad (Harris Moran), Rick Roth, Carole Cuffy (HM.CLAUSE) and Ryan Roth visit while inspecting a harvested radish field at Roth Farms

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HM.CLAUSE Seed Company, and representatives of its Harris Moran brand, brought some farm journalists from the United States and France to the fields of South Florida this week to learn firsthand about some of the research and development going on in the field of new product development. The group is working its way across the state’s south end from West Palm Beach to Naples, and will wrap up its tour early next week in Gainesville with meetings and tours at University of Florida and some of its research facilities. Hear Rick’s interview and watch a short video.

USDA’s Veterinary Medicine Student Loan Repayment Program

Veterinary Medicine
Cathy Isom tells us about the program helping new veterinarians get out of debt faster.


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Cattle Producers Urged to Attend Legislative Conference

Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association will be holding their annual Legislative Conference in Washington D.C. March 24th through 26th. Colin Woodall, NCBA’s Vice President of Government Affairs, says this will be an extremely important meeting.


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