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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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Home Food Preservation

homemade preserves canned goods in mason jars
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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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending January 5th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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Agriculture Secretary Announces Cotton Board Appointments

From the Cotton Board:

cotton-logo(MEMPHIS, TN) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the appointment of 12 members and 14 alternates to The Cotton Board. The Cotton Board is made up of cotton producers and importers appointed by the Secretary to oversee the Cotton Research & Promotion Program. Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Peanut Farm Show is January 15

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Producers can improve the bottom line of their farming operation with knowledge, connections and information gained at the 39th annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference held at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center on January 15. Tyron Spearman has more.


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For more information on the show click here.

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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Dairy Industry Supports Launch of Cuba Coalition

More than 30 agricultural organizations have formed the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba. The coalition will work with Congress and President Obama to bring full normalization of trade relations between the two nations so American business would have the same access to Cuban markets as many other countries. Paul Johnson is the Vice Chair of the Coalition.


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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

freshly roasted venison

freshly roasted venison

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


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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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Poultry Groups Oppose OFCCP Reporting Proposal

From the National Chicken Council:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 8, 2015 – On January 2, the Joint Poultry Industry Human Resources Council filed comments opposing the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) proposal to require federal contractors to submit yet another regulatory report, the so called annual “Equal Pay Report.” The OFCCP was originally created to enforce, for the benefit of job seekers and wage earners, the contractual promise of Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia Cotton Commission Holding Annual Meeting January 28

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton reminds cotton producers that the Georgia Cotton Commission’s 8th Annual Meeting, in conjunction with the UGA Cotton Production Workshop, is scheduled for Wednesday, January 28 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.


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There is no charge to attend, but pre-registration’s are requested to help with meal plans. Register online at www.ugatiftonconference.org or call 229-386-3416.

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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Many Years of Believing in the Beef Checkoff

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Sean Sexton from Vero Beach, Florida says he is truly is a believer in the beef checkoff and has been ever since it started.


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

2015 is International Year of Soils

Vilsack

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 »

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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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.

Ag Calendar

There are a variety of meetings and events coming up across the Southeast and Tyron Spearman has a look at some of those in our Ag Calendar.


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USFRA Launches How-To Videos

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance has launches a new video series on how farmers and ranchers tackle big jobs. The new How To Farm series launched last week illustrates different farming practices. The educational videos, which range between two to four minutes, highlight the Read the rest of this entry »

Promoting Georgia Beef to Students

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board has another example of how partnerships help them spread the beef message.


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Century Farms

Old tools and wheels in a barnEverett Griner talks about recognizing centennial farms in America in today’s Agri View.


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Seventy Years of Toy Tractors

ertl-toy-tractorsErtl toy tractors got their start 70 years ago, as Cindy Zimmerman has a story about the history of these well known toys.


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Blueberry Hill

a field of BlueberriesEverett Griner talks about the 2014 blueberry crop may set a record in today’s Agri View.


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USDA to Survey Farmland Owners

Shiela Corley

Shiela Corley

We told you a few days ago that USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will be surveying farmland owners to measure financial impacts and challenges of land ownership. And according to the manager of the NASS Economic and Environmental Survey Section, Shiela Corley, those surveys have been sent.


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Death Tax Is Still an Issue

Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

2014 is over, and while many discussions were had about various end-of-the-year issues those in agriculture were hoping Congress would take care of, one issue that was missing this year compared to the past was the death tax. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall is glad it’s an issue we did not have to deal with at the end of the year, but it is still an issue.


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USDA Extends Public Comment Period for CSP Interim Rule

usda-logoUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has extended the public comment period on the Conservation Stewardship Program interim rule to January 20, 2015. In a news release, NRCS Chief Jason Weller said “This extension will provide stakeholders with additional time to comment on the CSP interim rule. At nearly 70 million acres, CSP is the Read the rest of this entry »

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