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USDA’s Expanding Broadband to Rural America – Part 1

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In the first of this series, Cathy Isom tells us where expansion efforts are underway to get more homes wired and connected for broadband internet.


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More information on rural broadband and the USDA can be found at USDA.gov.

Stretching the Beef Checkoff Dollar

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn our weekly “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Florida beef producer Jim Lefils knows it’s a struggle to make that dollar per head stretch as the dollar bill just doesn’t go as far as it used to.


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

Sugarcane Aphid Changing Pest Control in Sorghum

IMG_7351The University of Florida and University of Georgia held their annual corn silage and forage field day last week in Tifton. Southeast AgNet’s BrayAnna Bullard was there and has this report.


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Heat Causing Crop and Pasture Stress in Southeast

Brad Rippey

Brad Rippey

Heat, and in many cases dry conditions, are causing stress on pastures and field crops. Susan Carter talked with USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey who has an update on how weather conditions are affecting crops. Read the rest of this entry »

Questionable Study

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Everett Griner talks about a food study questioning red meat in today’s Agri View.


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Hang On to Memories without the Mess

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How to hang on to things with sentimental value without creating a clutter pile. Cathy Isom has more.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Water-Use Efficiency; Honeybees and Crops

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Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes videos that explain how Cotton Incorporated is trying to increase water-use efficiency in cotton production and how an Alabama farmer is using honeybees to pollinate his soybean crop. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

McMillan Speaks at Alabama AgriBusiness Council Meeting

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John McMillan

The Alabama Agribusiness Council had its annual meeting this week in Orange Beach, and one of the guest speakers was John McMillan, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries. He talked about a variety of issues, including avian influenza.


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Georgia Beef Board Promoting New Recipe Videos

Suzanne Bentley

Suzanne Bentley

Thanks to the beef checkoff, there are new videos designed to help consumers when cooking beef. Suzanne Bentley with the Georgia Beef Board explains what these videos are all about and where you can find them.


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Georgia Bid to Toss Water Lawsuit Rejected

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
By MARGIE MENZEL

chattahoochee-riverTHE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, June 22, 2015………. A special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court to preside over Florida’s long-running water dispute with Georgia has denied a bid to have the case dismissed.

Special master Ralph Lancaster ruled Friday that the federal government does not have to be a party to the case, as Georgia argued in seeking dismissal, and that the lawsuit Read the rest of this entry »

Butt Heads

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Everett Griner talks about goat farming finding new interest in today’s Agri View.


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Bird Flu and This Year’s Thanksgiving Turkey

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Cathy Isom lets us know what this year’s bird flu could mean for shoppers when it comes to paying for this year’s Thanksgiving turkey.


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Many Georgia Cotton Fields Could Use a Good Rain

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton

Cotton planting is dwindling down in Georgia, but as Richey Seaton with the Georgia Cotton Commission notes, many farmers would sure love to see a good general rainfall.


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Watching Dry Land Peanuts

peanut-fieldThere are many fields across the Southeast hoping for a good shower this week, and Tyron Spearman reports that while some peanut farmers have seen rain, others have not.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review June 19

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, urban agriculture in D.C., and helping our pollinator friends.


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Historical Crops

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Everett Griner talks about cotton, one of our most vital crops in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending June 19, 2015

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we explain why the number of avian influenza cases in the U.S. has begun to decline, look at how some appose a proposal to limit the number of entities on farming operations, and how regulations on drones may delay development.

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Weekly Livestock Market Report

Here are the Alabama and Georgia cattle market numbers for the week ending June 19th, compiled by the Livestock Market News Service for both states.

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USDA Working to Further Cut Error Rates in School Meals

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The Agriculture Department’s new tool in catching administrative errors in its School Lunch and Breakfast programs. Cathy Isom has more information.


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Alabama Farmer Places Bees near Soybean Fields

honeybeeWe are hearing more and more about pollinators and the role they play. And some farmers are making sure honeybees are a part of their operations as they are interested in the impact they have on crops. And while honeybees have not traditionally been used to Read the rest of this entry »

McMillan Elected President of Southern Agriculture Commissioners Association

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries:

John McMillan

John McMillan

Montgomery, AL – Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan was elected President of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (SASDA) this week at the conclusion of their annual meeting held in Atlanta, Georgia. “I am honored to have been selected by my fellow commissioners, secretaries and directors of state agriculture departments to serve as SASDA’s President,” said McMillan. “I will work to ensure that all of the voices of southern agriculture are heard in our efforts to Read the rest of this entry »

Bee-ing Informed

Everett Griner talks about ccd being everyone’s problem in today’s Agri View.

Changes on the Way for Buying Meat?

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Cathy Isom explains why one expert says we may soon be changing our meat buying choices.


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House Again Passes Trade Promotion Authority

From the National Pork Producers Council:

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 18, 2015 – With today’s passage by the House of legislation granting the president authority to enter and finalize free trade agreements, the National Pork Producers Council called on the Senate to take up and pass the measure.

House lawmakers voted 218-208 to approve Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which defines objectives and priorities for trade agreements the United States negotiates and establishes consultation and notification requirements for the president to follow throughout the negotiation process. Once trade negotiators finalize a deal, Congress gets to review it and vote – without Read the rest of this entry »

Cotton Incorporated Looking at More Efficient Use of Water

Ed Barnes

Ed Barnes

We all know how important water is to agriculture, and senior director of Agricultural & Environmental Research for Cotton Incorporated, Dr. Ed Barnes, has information about the research he and his team are doing to better understand and increase water-use efficiency in cotton production.


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National Pollinator Celebration

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Cathy Isom fills us in on the place to BEE to celebrate National Pollinator’s Week.


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Learn more about National Pollinator Week and the celebration.

Southern Comfort

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Everett Griner talks about southern food finding new borders in today’s Agri View.


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Georgia Cotton Commission Pleased with House Ag Committee Action

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton

Richey Seaton with the Georgia Cotton Commission says they are pleased with passage of a bill by the House Agriculture Committee that amends the U.S. Cotton Futures Act to allow for the development of certain new cotton futures contracts.


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To learn more about this bill click here.

Checkoff Educating Consumers about Beef

www.mybeefcheckoff.comIn this week’s “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Gerald Long from Bainbridge, Georgia knows how important the beef checkoff is in reaching today’s consumers.


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

Hog Plan

Cdy00286Everett Griner talks about the reduction of Feral Hogs is happening in today’s Agri View.


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