Ag in Review for the Week Ending May 8, 2015

Randall Weiseman Alabama, Cattle, Field Crops, Florida, General, Georgia, Livestock, Specialty Crops, USDA-NRCS

In this week’s recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast, we talk about new dollars coming to Alabama, Florida and Georgia through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, how to get rid of old paint, oil and other chemicals, and an interesting story about tomato varieties. To hear weekly reviews subscribe to our podcast: Alabama Florida Georgia

Statement by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Final Communique by G-20 Agriculture Ministers

Randall Weiseman Alabama, Florida, General, Georgia, Industry News Release

ISTANBUL, May 8, 2015 – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement today, May 8, after endorsing the final communique by the G-20 Agriculture Ministers in Istanbul, Turkey: “I commend Minister of Agriculture Mehmet Mehdi Eker for hosting this important ministerial on food security. Members of the G-20 represent about 85 percent of global gross domestic product and …

NCGA Applauds Senate Bill to Extend Volatility Waiver to E15

Randall Weiseman Alabama, Corn, Energy, Field Crops, Florida, General, Georgia, Industry News Release

From the National Corn Growers Association: The National Corn Growers Association today thanked Senators Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) for introducing a bill to expand the volatility waiver for E15 ethanol, ultimately increasing consumers’ access higher blends of ethanol year-round. “We applaud Senators Donnelly, Grassley, and Fischer for their bipartisan efforts to increase the market …

NRCS Official Visits Southeast to Kick Off New Era of Conservation

Randall Weiseman Alabama, Florida, General, Georgia, USDA-NRCS

Leonard Jordan, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) associate chief for conservation, was in Columbus, Ga., this morning for a signing ceremony for a multi-state nationally funded Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Jordan specifically talked about a project that will involve Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Download Audio To learn more about RCPP, click here.

Roberson Elected Chairman of Farm Credit of Central Florida Board

Randall Weiseman Florida, General, Industry News Release

From Farm Credit of Central Florida: Farm Credit of Central Florida (FCCF) President and CEO, Reggie Holt announced the cooperative’s Board of Directors has elected Zellwood Nursery grower, Robert R. “Robbie” Roberson as chairman, succeeding, David J. Stanford. “Robbie brings great wisdom, and statesmanship to the board. FCCF has been blessed with astute and visionary leadership in the chairman’s position …

UF/IFAS Researchers Bombard Plant-killing Fungus with Silver Nanoparticles

Randall Weiseman Florida, General, Industry News Release, Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

From the University of Florida/IFAS: GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Deep in the soil, underneath more than 400 plant and tree species, lurks a lethal fungus threatening Florida’s $15 billion a year ornamental horticulture industry. But University of Florida plant pathologist G. Shad Ali has found an economical and eco-friendly way to combat the plant destroyer known