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Farm Exports

Large container ship in a dockEverett Griner talks about expanding farm exports in today’s Agri View.


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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 »

USDA Video: Stamps Honor Farmers Markets

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

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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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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USDA Continues to Seek Input for 2017 Census of Ag

USDA continues to seek input on the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Released once every five years, the census provided detailed data covering agriculture down to the county level.


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To learn more and to access the complete 2012 Census of Agriculture results, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov.

Florida Extension Agents Attending Annual Conference

uf-ifas-logoAll this week, the Extension Professional Associations of Florida are conducting their annual conference in Panama City Beach. Dr. Jack Payne, senior vice-president for ag and natural resources at the University of Florida, says it’s a great event to get all of these extension agents together.


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More information about the Extension Professional Associations of Florida is available on their website.

Florida NRCS Getting Conservation Education to Schools

USDAAs students begin another school year, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida is once again providing a variety of educational tools for teachers and students about conservation.


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For more information just go to nrcs.usda.gov.

Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Florida Ag Exports Increased

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Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about how Florida achieved 4.1 billion dollars in international agricultural trade.


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You can follow Florida Commissioner Adam Putnam on Facebook and Twitter.

Meet Sammy Soil

nrcs-sammy-soilWith back to school time here, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida wants children across the state to know about Sammy Soil, a soil conservation icon for NRCS. Sammy, who has managed to capture the public’s attention for more than 40 years, started as a cartoon and now serves as a mascot for the agency. To learn more about Sammy click here.

Southerland and Putnam Discuss EPA Regulations

fl-wotus-press-conf-08-18-1U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II hosted a press conference today from Florida’s Capitol in Tallahassee to highlight his Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (H.R. 5078). Southerland was joined by Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and other Florida stakeholders to highlight bipartisan efforts to stop the EPA and Army Corps from expanding its regulatory authority to almost any body of water in America. Afterwards, Southeast AgNet’s Gary Cooper caught up with both of them to Read the rest of this entry »

Farmers Have a Chance to Direct $3.3 Million to Nonprofits

Farmers across the Southeast are being asked to take part in America’s Farmers Grow Communities. The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program is partnering with farmers to direct $2,500 donations to individual nonprofit organizations.


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Florida Remembers Hurricane Charley on 10th Anniversary

From the Florida Division of Emergency Management:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Ten years ago today, Hurricane Charley made landfall near Port Charlotte in Southwest Florida as a Category 4 storm, making it the strongest storm since Hurricane Andrew to impact Florida. On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Charley, Florida’s residents and visitors are reminded to have a family emergency plan and a disaster supply kit. It only takes one storm to significantly impact your family, business, and community.

“Hurricane Charley was the first of four hurricanes to impact Florida during the 2004 season. Florida’s State Emergency Response Team worked together to provide support during the response and recovery of the storm,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “The 2004 hurricane season produced some of the Read the rest of this entry »

ADAI Clean Sweep Program Pesticide Collection Days in September

From the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries:

Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries in cooperation with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, are conducting two agricultural pesticide collection days, one to be held Wednesday, September 3rd in Baldwin County and another on Thursday, September 4th in Henry County.

The ADAI Clean Sweep Program allows farmers, pesticide applicators, pesticide dealers, pest control operators, and nurseryman, at no cost, to bring up to Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Florida Farmland

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Adam Putnam

On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks to Franko Galoso about the increased number of farms and farmland acreage in Florida.


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You can follow Florida Commissioner Adam Putnam on Facebook and Twitter.

Agricultural Producers in Florida Still Have Time to Apply for Direct Farm Ownership Loan Program

From USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Florida:

(Gainesville, FL), Aug. 07, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Florida Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Rick Dantzler, today announced that farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest 2014 loans available through FSA’s direct farm ownership program. The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 30, 2014.

Eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct new farm buildings or Read the rest of this entry »

Vilsack Gives Report on Farm Bill Implementation

Gary Crawford

Gary Crawford

On Wednesday U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack gave a 6-month update on the new farm bill. Gary Crawford has this story on where we are in the process of implementing it.


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Ram Certified Agriculture Dealers

dodge-ram-logo-2Dodge trucks are following up on their widely popular Super Bowl ad by focusing on the agriculture community. Gary Cooper reports.


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To learn more about the Certified Agricultural Dealership Program, visit their website.

Safety Issue

farming tractor spraying a fieldEverett Griner talks about how living near a farm could be dangerous in today’s Agri View.


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University of Florida PIE Center to Hold Webinar

Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper

Coming up August 20th, the University of Florida’s PIE Center will hold a webinar that many of you may be interested in. Gary Cooper has the details.


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To learn more about this webinar click here.

Florida Achievement in Agriculture Finalists Announced

From the Florida Farm Bureau Federation:

Gainesville, Fla.—Three finalists have been selected for Florida Farm Bureau’s 2014 Achievement in Agriculture Award and will compete in October for the top statewide honor.

This year’s finalists are Trevor Bass (Alachua County), Doug and DeAnne Carter (Suwannee County) and Corey Lambert (Hardee County).

The Achievement in Agriculture award recognizes members of Read the rest of this entry »

UF/IFAS Extension Youth Development Program Lead Initiative for State Day of Service

From the University of Florida IFAS:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida 4-H members are inviting their fellow 4-H members across the state to join them in a 4-H Day of Service. This project is a call to action for 4-H members to engage in service projects that tie into the elements of the 4-H pledge – Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.

On Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, 4-H members attending Florida 4-H University take part in several service projects. 4-H University attendees are 4-H members from each of the 67 counties throughout the state. There are over Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Innovative Farmer Awardees Announced

From the Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference:

Gainesville, Fla. – The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Florida A&M University’s Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Focus Team are pleased to announce the three winners of the Innovative Farmer Award for this year’s conference.

The Innovative Farmer Award recognizes farmers and ranchers who are innovative leaders and excel in making their farming systems more profitable over the long term, using farming practices that Read the rest of this entry »

Organic Questions

organic vegetablesEverett Griner talks about organic farming and the possibility of it being stalled in today’s Agri View.


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Southerland Fighting to Protect Agriculture

Steve Southerland

Steve Southerland

We told you last week that U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II, who serves Florida’s 2nd Congressional District, applauded the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s unanimous approval of legislation he introduced to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers from extending federal regulatory powers to almost any body of water in America. I had a chance today to talk with Rep. Southerland about H.R. 5078, “The Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act”.


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Women Becoming the Face of Agriculture

There are more and more women becoming the face of agriculture. Cindy Zimmerman has the details.


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Nomination Deadline Nearing for FSA County Committees

USDA’s Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan Garcia reminds farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that Aug. 1, 2014, is the deadline for local FSA county committee nominations.


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Calling All Kid Chefs: 2014 Student Chef Cook-Off Kicks Off

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Tallahassee, FL – Are you a student going into 4th through 12th grade? Do you like to cook? Then this is the contest for you!

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is searching for student chef ambassadors to promote “Fresh From Florida” recipes and products. Read the rest of this entry »

NRCS Continues to Reenroll Expiring CSP Contracts

USDAUSDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service reminds landowners who signed up in the Conservation Stewardship Program in 2010, those contracts are about to expire and they encourage re-enrollment.


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Commissioner Putnam Announces Winners of Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Awards

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Tallahassee, FL – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced the three winners of the state’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award, which recognizes agricultural enterprises that are at the forefront of developing and adopting environmentally innovative farming practices.

“The recipients of these awards have each demonstrated a sustained commitment to conserving our natural resources and improving our environment,” Commissioner Putnam said. “Whether producing milk, growing potatoes or cultivating nursery plants, they have all Read the rest of this entry »

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