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The Future is Bright for Agriculture

One man says the future is bright for agriculture, as Cindy Zimmerman has the story.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Operation Outdoor Freedom 2014

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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 “Operation Outdoor Freedom,” celebrating its third year of events.


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

GMO Crops

Genetically Modified food (GMO foods)Everett Griner talks about GMO crops continuing to increase in today’s Agri View.


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Ag in Review for the Week Ending July 11, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports regarding the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, organic processed products to Korea and how what we eat is costing us more and more.

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Southerland Bill Prevents EPA Overregulation of America’s Waters

Steve Southerland

Steve Southerland

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II introduced bipartisan legislation today to prohibit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from expanding their regulatory authority to almost any body of water in America, including ditches, pipes, watersheds, and farmland ponds. Southerland’s bill, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (H.R. 5078), would stop this unprecedented federal power grab and uphold the balanced, federal-state partnership that has historically regulated the nation’s waters. Read the rest of this entry »

UF/P.I.E. Center Steps Up Its Efforts for Agriculture

UF Ag Communications Professor Rick Telg

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Research, Outreach, Education, and much more is wrapped up in the efforts of the UF P.I.E. Center. UF Ag Communications Professor Rick Telg now heads up the Center for Public Issues Education in UF’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. If you’re involved in Florida agriculture you should be aware of what this important program does, and here’s your chance to hear the details. We caught up with Telg at the recent Florida FFA annual convention in Orlando.


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FDACS Ag Law Enforcement At FL FFA Mtg

Lt. Lachrisha Gwinn of FDACS Ag Law Enforcement Division

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As Lt. Lachrisha Gwinn of FDACS Ag Law Enforcement Division Explains, there was good reason for her team to appear at the Florida FFA Convention and Expo this year. In this feature post, she explains the actions of her Department and the connection to the FFA.


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Immigration Reform Not Likely This Year

Dale Moore

Dale Moore

It looks like agriculture will have to go another year without comprehensive immigration reform needed to provide a steady and legal supply of migrant labor.


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Phillip Hunter Named 2014 Alabama Farmer of the Year

Phillip Hunter

Phillip Hunter

Drive through Nashville or Birmingham and see the upscale offices and residential complexes. Chances are, the trees landscaping these properties came from the farm of Phillip Hunter.

He grew up as a city boy and now lives in Birmingham. He raises shade, evergreen and ornamental trees at the Hunter Trees, LLC nursery in Talladega County.

As a result of his success as a nursery operator, Hunter has been selected as Read the rest of this entry »

EPA Administrator Discusses Waters of the U.S.

Gina McCarthy

Gina McCarthy

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy held a press call this morning to preview her trip to Missouri this week to meet with farmers, stakeholders and agribusiness leaders to discuss Waters of the U.S. The proposed rule, which is designed to clarify and protect our nation’s waters under the Clean Water Act, has been questioned by many in agriculture. She explains in her talk why they are moving forward with the rule.


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The Big Ones

tractorEverett Griner talks about farm equipment becoming larger and larger in today’s Agri View.


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Inviting Pollinators into Your Yard

Cindy Zimmerman has more information on how you can invite pollinators into your yard.


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Florida Commisioner’s Spotlight: New EPA Water Rule

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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 concerns regarding new EPA regulations that would give the federal government control over nearly every body of water in the US.


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

New Technology

unmanned droneEverett Griner talks about the time to start learning about drones in today’s Agri View.


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Nutrients for Life Working with Florida FFA Chapters

Joan Kyle

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One of those attending this week’s Florida FFA State Convention is Joan Kyle with the Nutrients for Life Foundation. She talks about how various FFA Chapters across the state participate in their program.


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Kyle also presented several awards to winning chapters and students at the FFA convention Friday. For more about the awards and who won Read the rest of this entry »

No Ag Appropriations Yet

Congress has left town for a few days and as Tyron Spearman reports, we don’t have an agriculture appropriations yet.


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Florida FFA Convention a Big Draw

Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper

The annual Florida FFA State Convention has been taking place this week as folks from across the state have been in attendance. One of those is Southeast AgNet’s Gary Cooper as he files this report.


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More information on this week’s convention is available on the Florida FFA website.

The Faces of Farming

We told you earlier this week the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance was looking for the new “Faces of Farming & Ranching”. Well today, Cindy Zimmerman has a story with a person who is a one of the Faces of Farming.


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Florida’s Finest FFA Chapters Selected

The 2014 Florida FFA State Convention is underway this week and here is a news release from that event:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida FFA is pleased to announce the selection of “Florida’s Finest” FFA Chapters. The selection of these chapters is based upon the completion of the National Chapter Award program application. These chapters have excelled in the areas of student, chapter and community development and have worked hard to fulfill the mission of the FFA. One member and one advisor Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Farmers Can Sign Up to Help Pollinators

USDAState Agronomist and Plant Materials Specialist with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida, MiMi Williams, reminds Florida farmers that July 18 is the sign up deadline to help pollinators in the effort to reverse the loss of pollinator food and habitat.


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Hard Charges

Genetically Modified food (GMO foods)Everett Griner talks about G.M.O. foods still raising questions in today’s Agri View.


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Immigration Reform Labeled Dead

Reports out of our nation’s capitol indicate lawmakers on both sides of the immigration reform issue have said immigration is effectively dead until after President Obama leaves office, even though the President called immigration reform his top priority for his second term.


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Ag in Review Ending the Week of June 27, 2014

This is recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast featuring reports regarding the estate tax, proposed waters of the U.S. rule, and looking forward to seeing USDA’s numbers in Monday’s acreage report.

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USDA Video: This Week @ USDA June 27

A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- 4th of July, World Cup and Summer Party Food Safety Tips
- USDA launches a website to help new and beginning farmers
- Providing children nutritious meals during the summer Check out the video!

Congress Continues Fight over EPA Proposal

The fight over EPA’s proposal to vastly expand its control of U.S. waters is reaching a boil in Congress, where ag lawmakers continue to blast the plan as a massive land grab.


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Florida Woman is New National Ag in the Classroom President

Lisa Gaskalla

Lisa Gaskalla

Going on all this week in Hershey, Pennsylvania is the 2014 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference. An event where the Executive Director of Florida Ag in the Classroom, Lisa Gaskalla, takes over as national president.


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New Efforts to Help Honeybees

honey-beeWe told you yesterday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been working to stir the interest of people around the country about the importance of helping pollinators, such as bees, do their jobs.


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Water Issues Concern Florida Ag Commissioner

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

Many people are concerned with the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, which expands federal jurisdiction to all waters across the country. And that is a topic that Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam knows is important to all of agriculture in the state.


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Helping Pollinators Do Their Jobs

honey-beeEfforts continue by USDA to help pollinators, such as bees, to do their jobs.


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Tamarixia for Biological Control on Asian Citrus Psyllids

tamarixia-radiataWe told you last week that a new state-of-the art facility to improve the health of Florida’s endangered citrus industry opened in LaCrosse, as the Florida Citrus Repository will expand the Citrus Germplasm Introduction Program. It opens just four months after the expansion of the state’s Dundee Biological Control Laboratory, also integral to Florida’s fight against citrus greening, as it rears the beneficial insect Tamarixia radiata.


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