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Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement Formally Signed

Trans Pacific PartnershipThe next step in the journey of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal was reached with signing of the agreement by member nations Wednesday. Rod Bain has the story.


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Florida State Fair Opens Thursday

fl-state-fair-2016The annual Florida State Fair opens Thursday in Tampa, and various state officials will be on hand to kick off this year’s event. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam and Attorney General Bondi will open the event with first responders by “flipping the switch” to turn on the lights of the midway. They will then join local farmers, ranchers and representatives from Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Legislature Recognizes Farm Credit System

Dennis Carlton

Dennis Carlton

The nation’s Farm Credit system was created 100 years ago, when Woodrow Wilson signed the act that established the farm credit system. It was designed to provide consistent access to credit for farmers and ranchers in rural communities. And that fact was recognized this week during the Florida Legislative session. Southeast AgNet’s Tallahassee intern Alex Lucas talked with Dennis Carlton about the role Farm Credit plays in Florida.


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Florida Ag Hall of Fame is Next Week

Dr. Jack Payne

Dr. Jack Payne

The University of Florida/IFAS wants to congratulate this year’s inductees into the Florida Ag Hall of Fame. Dr. Jack Payne, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, says there are four deserving folks that will be inducted on February 9 in Tampa.


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China Relations

ChinaEverett Griner talks about agriculture trade with China in today’s Agri View.


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Duvall Encourages More Programs for Young People

Zippy Duvall

Zippy Duvall

Zippy Duvall, who was recently elected to lead the American Farm Bureau Federation, is a person who truly believes in getting more young people involved in agriculture.


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Adjusting to Lower Prices

We told you recently that 2016 may be a disappointment to farmers as it’s not expected to bring a boost to low commodity prices or lower farm incomes. USDA chief economist Rob Johansson says producers will respond in a number of ways to cope with another year of low commodity prices.


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Statement from Agriculture Deputy Secretary Harden on Plans to Depart USDA

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2016 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today made the following statement on her plans to depart the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at the end of February 2016:

Krysta Harden

Krysta Harden

“Today is bittersweet for me as I announce my decision to step down as Deputy Secretary at the end of February. I am proud of what our Department has accomplished since 2009 to bring economic opportunity that will help rural America thrive for generations to come. And although I will not be part of the many great and transformational things USDA will accomplish over the next year, I am more committed than ever to Read the rest of this entry »

Commissioner Putnam Applauds Governor Scott for Signing Water Policy Legislation

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.– Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued the following statement regarding Governor Scott’s signing of water policy legislation:

“In a state as diverse as Florida, water is our common identity. I thank Governor Scott for signing this water policy legislation that will protect the quality and quantity of our water for future generations.

“Florida is the third largest state in the country and our growth rate recently surpassed that of California. Just as every person needs water, so too does Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Ag industry Invited to Panel Discussion

usda-logoUSDA invites agricultural producers, natural resource managers and anyone in the ag industry to attend a panel discussion titled “Challenges and Opportunities Facing Women, Minority and Veteran Farmers”. It will take place at the Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in Read the rest of this entry »

Commissioner Adam Putnam’s Statement on Passage of House Water Policy Bill

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued the following statement today regarding the Florida House of Representative’s passage of a key water policy bill, one day after the Florida Senate’s unanimous passage, that will help protect and manage Florida’s water resources:

“After years of hard work, the Florida Legislature has passed meaningful water policy reform that will help tackle Florida’s biggest long-term challenge – water. This legislation will address the needs of our growing population and economy, and it will protect our most precious natural resources. This legislation is a desperately needed Read the rest of this entry »

Feed a Bee

A honeybee from the People’s Garden Apiary visits the perennial Nepeta cataria (Common name: Catnip) in the herb garden of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) headquarters People’s Garden in Washington, D.C.Cathy Isom tells us about the national campaign creating quite a buzz for honey bees. You may recall Bayer CropScience launched the Feed a Bee campaign last year. A major new initiative to increase forage for honey bees and other pollinators.


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