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Alabama Producer Elected to AFBF Position

Jon Hegeman (photo courtesy of AgWired)

Jon Hegeman (photo courtesy of AgWired)

During the recent American Farm Bureau Federation Convention, the new chairman of the Young Farmer and Rancher committee took his position. And that person is Jon Hegeman from White Plains, Alabama.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Another Four Years as Commissioner

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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 his second term and what to expect the next four years.


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

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Hired Hands

migrant farm workers in agricultural field pickingEverett Griner talks about migrant farmworker complaints continuing in today’s Agri View.


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Vilsack on Busy Year for USDA

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Tom Vilsack

2014 has been a very busy year for many staff members at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack told Southeast AgNet one big reason why is we did get a new farm bill this year.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Dairy Deadline; Specialty Crop Protection

AgNet This Week

Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes a reminder on Friday’s dairy program deadline and information on increased protection for specialty crop growers. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe and view the current issue.

USDA Conducting Census of Horticulture

usda-logoUSDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is conducting the 2014 Census of Horticulture. The census is the only detailed production and sales data for the U.S. floriculture, nursery and specialty crop industries, including greenhouse food crops.


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USDA Video: USDA Week In Review December 12

USDA-Week-in-ReviewA weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, snowy and cold or dry and mild? The International Year of Soils and healthcare coverage in rural America. Please watch the video.

Migrants

migrant farm workers in agricultural field pickingEverett Griner talks about migrant labor helping America grow in today’s Agri View.


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USDA Provides Greater Protection for Fruit, Vegetable and Other Specialty Crop Growers

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when Read the rest of this entry »

Vilsack Encourages Rural Americans to Get Health Insurance

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Tom Vilsack

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is encouraging rural Americans to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. In a conversation this morning with Southeast AgNet, he said there are too many people across rural America who do not have health insurance coverage.


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More information is available at healthcare.gov.

Food Scammers

12-20-farmers-marketEverett Griner talks about imposters invading Farmer’s Markets in today’s Agri View.


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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Now Accepting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is now accepting applications for $4.5 million in expected federal funding for the Florida Specialty Crop Block Grant program.

The grant, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will be awarded to nonprofits, producers, academic institutions, government agencies and others to fund projects that will enhance the Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Video: USDA Week In Review November 28

USDA-Week-in-ReviewA weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree arrives and USDA research brightens the holidays. Please watch the video.

Alabama Education Meetings on the Farm Bill Coming Up

Tyron Spearman

Tyron Spearman

Alabama is planning some meetings on the educational section of the new Farm Bill. The Alabama Extension Service is teaming up with USDA and the Alabama Farmers Federation to have these meetings. Tyron Spearman tells us about the meetings, times and locations.


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Say Thanks…to a Farmer

happy-thanksgiving-cardEverett Griner talks about what we have to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving in today’s Agri View.


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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Giving Thanks for Ranchers Farmers and Growers

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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 giving thanks for Ranchers, Farmers and Growers.


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

Discover more by visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.

Tough Year

farm incomeEverett Griner talks about the net farm income being down this year in today’s Agri View.


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Easy Pickin’s

agricultural vehiclesEverett Griner talks about farm theft on the rise nationwide in today’s Agri View.


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Southeast AgNet This Week: Cotton and Peanut Forecasts

AgNet This Week

 Today’s issue of Southeast AgNet This Week includes details on cotton and peanut forecasts, veterans in agriculture, Florida orchid producer insights and more. Want to hear more about these topics? Click here to subscribe today and view the current issue.

Record Year for Agriculture Exports

The final numbers for agriculture exports in 2014 confirmed a record setting value.


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Challenging FFA to Lead the Next Generation of Farmers

Tom Vilsack

Tom Vilsack

During the recent National FFA Convention, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack challenged FFA members to be among those driving agriculture in the future.


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Florida Orchid Producer Thrilled With New “PMA Fresh Summit” Floral Focus

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Lucio

In this follow up to the recent “PMA Fresh Summit 2014” in Anaheim, California, we feature Marcella Lucio, V. P. of Marketing and Sales for Silver Vase Orchids and Bromeliads in Homestead, Florida. With a beautiful display of her products in the Produce Marketing Association’s “Fresh Summit” this year, Lucio says it has become a great event for fresh flower and floral producers nowadays too, right along with the produce marketers who have grown the event into one of, if not the largest show of its kind in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Republican Agriculture Commissioners Committee Statement on Election Results

From the Republican Agriculture Commissioners Committee:

Washington, DC – Republican Agriculture Commissioners Committee (RACC) Executive Director Tim Barnes this evening issued the following statement:

“Tonight voters throughout the country made it clear: They are thrilled with the hard work and dedication being put forth by Read the rest of this entry »

The Future of Agriculture

Tom Vilsack

Tom Vilsack

During the recent 87th National FFA Convention, U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack talked about how these students are the future of agriculture. Cindy Zimmerman has the story.


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Commissioner Putnam Recognizes Winners of Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Awards

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

FDACSPonte Vedra Beach, FL – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today presented awards to the three winners of the state’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award, which recognizes agricultural enterprises that are at the forefront of developing and adopting innovative and environmentally sensitive farming practices. Read the rest of this entry »

New Nematicide is a ‘Step Change’ Away From Restricted-Use Soil Fumigants

Article by: Pablo A. Navia Gine
Innovation Technical Leader
ADAMA

Pablo A. Navia Gine

Pablo A. Navia Gine

Nematodes are the most prolific parasite on the planet. With more than 10,000 classified species worldwide, they can be found virtually everywhere — in soil, water, and inside plants and animals. Described as the “unseen enemy”, nematodes account for an estimated 14 percent of all worldwide plant losses, which translates into global yield losses of more than $100 billion annually, including $9.1 billion here in the U.S.

Crop production problems induced by nematodes generally occur as a result of root dysfunction, reducing rooting volume and foraging and poor utilization of water and nutrients. The most widespread and Learn more about NIMITZ and ADAMA.

2014 National FFA Convention is Next Week

ffa-logoMore than 60,000 FFA members from across the U.S. are expected to attend the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo October 29th through November 1st. This is the second year of its three-year run in Louisville, Kentucky before it returns to Indianapolis for three years. Read the rest of this entry »

PMA Fresh Summit Attracts Record Number of Farmers, Sellers, Buyers

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Silbermann

Lots is changing in produce and floral production and marketing these days. Produce Marketing Association (PMA) CEO Bryan Silbermann offers great insights in this lively and pointed discussion, in the midst of the 2014 PMA Summit held in Anaheim California this week.


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Import Problems

Red Imported Fire Ants

Red Imported Fire Ants

Everett Griner talks about imported insects and disease costing millions in today’s Agri View.


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Day Two of Sunbelt Ag Expo

sunbeltToday is day two of the 37th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia as much better weather is expected. And Tyron Spearman says there will be a lot to see while there.


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